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07/04/2012 in Liberal Democrats
Working in the Coalition requires "daily counselling", Tim Farron has joked. In an Independent on Sunday interview, the Liberal Democrat president also explained he is "sympathetic to people in the public sector" on pension reform, and thinks Labour should apologise for "behaving like a bunch of Tories" in power.
The Coalition will "end in divorce" before the next election, Lib Dem President Tim Farron has said. Speaking to the party's conference in Birmingham, he critisised Conservative policy on the riots and said that any fall in the 50p tax rate would be "morally repugnant" if a wealth tax was not introduced as well.
The Government's plans to reform the NHS have taken a blow this morning, as it lost an appeal against the Information Commissioner’s ruling that it should publish the risk register on the NHS reforms.
John Healey, the former Shadow Health Secretary who first called on the Government to publish the register, has argued ministers should not appeal the ruling from the Information Tribunal and instead release the information “immediately”.
The Labour MP said: “Ministers must now respect the law, release the risk register in full and let people make up their own minds on the NHS changes.
“Today’s legal judgement must put an end to the Government’s efforts to keep this information secret. They have dragged out this process for 15 months, while Parliament has been legislating for their NHS plans. It’s near the end of the eleventh hour for the NHS bill and Parliament rightly expects this information before it takes the final irrevocable step to pass the legislation.”
Andy Burnham described the decision as a "crushing defeat" for the Government, and called on David Cameron to "accept the decision with good grace and order the immediate release of the risk register".
The Shadow Health Secretary earlier urged Liberal Democrats to "stand out against" the controversial NHS reforms and vote against the bill at their Spring Conference this weekend.
In a letter posted on the LibDemVoice website, Mr Burnham also told party members that there would be enough votes between Labour and the Liberal Democrats to "stop a Bill that will cause it great damage".
A ComRes poll for the Independent on Sunday claims over half of people who voted for the Liberal Democrats in May's general election think the party "sold out" by forming a government with the Conservatives. The result of the poll was revealed on the night leader Nick Clegg addressed the "Yes! to Fairer Votes" rally at the Liberal Democrat party conference, telling members that campaigning for the alternative vote was "about real democracy" and "putting people back in charge". Also speaking at the rally were MPs Jo Swinson and Tim Farron as well as former Independent MP Martin Bell.
Tim Farron has denied claims that he has been positioning himself to take control of the Liberal Democrats, saying he had "no such ambition" and that Nick Clegg was "doing a brilliant job". The president of the party also said that he believes the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats will "go their separate ways" after the next general election, but refused to rule out forming a Coalition in the future.
Earlier Nick Clegg hit back at comments by Mr Farron that a "divorce" from the Conservatives may be sought leading up to the next election. He told Daybreak: "I'm going to see this Coalition through and do what I’m doing through to the next General Elections and beyond."
The Lib Dem leader described Mr Farron as "an incredibly charismatic performer" and added: "You know, politicians in the Liberal Democrats at least, we are flesh and blood after all."
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