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Full scale of 'dementia tax' revealed as diagnosed cases rise to record high of 442,000

The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Conservative proposed "dementia tax," as official figures have revealed the number of people diagnosed with dementia reached a record high of over 442,000 last month.

NHS digital statistics show that in April 2017, the number of patients recorded by GPs as having dementia was 442,000, more than double the 220,000 cases recorded 10 years ago.

Older people with dementia often need care in their own homes for many years, meaning they would be hit with crippling costs to pay for their own care under Conservative proposals.

Over 134,000 patients with dementia were below the age of 79, while 307,000 were 80 or older.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb commented:

"These figures reveal the impact the Conservative dementia tax will have on thousands of vulnerable people across the country.

"Frail and elderly people receiving care in their own home will now face a ‘Personal Death Tax’ charged against their home. …

Labour Candidate faces integrity test on Nukes slur

The Labour Candidate has recently claimed that John Hemming was campaigning for unilateral nuclear disarmament at the 2015 General Election. This has been done on twitter and this is what she has said:

She also seems to be confused between multilateral disarmament and unilateral disarmament.

The Lib Dem position in 2015 and now was one of keeping nuclear weapons, but having fewer of them. In a world with rogue nations such as North Korea we cannot throw away the nukes as Jeremy Corbyn would do. It was recently confirmed that even though many Labour MPs wish to keep the nuclear weapons, Jeremy Corbyn might still scrap them as PM.

John Hemming's view has been one wishing to see multilateral nuclear disarmament (where everyone in the world gives up having nuclear weapons), but of course with North Korea doing what they are doing this is not possible now and is unlikely to be possible for many years. He has not supported unilateral nuclear disarmament (where the UK throws away the…

Rotherham and similar situations - independent scrutiny is needed - Labour were warned in 2007

This is a link to a debate in 2007. At that debate I asked a question of the minister:

John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley) (LD): As an ex-cub scout, venture scout and assistant scout leader, I welcome the recognition of the importance of scouting in its centenary year and hope that funding follows. The Minister will be aware that I am concerned that children are inappropriately put into care and that research demonstrates that 70 per cent. of children return to their parents when they escape from the control of the state at the age of 16. I am particularly concerned about deaths of children in care, particularly one that occurred in the Trafford local authority area earlier this year. We must ask why arbitrary bureaucratic rules prevent children in care from making toast for each other but do not allow people to prevent them from acting as youth prostitutes. Will she look into the treatment of children in care, including the activities they are allowed to be involved in? Beverley Hughes:…

BMA GP committee warns general practice is on the "brink of collapse,"

BMA GP committee warns general practice is on the "brink of collapse" 

John Hemming says:

“Instead of £350m a week for the NHS, under the Conservatives we’ve seen the health service being gradually run into the ground.

“Patients across the country are struggling to get appointments with their GP.

“The NHS cannot take five years of a Conservative landslide that would give Theresa May free rein to cut services further at your local hospital.

“The Liberal Democrats offer a brighter future with a penny on income tax to rescue the NHS and care.”

The top 10 articles people are interested in

One thing about online systems is that it is possible to find out what articles are read by more people and which ones appear unimportant.

My campaign is mainly positive, but I am also highlighting issues where I believe it demonstrates that my opponent was not doing her job properly as an MP.

I have sorted the articles on this blog by the number of people who are interested in them. Here is the top ten list
Millionaires and PoliticsGender Issues Comparison of CandidatesThe Courts - particularly family courtsHousing Benefit for 18-21 year olds Extra money for the NHSWhy Marxism is WrongThe running of the parliamentary officeThe Labour Candidates Book Promotion tour and why it mattersLabour Leaflet AnalysisBus Regulation and Bus Wars
What this demonstrates is that people are generally more interested when one candidate is raising issues in respect of another candidate than purely positive articles. Housing Benefit comes interestingly high in the top ten list. Housing Benefit is, of c…

Lib Dems announce £6,205,320 to give children in Birmingham a brighter future

7,181 3-4 year-olds in Birmingham would benefit from Liberal Democrat plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, with gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The cash would triple the funding to £1,000 per pupil per year - up from £302 in 2015-16.

