2020 Liberal Vision

From Iain Donaldson, a Manchester Liberal Democrat Learn more

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I have been asked why I named this page 2020 Liberal Vision, and the answer is simple, the Liberal Democrats have a tendency to be right in our predictions of the impact of the decisions of our Government on the life of our nation.  Never was this more so than in the decision of Charles […]

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Political Perspective: Labour’s Bedroom Tax

by Iain Donaldson on 10 December, 2015

Imposed on private sector tenants by the Labour Government on 7th April 2008 the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) was the forerunner to the so called ‘Bedroom Tax’ and introduced the concept that the state would only pay Housing Benefits for the number of rooms the claimant’s household need to occupy. The number of bedrooms needed […]

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Political Perspective: Welfare Cuts

by Iain Donaldson on 21 July, 2015

If you have criticised the Liberal Democrats for entering coalition with the Tories to negotiate away the worst excesses of their welfare cuts, rather than joining Labour to oppose those cuts, then last night’s vote shows you how wrong you have been. The Liberal Democrats last night voted against the Tory cuts, expecting Labour to […]

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Political Perspective: The NHS

by Iain Donaldson on 3 April, 2015

The Liberal Democrats are unique in British Politics in wanting to see Mental Health care put on the same financial footing as physical health care. During this parliament they have succeeded in getting funding for Mental Health Care increased, and for the first time they have introduced maximum waiting times for patients presenting to our […]

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Political Perspective – the right to protest!

by Iain Donaldson on 23 October, 2014

I have today posted my colour to the mast by calling on Nick Clegg to explain again why he has supported and pushed through parliament illiberal legislation restricting the right to protest and introducing secret courts for civil action. Those of you who know me know that this is not the first time I have […]

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How it happened – Metrolink Expansion

by Iain Donaldson on 12 July, 2014

Those who think that Metrolink Expansion is a wonderful thing for Manchester, which it is, may be very surprised to find out that it was the Liberal Democrats, and not Labour, who were responsible for it happening. The Labour Party, under the leadership of Sir Richard Leese, attempted to impose a congestion charge on the […]

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Tuition fees in England: the History

by Iain Donaldson on 1 October, 2011

Who introduced Tuition Fees for University Education? In September of 1998, with a significant majority in the House of Commons the Labour Party Government broke its manifesto commitment to students and introduced tuition fees of £ 1,000 for the first time across the UK to help with the costs of funding University tuition. Following the […]

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