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Local MP abstains on Welfare Bill vote

July 21, 2015 12:05 PM

Welfare VotePreston's Labour MP has failed to stand up to savage Conservative plans to axe a further £12 billion off the welfare bill.

Local campaigner, Mark Jewell explained, "Labour MP, Mark Hendrick could have defeated this welfare bill by himself, together with any one of the 184 Labour MP's who also abstained"

Liberal Democrats blocked these Tory plans in coalition and voted against this bill. Before the election, Nick Clegg stated that the LibDems would not enter a coalition with the Conservatives if they went ahead with these ideological plans.

The Liberal Democrats new leader, Tim Farron, called these Tory plans "unfair, unwise and inhuman". Tim Farron said the cut was
unnecessary and accused George Osborne of choosing to attack the poorest families under the guise of economic necessity. He also slammed Labour and said their position on the bill was "shameful".

The Liberal Democrats will always stand up for families. We will not let the Conservatives, through choice, and the Labour party, through silence, unpick our welfare system.

184 - Number of Labour MPs who did not vote against the Conservative Welfare Bill.
184 - Number of votes the Conservatives won the Welfare Bill vote by.