This will increase the allocation for Birmingham from around £2,068,440 to £6,205,320, and will pay for every disadvantaged child who benefits to receive 570 hours of state-funded early education.

It forms part of a series of policies the Liberal Democrats are announcing ahead of launching their manifesto, with a focus on giving children and young people a brighter future.

These include:
Helping people buy their first home for the same cost as renting, with a new model of ‘Rent to Own’ homes Restoring housing benefit for young people Creating a discounted bus pass for 16-21 year olds, giving a 66% discount As well as: Investing almost £7bn in …

Lib Dems would give the West Midlands police force an extra £16,220,000 a year

Liberal Democrats have announced they would boost investment in police forces by £300m a year. This is in stark contrast to the Conservatives who have overseen devastating cuts to community policing. Theresa May as Home Secretary and now Prime Minister has cut policing budgets by over £2bn, eroding the very fabric of community policing.

Under the Liberal Democrats the West Midlands would see a funding increase of £16,220,000 a year. This could be used to restore a visible policing presence in the community and ensure the police have the training and tools to deal with the changing nature of crime.

Liberal Democrat John Hemming commented:“This investment in our police is absolutely vital. Under Theresa May – first as Home Secretary and now as Prime Minister, our police have had to deal with severe cuts. These are now cutting into the bone.“Our police work tirelessly to keep us safe and this Government has completely betrayed them.“Only the Liberal Democrats have a credible pl…

Lib Dems commit to £780 pay rise for public sector workers

Liberal Democrats have announced they would end years of pay restraint for nurses, teachers and police by lifting the 1% cap on public sector pay and up-rating wages in line with inflation. The plans would lead to an estimated pay rise of £780 for the average public sector worker by 2021.

In contrast, the Conservative's public sector pay cap combined with rising inflation since the Brexit vote will mean that by 2021 a new nurse will be £530 a year worse off, a primary school teacher £550 and an army sergeant £830.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable commented:

“Public sector workers are facing a double blow at the hands of this Conservative government, with years of pitiful increases to pay combined with a Brexit squeeze caused by soaring inflation.

“Our NHS and schools are already struggling to recruit the staff they need.

"Living standards are falling, prices are rising and nurses are going to food banks – but Theresa May doesn’t care.

“A better future i…

Lib Dems to reinstate bursaries for student nurses

Speaking at the Royal College of Nursing Congress, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has confirmed that the Party would reinstate student bursaries, which benefit nursing, midwifery and allied health students, with immediate effect.

In 2015, the Conservative Government announced they would be scrapping bursaries for nursing students from August 2017.

UCAS figures show that the number of applications for nursing courses due to start this year were approximately 10,000 lower – down by nearly a quarter – compared to the same point last year. The Liberal Democrats argue that this short-sighted cut will compound the existing shortage of nurses in the NHS, threatening the quality of patient care.

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

“The Government’s decision to abandon bursaries for nursing students was clearly wrong.

"The evidence has shown a drastic fall in the number of people applying to study nursing following this dangerously short-sighted cut.

"W…

Lib Dems launch “start-up allowance” for budding entrepreneurs

The Liberal Democrats would give a “start-up allowance’ to help budding entrepreneurs with living costs in the first six months of setting up their business.

The party is making a bold pitch to be the party of business with Tim Farron the only major party leader committed to Britain’s membership of the single market. Tim will launch the party’s business policy at the Liberal Democrat Entrepreneurs Network event on Tuesday night.

Susan Kramer, Liberal Democrat Business spokesperson, said:

“Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of a thriving economy but I know from my own time in business, the early months can be really tough. This will really help get small businesses off the ground and let the economy grow. It takes courage to set up a business, and we are on the side of entrepreneurs."

