Steal our ideas, Lib Dem leader urges government

by | Jul 7, 2024 | Politics

It “would be great” if the new Labour government took on Liberal Democrat policies, party leader Sir Ed Davey has said. After his party won 72 seats in the general election, he told the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg programme Labour in opposition “stole” his party’s idea of a windfall tax on the big oil and gas companies. He said the Lib Dems aimed to be a “constructive opposition” and to force the government to listen “by the strength of our arguments”. Sir Ed repeated his call for an emergency budget to improve health and social care, saying his party would be “the voice of carers”. After Reform UK won more votes but far fewer seats than the Lib Dems, Sir Ed also said he would go on arguing for “fair votes” and changing the electoral system to proportional representation. “We want to improve our democracy, our politics is broken and so we’re going to continue to make that case.”People will get voted in who you don’t agree with… That’s democracy, that’s allowing the people to express their will,” he added. The Lib Dems won their 72 seats – a record for the party – with 12.2% of the vote. Reform UK gained five MPs with 14.3% of the vote. Reform chairman Richard Tice, the new MP for Boston and Skegness, told BBC Radio Lincolnshire the election results had “highlighted the absurd flaws in the first-past-the-post system”. “On a fair proportional representation system, we would get 94 seats, but instead we’ve just got five and that is patently unfair.”In his interview with Laura Kuens …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nnIt “would be great” if the new Labour government took on Liberal Democrat policies, party leader Sir Ed Davey has said. After his party won 72 seats in the general election, he told the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg programme Labour in opposition “stole” his party’s idea of a windfall tax on the big oil and gas companies. He said the Lib Dems aimed to be a “constructive opposition” and to force the government to listen “by the strength of our arguments”. Sir Ed repeated his call for an emergency budget to improve health and social care, saying his party would be “the voice of carers”. After Reform UK won more votes but far fewer seats than the Lib Dems, Sir Ed also said he would go on arguing for “fair votes” and changing the electoral system to proportional representation. “We want to improve our democracy, our politics is broken and so we’re going to continue to make that case.”People will get voted in who you don’t agree with… That’s democracy, that’s allowing the people to express their will,” he added. The Lib Dems won their 72 seats – a record for the party – with 12.2% of the vote. Reform UK gained five MPs with 14.3% of the vote. Reform chairman Richard Tice, the new MP for Boston and Skegness, told BBC Radio Lincolnshire the election results had “highlighted the absurd flaws in the first-past-the-post system”. “On a fair proportional representation system, we would get 94 seats, but instead we’ve just got five and that is patently unfair.”In his interview with Laura Kuens …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]
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