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  • George Smid
    Article: Jan 25, 2018
    By George Smid in Lincolnshire Reporter

    This column has long argued that Brexit was the result of massive mismanagement by previous governments, Labour and Tories alike, and leaving the European Union offered a convenient scapegoat. But Brexit on its own will not solve our problems and might even make them worse.

    Consider the following: you are sitting on the train, listening to excuses why the train is delayed: previous train blocking the station, 'technical faults', leaves on the tracks, … rain, sun … the best I have heard was 'horses on the track'. What next? The attack by the Indians?

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jan 20, 2018
    By Vince Cable in Evening Standard

    We have just finished "celebrating" the 10th anniversary of Northern Rock. Its collapse proved to be the stone which triggered the landslide of failing banks and the many, mainly small, companies dragged down with them.

    The Carillion landslide is already pulling down hundreds of contractors and subcontractors and it illustrates the way that business is a network of companies tied together by credit, contracts, and (one hopes) trust.

  • rural
    Article: Jan 17, 2018
    By Christine Jardine MP

    RBS's closures of rural banking are ill-conceived. Many vulnerable customers will find it increasingly hard to manage their money as a result.

    Today, Les Matheson, Chief Executive, Personal & Business Banking for RBS appeared before the Westminster Scottish Affairs committee.

    RBS (whose headquarters is in my constituency) has caused controversy in recent months by shuttering many of their rural branches, leaving many unable to access their accounts and struggling to manage their money.

  • Tim Farron MP visits apprentices on local housing development
    Article: Nov 27, 2017
    By Vince Cable MP

    We've had an industrial strategy already for five years. But there is a big cloud hanging over it now caused by the major uncertainties around Brexit.

    The combination of falling apprenticeship starts and restricted access to skilled labour after Brexit will cripple the Industrial Strategy.

  • Rebecca Taylor - Candidate for Morley & Outwood Constituency
    Article: Nov 8, 2017
    By Rebecca Taylor in Liberal Democrat Voice

    It is widely recognised that the UK has a mid-level skills gap, which means employers can struggle to recruit for medium skilled occupations. At the same time, it can be hard for established workers (those over 25) to retrain or upskill if they aren't supported by their employer or can't self-fund.

  • Lorely Burt
    Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Liberal Democrat small business spokesperson Lorely Burt has backed a British Retail Consortium report warning that the future of the high street is threatened by business rates.

    Lorely Burt said:

    "The whole system of business rates is not working and is not fair. The government has tried tinkering but this is no longer enough. We need to look at land tax valuations.

  • Teresa May's Money Tree
    Article: Oct 17, 2017
    By Vince Cable in City A.M.

    The magic money tree has become an overused, hackneyed term of political abuse.

    Worse, it seems to have lost its capacity to hurt.

    It was, when first used, a rather witty way of making a serious point about political programmes which don't add up financially.

    Throughout three decades of Tory, Labour and coalition rule, opposition as well as government spokespeople took the concept of financial responsibility seriously.

  • Policy
    Article: Sep 29, 2017
    By George Kendall in Lberal Democrat Voice

    Have you ever heard the following?

    "The government should stop subsidising exploitation wages."

    "I work hard for my money. Families on child tax credits need to get up off their backsides."

    If you've canvassed on council estates you probably have. And, no doubt, the #labservatives have too, which is why both of them supported massive cuts to welfare.

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Aug 28, 2017
    By Vince Cable MP

    Business-bashing slogans will do nothing to increase the confidence of companies already worried about the effects of Theresa May's plans to take us out of the single market and customs union.

    As Business Secretary I gave binding votes on executive pay policy to shareholders of publicly limited companies, requiring the approval of 50% of shareholders, and allowing a transparent single number for pay.

  • train
    Article: Aug 23, 2017
    By Jenny Randerson

    Writing in the Yorkshire Post, Chris Grayling said: "the success of Northern transport depends on the North itself."

    It comes after the government dropped pledges to electrify rail routes in Wales, the Midlands and the North, while supporting the £30 billion Crossrail 2 scheme for London.

    This is a betrayal of the North and all the areas across the country being neglected under this Conservative government.

    The government is trying to dodge responsibility after breaking its promises to upgrade regional rail links.

    Chris Grayling may be a South East MP but as Transport Secretary he has a responsibility to look beyond the capital.

    The rest of the country deserves better. The government needs to act now to stop the 'Northern Powerhouse' becoming a byword for failure.