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Three years ago shortly after the formation of the coalition I called for an electoral pact between the Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats at the next election. I now see that this was misguided. By 2010 I had spent more than 10... Continue to article
LORDS CHAMBER 3.00pm: New peer: Lord Holmes of Richmond will be introduced Oral questions, to ask the government: - How they will enable those who enforce the tax laws to accomplish their tasks better (Lord Phillips of Sudbury, LD) ... Continue to article
Deputy Prime Minister's speech on education The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will deliver the speech at Morpeth School in Tower Hamlets on Thursday 24 October. A LIBERAL VISION FOR EDUCATION: The fundamental reason why, I believe, ... Continue to article
Labour party press release Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, ahead of Nick Clegg’s speech on Free Schools, said: “Nick Clegg will be judged on what he does, not what he says. Whatever he says about Free Schools t... Continue to article
David Laws has said he disagrees with the Government’s policy on allowing unqualified teachers in free schools. The Education minister backed Nick Clegg’s call for all teachers to either be qualified or working towards a qualification, ... Continue to article
Baroness Kramer said Nick Clegg was right to raise people’s “very real concerns” about free schools, despite apparently contradicting comments from his minister David Laws days earlier. “You’ve got Nick, I think, articulating what will l... Continue to article
Graham Stuart said Nick Clegg's policy on free schools was inconsistent with the "typical liberal view". "Mr Clegg talks about a balance. My understanding of the typical liberal view would be believing that you trust the front line to de... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: International development questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12.00 noon: Prime minister’s questions Presentation of bill: Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill (Geraint Davies, Lab, Swansea West) ... Continue to article
Christine Blower that there were an “awful lot of parents” supporting striking teachers today. “It is true that we regret the fact that we’ve disrupted education, but I’m bound to say – I’ve watched the media outlets during the day – and... Continue to article
The Shadow Education Secretary has accused Michael Gove of sacrificing "learning for ideology" over his free schools drive. Granted an Urgent Question in the Commons in relation to a damning Ofsted report on the Al-Madinah free school in... Continue to article
David Laws hit out at the teaching unions' decision to strike and said the changes to teaching are part of a nationwide reform of the public sector. "To be quite blunt, these are reforms that are taking place across the whole of the pub... Continue to article
Schools will no longer be ranked by the number of children achieving five A*-C grades at GCSE, the Education minister has announced. David Laws delivered a statement to the House of Commons this afternoon revealing that new tables would... Continue to article
David Laws said the Liberal Democrats' free school meals policy was not a gimmick and it was a policy that "ticks every box". "No it's not [a gimmick]... this has three massive benefits; firstly it's a good thing that we should have heal... Continue to article
Nick Clegg wants the Lib Dems to advocate ringfenced NHS and schools spending for the whole of the next Parliament, he told party activists today. "We’ve done that between 2010 and 2015, my personal view – we need to discuss it – but my ... Continue to article
David Laws on Michael Gove: "It’s not my job to defend people in other parties, but I think he’s widely misunderstood" @JPonpolitics
David Laws said the current government was making people more comfortable with the idea of having another coalition in 2015. “I think at the moment the polls do indicate that it’s quite possible that we will have another coalition at the... Continue to article
Liam Fox has joined the calls for tax cuts to be included in the Chancellor’s Budget next month.
Writing for Wednesday’s Financial Times, the former Defence Secretary argues for a reduction in employers’ national insurance contributions across the board, to be paid for by spending reductions.
Dr Fox also acknowledges that Lib Dem calls for an increase in the income tax threshold may be necessary as part of the Coalition agreement. David Laws has this evening reiterated the advantages of such a move, writing in the Guardian that “the case for bringing forward tax cuts is overwhelming”.
Speaking on Newsnight yesterday, the Former Chief Secretary to the Treasury predicted that household incomes would rise for first time in four years if the Coalition cuts taxes for low earners.
“Now that we’re seeing inflation this year on a firm downward track, that gives us the opportunity, if we can make these other reductions in taxation by increasing the income tax thresholds….that gives us the opportunity of ending the austerity on households budgets and allowing the budgets of most people, the household budgets of most people, to start expanding again from later on this year into next year.”
The Lib Dem confirmed he wanted to fund the move by cutting higher rate pension tax relief.
Nick Clegg has asked David Laws to lead cross-party talks on party funding, continuing the political rehabilitation of the former Cabinet minister. Mr Clegg has proposed talks between the parties on donations, unions and state funding.
Nick Clegg is prepared to oppose what he sees as "arbitrary and vindictive cuts" to the benefits bill next year, the Financial Times reports. He was joined by David Laws, former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, who said the Coalition should stick with plans to increase benefits by 5.2% in line with inflation. It is feared that cutting the benefits increase would lead to a "significant rise" in poverty in the run-up to the 2015 election.
David Laws has put the pressure on George Osborne to raise personal tax allowances in next month's Budget, saying such a move could “end the austerity on household budgets”.
In an interview with Newsnight, the Lib Dem MP followed Simon Hughes and Ed Balls in calling for the tax cuts:
“We have to distinguish between the period of austerity for public spending and for public services, which is clearly going to go on for a period of time, from the austerity that we’ve seen in household budgets… now that we have completed most of the tax increases, now that we’re seeing inflation this year on a firm downward track, that gives us the opportunity, if we can make these other reductions in taxation by increasing the income tax thresholds - as Nick Clegg has suggested - that gives us the opportunity of ending the austerity on households budgets.”
A group of economists and politicians from all sides have said the eurozone cannot survive in its present form. Writing for the Independent, expert figures including Alistair Darling, David Laws and Ed Balls warn the single currency is doomed without reform.
David Laws, the former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has warned that companies and entrepreneurs could quit Britain unless the 50p top rate of income tax is abolished. In an interview with The Independent, Mr Laws contradicted Nick Clegg and his successor as Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander by calling for the abolition of the 50p rate.
24/10/2013 on Labour party
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21/10/2013 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
21/10/2013 on Today, BBC Radio 4
17/10/2013 on London Tonight, ITV
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