Labour are highlighting Beith’s continued support for the ConDem government’s divisive economic policy and his support for the bedroom tax in particular while his PPC successor Julie Porksen has been telling voters she’s against the tax and ‘wants it reviewed’.
Today’s vote forced by the Labour party fell by 32 votes with 35 Liberal Democrats including Beith voting to retain the controversial policy.
Labour are now demanding that Ms Porksen condemns Alan Beith’s record on the hated tax which costs families an average £1200 per year and are citing the division between Lib Dems in North Northumberland as another reason not to trust the party.
Labour’s PPC in Berwick Scott Dickinson said
“You just can’t trust the party that promised to scrap tuition fees and then doubled them. Now we’ve got one Lib Dem saying they’re against the bedroom tax and another voting to keep the tax in parliament. It’s shockingly cynical and its time the Lib Dem PPC ‘condemned’ her Lib Dem colleague for his support of a tax that hits the most vulnerable people hardest. This is further evidence that if you vote yellow you’ll get blue in North Northumberland”.
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