Tim Farron said:

“While the Conservatives focus on giving tax cuts to giant corporations, our focus is on small businesses seeking to grow. And unlike Labour and the Conservatives, we would s…

The Labour Candidate's Book Promotion Tour and Why It Matters

In the 2015 General Election the Labour Candidate criticised John Hemming for having an external interest and made a pledge that she would be a "Full Time MP for Yardley and my only other job will be mom & carer ...".  Here is a copy of that pledge:


Since that point she has been working on paid Television Programmes and has also written a book. John Hemming has made no secret of the fact that he chairs the board of the company he founded in 1983. This involves one meeting a month. When he was the MP for Yardley he was a full time MP and the Job of being MP for Yardley came first. The Labour candidate has reported 1,274 hours of work other than being an MP in the two years she has been elected and her income in the last year was over £131,000.

Ignoring the question as to how she reconciles that with her "pledge" the question is raised as to what extent her external activity conflicts with the role of Member of Parliament for Yardley. She is supposed to de…

Lib Dems announce plans to address housing shortage in Birmingham

The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in Birmingham and build more affordable homes.

There are currently 15,110 families in Birmingham on a waiting list for council homes, down from 16,130 last year.

In addition, official figures show 4,397 homes in Birmingham have been empty for over six months.

The Liberal Democrats would introduce a legal requirement for smaller housing developments to include affordable homes, make it easier for local authorities and housing associations to borrow money and set up a new government-backed Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank.

The party would allow local authorities to hike up council tax on empty homes by up to 200%, including second homes. Local authorities could also choose to impose penalties on developers who leave plots of land empty for over 3 years, to tackle so-called land-banking.

John Hemming commented:

“Hundreds of families in Birmingham are struggling to find a decent and affordable place to call ho…

RCN warning on patients - Lamb responds

The Liberal Democrats have responded to a report by the Royal College of Nursing warning of the threat to patient safety caused by the number of nurses jobs left vacant.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said:

“The government’s public sector pay squeeze is driving nurses out of the profession and this is risking patient safety. It is a scandal that 40,000 nursing positions can’t be filled.

“The Conservatives are bleeding the NHS dry with operations cancelled and patients left on trolleys, which is why we propose a penny on income tax to improve the NHS and social care.

“Some 7% of nurses and health visitors – 22,000 - are other EU nationals, many of whom are also leaving due to the government’s failure to  guarantee the right to remain of NHS nurses.”

Paddy Ashdown steps up bid to save the Royal Marines as Lib Dems commit to 2% NATO Defence Spending

On the same day that the Liberal Democrats have announced a manifesto commitment to the NATO 2% defence spending target, former party Leader Paddy Ashdown has launched a petition to stop further cuts to the Royal Marines in which he served.
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said,
‘In an uncertain and volatile world, it’s our Armed Forces that keep us safe and allow us to play our part in creating a more stable international community.
“Our service personnel are the best in the world. And it’s right that we reward them fairly and make sure that they have the right equipment to do the job. 
“So today, our party is proud to commit to NATO’s defence spending target. For all their rhetoric, the crisis in recruitment and their botched defence review show that the Conservatives have let our Armed Forces down.
“The Liberal Democrats are the only party that can challenge the Conservatives and stand up for strong Armed Forces, fit for the 21st century.” 
Former Royal Marine and Lib Dem peer Pa…

Lamb: Hospital long waits reveal "dismal human cost" of NHS crisis

The number of people waiting longer than they should for hospital care have hit a five-year high in England, figures show. NHS England data for 2016-17 reveals 2.5 million patients waited over four hours in A&E - up from 725,000 in 2011-12.Those waiting over 62 days for cancer treatment topped 26,000 - nearly double the total five years ago.Meanwhile, over 360,000 people have now waited over 18 weeks for an operation, compared to 160,000 five years ago.Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said:

“These figures reveal the dismal human cost of the NHS crisis.

“Millions of patients are waiting in distress and anxiety.

“There is a moral obligation on the government to end this shameful neglect and address the chronic underfunding of our health service.

“Only the Liberal Democrats have put forward a credible plan to rescue the NHS and care by putting a penny in the pound on income tax.”

Lib Dems announce £1bn of funding to transform mental health care

The Liberal Democrats have today announced that £1 billion of the party's additional health funding would be spent tackling the "historic injustice" faced by people with mental ill health. 

