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The Tories have famously promised to cut £12 billion from the benefits bill but won’t give any clues as to where the money’s coming from. Now the Lib Dems have revealed plans to slash child benefit and child tax credit the Tories proposed in 2012. They were blocked by the Lib Dems.   As the Guardian […]

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So just what have the Lib Dems achieved in government?

by Iain Roberts on 28 April, 2015

Offerton Cllr Laura Booth is backing Lisa Smart to win on May 7th. “Only the Lib Dems can beat the Tories here”, says Laura. Councillor Laura Booth was Labour’s first choice Parliamentary Candidate here until last Autumn, when she quit Labour, and is now backing Lisa Smart to beat the Tories. “As the former Labour […]

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Cheadle Primary to get big buildings investment

by Iain Roberts on 9 February, 2015

Along with Mark Hunter MP and Cllr Keith Holloway, I had a great start to my Monday being shown around Cheadle Primary School by some of the pupils (and what a busy lot they all are – archery, table-tennis, swimming, steel band, cake decorating – I’m surprised they have any time left to sleep). The occasion […]

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8.3m families will benefit twice from the Liberal Democrat tax cut, new analysis has revealed. Thanks to Liberal Democrats increasing the personal tax allowance to £10,600, these families will on average be £1,330 better off each year. New research using HM Treasury’s tax and benefit model shows that our flagship policy of increasing the amount […]

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Mark Hunter MP stands down as Deputy Chief Whip

by Iain Roberts on 14 October, 2014

Cheadle MP Mark Hunter has stepped down as Lib Dem Deputy Chief Whip after four and a half years to spend more time on his constituency work. In his resignation letter, Mark said It has been a privilege to serve for four and a half years as a member of the coalition government and I […]

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Mark Hunter MP’s Notes from Westminster

by Iain Roberts on 9 October, 2014

Dear Resident, It has been a busy month both here at home and in Westminster since my last monthly bulletin.  Parliament returned for a short session and then broke up for the political party conferences, only to be recalled for the important vote on UK Armed Forces’ action in Iraq. Between the commutes to and from […]

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Labour and Conservatives lose councillors in Stockport

by Iain Roberts on 8 October, 2014

The Chair of Disability Labour, Cllr Laura Booth, has resigned from Stockport Labour, citing a “culture of systematic bullying in the local Labour party”. Laura Booth was also the Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Hazel Grove, a position she has now stood down from. Two other Labour councillors have been deselected by Stockport Labour Party and […]

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Lib Dems call for English devo-max as Scotland votes No

by Iain Roberts on 19 September, 2014

Scotland has voted to stay in the Union, we’re glad to say, but that’s far from the end of the story. Politicians across the political spectrum in Westminster have promised more powers for the Scottish Parliament, the so-called “Devo Max”. That’s a good thing: there are plenty of areas where the Scots will do a […]

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Mark Hunter’s Notes from Westminster

by Iain Roberts on 12 September, 2014

Dear Resident, Thank you as ever for taking an interest in my work as MP for Cheadle constituency, both here at home and down in Westminster.   Parliament did not sit during August, giving me a chance to spend some more time meeting with local residents, businesses and charities back home. The turmoil in the Middle East […]

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