MP and former MP clash over tax credit cuts
MP James Heappey and former MP Tessa Munt have clashed this week
following the government's defeat in the House of Lords over controversial
tax credit cuts.
Heappey said "the Tax Credits system has become far too expensive
and the country can no longer afford it" and he added that
"the glee with which the Liberal Democrats have turned their
backs on democracy is a real cause for concern."
Burnham's former Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt welcomed the Liberal
Democrat's lords defying convention to halt the tax credit cuts,
which "would see thousands of working parents in Somerset
many in part-time and seasonal work - lose over £1,000
had approved the tax credit changes three times and ministers
have questioned the authority of the Lords to challenge the Commons
on such a major financial issue.
Burnham-On-Sea's former MP Tessa Munt, right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Im delighted our new Leader, Tim Farron, is using
every tool available to him to fight the Tories cuts to
tax credits. Changes which slash the income of people who are
trying really hard to support their families through work are
wrong and its essential that these changes are reviewed.
If this is what has to be done to wake the Tories up, then good
Im all for it."
Cameron specifically ruled these changes out during the election
campaign. Hes lied to the country and when its a simple
choice between an obscure 70 year old convention and
standing up for working families, we know whats more important.
We may not have so many MPs in Parliament this time, but we are
just as determined as ever to stand up for ordinary people. If
this involves breaking with tradition more often, so much the
Conservative MP James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
Tax Credits system has become far too expensive and the country
can no longer afford it. Moreover, there are too many examples
of tax credits holding people back whilst subsidising employers
paying low wages. We must continue to build a lower welfare, lower
tax, higher wage society."
said, I have had reservations from the outset about the sequencing
of these cuts to tax credits in comparison to other measures like
raising the personal allowance, reducing social rents and introducing
the national living wage all of which would combine with
other measures to mitigate the effect of these changes. I have
been able to discuss those concerns with the Chancellor and his
Treasury colleagues privately and I am sure that we will see some
transitional arrangements that will protect the most vulnerable."
the glee with which the Liberal Democrats have turned their backs
on democracy is a real cause for concern. Whatever the issue,
there is an elected House of Commons and it must have primacy
over the unelected House of Lords. Whatever their motive, their
utter disregard for the result of the General Election and the
abandonment of the democratic principles they claim to hold dear
should alarm us all."
Cameron and George Osborne both attacked the Lords' move, citing
the Salisbury Convention, a tradition which means
the House of Lords doesnt block financial measures. But
Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron said he supported the partys Lords
breaking Parliaments self-imposed rules, claiming that Mr
Cameron had "lied to voters when he ruled out cuts to tax
credits in the run up to the election."