Last weekend, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron and Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb unveiled a Five Point NHS and Care Recovery Plan to increase funding for health and social care services, including a penny on income tax to provide a £6 billion funding boost.

Today the Liberal Democrats announced that £1 billion of this extra money would be ring-fenced as dedicated funding for mental health services.

This would help to deliver on 12 key priorities, including improving waiting time standards for mental health care on the NHS and providing support for pregnant women and young people suffering from mental health problems.

The Liberal Democrats will also set out to end the inappropriate use of force against people with mental ill health, end out of area placements for m…

Figures on Additional Education Funding for West Midlands

This is the extra funding the Liberal Democrats are committed to providing for schools in the West MidlandsLocal AuthorityPer Pupil SpendFunding FormulaPupil PremiumTOTAL ADDITIONAL FUNDINGBirmingham£29,113,122£79,674,219£16,159,684£124,947,025Coventry£27,331,190£21,114,102£3,219,599£51,664,891Dudley£25,385,634£9,337,914£2,633,430£37,356,978Herefordshire£25,170,047£3,574,375£966,476£29,710,898Sandwell£27,219,062£13,127,431£4,047,985£44,394,478Shropshire£25,184,601£5,337,029£1,524,652£32,046,282Solihull£24,102,161£4,193,380£1,756,436£30,051,977Staffordshire£24,186,742£7,575,260£5,025,346£36,787,348Stoke-on-Trent£26,259,264£1,936,277£2,884,302£31,079,843Telford and Wrekin£24,725,666£679,395£1,645,682£27,050,744

Cable: IoD now to the left of May on executive pay

In response to a call by the Institute of Directors for the government to give investors a bigger say in executive pay, Sir Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor, said:

“Even directors think executive pay can be excessive, yet the Conservatives still refuse to take action. When so many people are struggling, it undermines confidence in wealth creation, which ultimately harms everybody.

“Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for binding votes on executive pay.

“Conservative failure to take action shows that Theresa May just doesn’t care. Even the Institute of Directors are to the left of her. Perhaps she is simply terrified because she has so dented business confidence by her insistence on pulling Britain out of the customs union and single market.”

Resolving Asymmetric Conflicts

In a world which is getting more dangerous it is important to look at how conflicts can actually be resolved.

England has managed to avoid either a civil war or a revolution since 1688.  That is because people have accepted the constitutional settlement and that was a popular settlement.

From time to time there have been pressures for change.  Those have normally been resolved through essentially peaceful means including a referendum in Scotland and Wales.   The Northern Irish Peace process was much harder to resolve because of the violent incidents that occurred.

The reason violent incidents make conflicts harder to resolve is that they change the balance of a dispute from one which is to some extent rational to one which is driven by emotions and particularly the emotion of revenge.

Violent incidents that result in the deaths of innocent people always create more anger than incidents involving combatants.   This often creates a desire for revenge amongst the side of the dispute that…

Lib Dems will invest £7bn in schools to protect funding per pupil

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest nearly £7bn more in schools and colleges over the next parliament.

The funding would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from the National Funding Formula.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Sarah Olney said:
"Children are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Theresa May doesn't care.

"This extra £7 billion of funding would ensure no school and no child loses out.

"We will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed."

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

"A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone.

"Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for your community.

Why Marxism is wrong (Dialectical Materialism and the theory of Surplus Value)

It is, admittedly, unusual to have a proper Marxist as the Shadow Chancellor standing for election.  However, as we now have one I think it is right to explain the basic problems with Marxism.

There are two key components of Marxist theory: Dialectical Materialism and the theory of Surplus Value.

Dialectical Materialism analyses progress into the concept of there being a Thesis, an Antithesis and consequentially a Synthesis.   The idea is that the conflict between the thesis and antithesis results in the synthesis.

This is essentially an overly simplistic model of society which really does not create any intellectual value.  It encourages the concept of conflict which may be emotionally attractive to some people, but in fact is not normally mass conflict that creates progress. Challenges from competition and the desire to improve things is the main driver for progress. That happens best without mass conflict.

