Lib Dems call for South Glos MPs to show the courage and tell constituents whether they still think Boris Johnson is fit to govern

Johnson "I'd do it again!"

South Glos Liberal Democrats are calling on the two silent Conservative MPs Luke Hall and Chris Skidmore to explain whether they supported Boris Johnson in the confidence vote yesterday. So far only Jack Lopresti has come out in support of Boris Johnson, while Luke Hall and Chris Skidmore have remained quiet.

The Liberal Democrats have been calling for Boris Johnson to resign since revelations about parties in 10 Downing Street started to emerge. With 124 fines now issued, 10 Downing Street is the most fined address in the country.  

Leader of South Glos Lib Dems Claire Young, says: “This is all getting ridiculous. Boris Johnson is the first Prime Minister to be proven a law breaker, he is under investigation in parliament to determine whether he lied to MPs and he has even admitted he would do it all over again in the same circumstances! This is a man who is not fit to govern and it is only fair that MPs who represent us speak out and explain their actions.”

“It is shocking that 211 MPs chose to keep Boris Johnson in power yesterday and it seems only fair we know exactly what our MPs chose to do with their vote. They represent us in parliament and should be held accountable for their actions.”


South Gloucestershire Lib Dems call on Johnson to resign amid Sue Gray report

Johnson Caricature (DonkeyHotey, Flickr)

South Gloucestershire’s Lib Dems have today called on Boris Johnson to resign as the damning Sue Gray report is published and the Partygate scandal comes to a head. 

The local Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of “failing the country” and added that while thousands in South Gloucestershire made sacrifices, Boris Johnson’s Number 10 partied. 

The Liberal Democrats have also branded Conservative MPs supporting Boris Johnson as “insulting local people’s sacrifices.”

Today, the Sue Gray report includes pictures of Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak together at a birthday party. The report came with a damning line to Boris Johnson’s Government saying, “the senior leadership at the centre, both political and official, must bear responsibility for this culture.”

Responding to the news, the leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition Group on South Gloucestershire Council, Claire Young, said: 

“Our area has been completely taken for granted. While local residents made sacrifices, Johnson’s Number 10 partied. They think it’s one rule for them and another for the rest of us. 

“The Sue Gray report is an insult to local people’s sacrifices during the pandemic. We have all seen the pictures. It’s clear they think they can take the British public for fools. 

“Whilst people in South Gloucestershire were making heartbreaking sacrifices, we know Boris Johnson’s Downing Street was the scene of raucous parties and disgraceful behaviour. It is time Johnson did the decent thing and resigned. 

“At the next election here it will be a clear choice between Boris Johnson’s Conservative candidates and the hard working local Liberal Democrats. It is time we restored decency and integrity to our politics and finally get rid of this out of touch Conservative Government.”

Responding to the Sue Gray report, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey added:

“This report lays bare the shocking failures of leadership by Boris Johnson and shows why he's not fit to be prime minister of our country.

“Johnson has dragged his entire government through the mud to protect his own job. 

“He didn’t care while he laughed and broke the rules while the country was in lockdown. And he doesn’t care now when every household in Britain faces eye-watering costs at the petrol pumps, sky-rocketing food prices and massive energy bills.

"Any other Prime Minister would be forced to resign by a report as damaging as this, yet still Conservative MPs defend the Prime Minister and allow him to cling on.”

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The three South Gloucestershire Conservative MPs must sack law-breaking Boris Johnson

Johnson Party Graffiti

South Gloucestershire's Liberal Democrats have called on the three local Conservative MPs - Luke Hall, Jack Lopresti and Chris Skidmore - to sack Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak following the revelation that both are to be fined over lockdown-breaking parties at Number 10.

The Liberal Democrats are also calling for Parliament to be recalled immediately so MPs can hold a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, following the revelation that both he and Rishi Sunak are to be fined over lockdown-breaking parties at Number 10.

Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition Group on South Gloucestershire Council, Claire Young, said:

“The Conservative MPs for our area cannot hide behind lame excuses any longer. It is time for Hall, Lopresti and Skidmore to sack Boris Johnson. No more ifs or buts. 

“Whilst people in South Gloucestershire made heartbreaking sacrifices during lockdowns, Boris Johnson and his team were partying in Downing Street.

“We all have painful memories of that lockdown, from not being able to see dying relatives, to being separated for months on end from our friends and family.  

“How on earth can Conservative MPs keep supporting a law-breaking Prime Minister and Chancellor?  Our country needs leadership right now, not a Government in chaos.”

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

“The country cannot have criminals and liars leading our Government, especially at a time of national and international crisis.

“Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak took the country’s sacrifices for granted, while they broke the law to party in Downing Street. They are not fit to hold office. If they had a shred of decency, they would resign. 

“Parliament should be recalled immediately so that MPs can hold a vote of no confidence. Conservative MPs must do their patriotic duty and kick these criminals out of Government once and for all.”

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Lib Dem’s councillors promote a more Dementia friendly Yate Shopping Centre

Yate Shopping Centre Planter

Yate Town Council have worked in partnership with Yate Shopping Centre to make the area more dementia friendly. Lib Dem Cllrs Sandra Emms and Jane Price of Yate Town Council, and Shopping Centre Manager Andy Lowrey recognised that the shopping centre can be quite disorientating for people living with dementia, and there have been many examples of people leaving by the wrong exit route and then getting lost.

Each route in and out of the shopping centre is now marked with different coloured planters so people can use the colours to help identify their location and exit. The red planters are placed from Poundland to Lidl, with the purple planters marking out the route from Jimmy Deanes to the Leisure Centre, the green ones are from Iceland to Miss Millies and the Blue planters are marking the way from Pandora to Tesco.

This project is part of the Town Council’s wider project to ensure the town is accessible to all. Yate is one of the first towns in the country to be awarded Age Friendly status, in recognition of the work councillors have been doing with community groups to make the town a better place to grow older in.  A consultation with local residents has been undertaken focusing on what it is like getting older in the town and how sites and services can be improved. As a result of these changes, Yate won the national designation of Age Friendly town.

Yate Councillor Sandra Emms says:

“We have had a lot of stories from residents about family members living with dementia getting lost or confused in the Shopping Centre and struggling to find the right exit. People still want to have some independence, but we need to make sure they’re safe. If you or a member of your family is living with dementia, you can now find your way out of the shopping centre on the right route home by looking for the right colour planters and following them out. We also hope this will help young children identify routes, as well as those with disabilities who need visual markers.

“As well as our actions in the shopping centre, Yate Town councillors and council staff have also trained as dementia friends, and I have been providing dementia awareness sessions with community groups.”

Yate Councillor Jane Price says:

“We have been determined to ensure we make our town friendly for all age groups and are welcoming to all. Many older people want to maintain their independence and it is possible to make small adjustments to ensure this for many years. Our older people have a lot to give the community, indeed our community depends on them in many ways.

“This is a small step but will make a real difference so thank you to everyone who has been involved, especially Andy and the team at Yate Shopping Centre who have been really understanding and positive about the project.”


South Gloucestershire to be hit by £50 million National Insurance bombshell as cost of living crisis bites

Piggy Bank

  • Typical family in South Gloucestershire set to pay an extra £170 in national insurance contributions (NICs) this year as cost of living crunch hits.

  • Local businesses are also set to feel the squeeze with £30 million tax hit.

  • Lib Dems demand emergency VAT tax cut to put money back in the pockets of struggling families.

Families and businesses in South Gloucestershire are facing a £50 million tax bombshell this year due to the Conservative hike to national insurance, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

National Insurance payments went up today (April 6) from 12.5% to 13.25%, after Boris Johnson’s decision to break a Conservative manifesto promise and hike the tax.

The latest figures from the Office for Budget Responsibility predict that the country is facing a £10.9 billion tax hit this year from the move, with around 40% of this being paid by workers and the rest by businesses.

It means that families in the South Gloucestershire area are set to pay out an estimated £20 million more in National Insurance contributions, or an average of £170 each, at a time when families are already facing soaring heating bills.

The Conservatives’ broken promise is also set to hit the high street in South Gloucestershire hard, with a £30 million tax raid on local businesses including shops, restaurants and cafes.

South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats have set out plans to “kill two birds with one stone,” by slashing the top rate of VAT to 17.5% this year. The move would save families an average of £600 and give businesses a boost by encouraging spending and keeping prices low. 

Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition Group on South Gloucestershire Council, Claire Young, said:

“Families in our area are being crippled by the worst cost of living crisis in a generation, struggling to put food on the table and afford sky-high energy bills.

“The last thing they need is an unfair tax raid. Yet the Conservatives are piling on the misery by breaking their promise not to hike up national insurance, in a move that will hit our community hard.

“This Conservative government is yet again taking South Gloucestershire residents for granted.

“The Liberal Democrats are fighting for a fair deal that would put money back into people’s pockets through an emergency tax cut. Our plans would kill two birds with one stone, helping those struggling to make ends meet while giving our treasured local businesses the shot in the arm they need.”

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