JULIA AND THE RECORD

13 March 2014

Julia Goldsworthy, former Cornwall Libdem MP and now chosen as prospective parliamentary candidate for Camborne and Redruth, says the Libdem record in government is “a record to be proud of”. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are jointly responsible for what the government does. Here’s some of the proud Tory Libdem government record Goldsworthy hasn’t mentioned.

The Trussell Trust says that in 2013 it helped 12 115 people at its Cornwall foodbanks. In 2011 it helped 4959. An increase of 144 percent in the need for and use of foodbanks. A record to be proud of, Julia?

The Tory Libdem bedroom tax is “an immoral policy”: Andrew George, Libdem MP for St Ives, Hansard 12 November 2013 column 855. The bedroom tax. A record to be proud of, Julia?

Cuts to tax credits that top up low wages, freeze in child benefit. A record to be proud of, Julia?

Cut in income tax for those getting more than £150 000 a year. Helping the rich. A record to be proud of, Julia?

In England in 2009/10 there were 40 020 homeless households; in 2012/13 there were 53 540, an increase of 34 percent. In Cornwall the figures were 419 and 497. See live table 784 here. Increased homelessness. A record to be proud of, Julia?

Funds for affordable housing savaged. A record to be proud of, Julia?

Remploy Penzance shut down in summer 2012. Of the 33 former employees, 12 have jobs a year later. Putting the disadvantaged out of work. A record to be proud of, Julia?

Welfare benefit cuts can lead to 97 percent tax rate on the low paid: the withdrawal of council tax support and housing benefit, combined with income tax and national insurance, can see some people losing 97 pence in the pound of earnings (48th report of the Public Accounts Committee 5 March 2014, paragraph 7). A record to be proud of, Julia?

Government welfare reforms include use of food banks: Department of works and pensions is referring – er, signposting – desperate clients to food banks. See Guardian 11 March 2014.) A record to be proud of, Julia

And there’s this: si monumentum requiris, circumspice.

Goldsworthy became Libdem MP for Falmouth and Camborne in 2005. She lost the redrawn seat of Camborne and Redruth to the Tories at the 2010 general election and was appointed a special adviser to Danny Alexander, Libdem chief secretary to the Treasury (for which she was paid £74 000 a year (Prime minister statement 19 July 2011: she was unpaid initially because she had a resettlement grant after losing her seat). She has resigned as adviser on her selection as prospective parliamentary candidate for Camborne and Redruth.


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