The second part is the theory of Surplus Value
Using the quotation from wik…

Bus Regulation and Bus Wars

In 2010 the Labour Party ridiculed me because I asked a question about bus regulation in Prime Ministers Question Time.

Buses are an important way of getting around the city that are often ignored by middle class people who call themselves socialists.

The issue of bus regulation which is basically that the London system allows sector tendering, but other cities are not allowed this, is behind why this often goes wrong.

In the past we have had serious problems with bus wars and that can be very dangerous although I think that is mainly under control at the moment.

If I am re-elected I will continue to campaign for the West Midlands to be allowed to use sector tendering.

Why should London be allowed to do this and not the West Midlands?

Here is an example photo from bus wars in the past


Lib Dems to give £770 boost to 15,430 senior citizens in Yardley

15,430 pensioners living in Yardley will receive at least an extra £772 per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the 'triple lock' for state pensions.

Thanks to the triple lock guarantee, secured by the Liberal Democrats when they were in government, the basic state pension has risen in each year by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or a rate of 2.5%. However, the Conservatives have refused to guarantee whether the triple lock will continue, raising fears it could be scrapped.

The Liberal Democrats have committed today to keeping the triple lock, meaning the state pension would be worth at least £137.15 a week by 2021, up from £122.30 in 2017, or an extra £772 a year.

This would be paid for in part by restricting perks such as the winter fuel allowance so they are no longer paid to the wealthiest pensioners.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson John Hemming said:

"Protecting the triple lock will mean an extra £772 a year by 2021 for the 15,43…

Marxism in Labour party has more in common with Groucho than Karl

Responding to John McDonnell's speech today, Liberal Democrat Shadow First Secretary of State Alistair Carmichael said:
"John McDonnell seems to think it's 1917, not 2017.

"But the Marxism we're seeing in the Labour party right now has more in common with Groucho than Karl.

"Groucho Marx once said that politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. That could easily have been written with Jeremy Corbyn's Labour in mind.

"Labour has failed as an opposition and is now utterly unelectable.

"The only home for moderate Labour voters is the Liberal Democrats. We are the only party that can challenge Theresa May and provide the strong opposition Britain needs."

Lib Dems make manifesto commitment to protect pensions Triple Lock

Pensioners will receive at least an extra £772 per year by 2021 under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the Triple Lock.  The party are making the commitment to older people unlike the Conservatives who have repeatedly refused to give the guarantee.

This guarantee means the state pension is expected to be worth at least £137.15-a-week by 2021, up from £122.30 in 2017.

Thanks to the Liberal Democrats’ triple lock guarantee, the basic state pension has risen in each year by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or 2.5%. The triple lock was a key demand from the Liberal Democrats in Coalition negotiations.

Labour increased the State Pension by just 75p in 2000. Help the Aged described the 75p increase as “just unacceptable”. Labour had 13 years to restore the earnings link to pensions which Margaret Thatcher severed in 1980. The Liberal Democrats restored the link to earnings within six weeks of getting into government.

The Conservatives have hinted strongly th…

Lib Dems promise £6bn extra a year for the NHS and care

The NHS and social care would receive an extra £6bn a year from the Liberal Democrats, it has been announced.  The new funding is the first of the party’s election manifesto commitments and will be paid for through an immediate 1p rise on all rates of income tax. The funding will be ring-fenced to be spent only on the NHS and social care and will provide vital services with the money they desperately need until a longer-term solution can be found. This is the party’s flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement for the election.  The Liberal Democrats manifesto will set out a ‘five-point recovery plan’ for NHS and social care services in their manifesto. Liberal Democrat Leader, Tim Farron, said: "Theresa May doesn't care about the NHS or social care. People are lying on trolleys in hospital corridors and she has done nothing. The truth is you can't have a strong NHS with a Hard Brexit. "The Liberal Democrats will rescue the NHS…

The Courts - particularly the family courts

One area I have campaigned on in the past and would intend to campaign on after the election (whether I win or not) relates to the judicial system.

There are particular problems within the Family Courts.

As it currently stands the courts rely for public family law proceedings on expert opinion.  That expert opinion is provided mainly by employees of the local authority.  Additionally from time to time other experts are appointed who are theoretically independent, but in practice can be on real or effective retainers from the local authority.

Inevitably the recommendations to the court are driven by the management priorities of the local authority.  Those management priorities are driven by Ofsted who are required by central government to get more children adopted.  Hence we have a system where a key priority is to remove children from one family (for whatever reasons) and place them with another.

It may not seem rational, but that is the case.

Parents should have the right to have …

Hospital waiting lists to rise above 5m - Lamb responds

Norman Lamb has responded with anger to reports that more than five million people could be waiting for NHS treatment within two years, according to confidential documents reported in The Times.

Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Norman Lamb said:

"This is further evidence of a health service facing impossible challenges.

“The inevitable consequence of growing waiting lists is that those with the money will pay to go private, and
who can blame them? But others will be left waiting often in desperate pain.

“We are developing a two-tier system, based on ability to pay and not need.

“This is what the Conservative stewardship of the NHS means for people up and down the country.

“People are lying in trollies in hospital corridors, and Theresa May doesn't care.

"Only the Liberal Democrats are prepared to make the bold decisions required to secure the future of the NHS and social care systems."

Farron: May must not rush into unilateral military action in Syria

Responding to reports Theresa May plans to push through a vote to bomb Syria if she wins the elections, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

"The idea that after months of disinterest and inaction Theresa May would back military intervention against Assad in Syria outside of a wider diplomatic strategy and without UN backing is deeply worrying.

“Assad is a brutal dictator, and the use of chemical weapons is indefensible.

“The action taken by Donald Trump earlier this month was a necessary and proportionate response to the horrific use of chemical weapons. However, we were absolutely clear that we disagreed with the way in which he conducted it- unilaterally, without allies, outside of a wider strategy.

“That is why the UK must not rush headlong into supporting further unilateral military action in Syria by Trump. Undermining international law and rejecting international cooperation has the potential to create instability on a global scale – seen all too clearly by …

Lib Dem response to Labour proposal on STPs and hospital closures

Responding to Labour's announcement it would halt NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb said:

“The original purpose of the STP process was a good thing – to bring fragmented parts of the system together. But it is based on the fantasy that there is enough money to deliver this vision, when the plans are now hundreds of millions of pounds short.

“The real question is: which party is prepared to take the tough action to increase investment? Only the Liberal Democrats will make the case for increasing tax to guarantee the future of the NHS.

“The Conservatives are re-organising the deck-chairs – while the good ship NHS is sinking because they are starving it of funds.

“Hospitals under the Conservatives will close because they are being starved of money, not for clinical reasons. That is a disgrace.”

May knows she isn't telling the truth

Commenting on the latest untruth delivered from the stump in Bristol, a Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

“The Prime Minister is deliberately misleading the public.  She can keep on repeating this tired out cliché but it doesn’t make it true.

“Liberal Democrats have ruled out a coalition with a pro-Brexit Corbyn run Labour Party time and time again, just like we have ruled out a coalition with Theresa May’s pro-Brexit Conservative Party.

“The British public deserve the facts, not blatant untruths.

“Lies like this degrade politics. One might have hoped it was beneath the Prime Minister to spread such disinformation but sadly, it seems she will do anything or say anything for a vote.

Labour Leaflet Analysis 2017

I did an analysis of the Labour leaflets in 2015 which can be seen here. It is clear that there are going to be questions about Labour's leaflets in the 2017 campaign.

For example we have this in the 2017 Labour Leafet:

Here is the leaflet we put out in 2014 once the work had gone into the autumn statement

Another Labour Leaflet There are a number of things that can be argued about in a later Labour leaflet as to whether taxes on wealthy people were increased (which is true overall according to HM Treasury) or reduced in the last parliament (which Labour falsely claim) or whether the graduate finance system is fairer (because the subsidy goes to the poorer graduates) or not. However, there are other things which really are stretching the truth:

At least the Lib Dem and Labour Campaigns can agree that the Yardley election is between Lib Dem and Labour. That, unusually, is a point of agreement. However, as John Hemming voted against his party 39 times in the last parliament and t…