Posted on: 1st May 2020 Posted by: thetorch Comments: 0

Moran makes UBI political priority

Layla Moran, one of the frontrunner candidates to be the next leader of the Liberal Democrats, has today honed in on UBI, investment in public services, and wage increases for frontline workers as political priorities moving forward. In a pair of tweets responding to today’s news that coronavirus death rates are disproportionately in deprived parts of the country and amongst BAME communities, Moran pledged to tackle inequality and poverty. One…

Posted on: 22nd April 2020 Posted by: thetorch Comments: 0

Lib Dem minister secures Welsh free school meals during summer

The Liberal Democrat Education Minister in Wales, Kirsty Williams, has today made £33million of extra funding available to local authorities in Wales for the provision of free school meals during the summer holidays. In what ITV is reporting as a “UK-first move”, the Welsh Liberal Democrat minister will ensure that eligible children receive the equivalent of £19.50 a week in free lunches, with various public health-compliant methods for delivering the…

Posted on: 22nd April 2020 Posted by: thetorch Comments: 0

Lib Dems support Universal Basic Income

Interim acting co-leader of the Lib Dems, Sir Ed Davey MP, has today signed a cross-party letter to the Chancellor calling for a Universal Basic Income (UBI) to be implemented post-lockdown.  The letter, signed by over 100 MPs of different parties and today published in the Financial Times, will put pressure on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to implement the basic income scheme, which would see regular, unconditional payouts made to every…

Posted on: 21st April 2020 Posted by: thetorch Comments: 0

Government prioritises Brexit over medical equipment

Sir Simon McDonald, the most senior civil servant in the Foreign Office, today revealed that the Government had refused vital equipment from the European Union in what he described as a “political decision”. Responding to questioning from MPs before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Sir Simon revealed that ministers had been briefed about the EU procurement scheme for personal protective equipment, but that the government had made a “political decision”…

Posted on: 20th April 2020 Posted by: thetorch Comments: 0

Lib Dems propose £200-a-week pay rise for NHS staff

The Liberal Democrats have proposed a whopping pay rise of up to £200 a week for frontline NHS staff dealing with the coronavirus crisis. The “frontline service reward” would mirror the deployment allowance given to armed forces personnel serving on active duty, and would be valued at £29 a day. Based on the median salary of nurses, this could represent as much as a 50% pay rise. Acting Lib Dem…

Posted on: 20th April 2020 Posted by: thetorch Comments: 0

Labour infighting threatens party finances

Savage infighting in the Labour Party, caused by the release of leaked emails and WhatsApp messages, threatens the party’s financial stability, according to a report in The Guardian. The dossier, leaked by figures sympathetic with the Corbynite left, details trenchant factional infighting within the party, with one source telling The Torch that “it’s like half of the party hates the other half”. The report also confirms the sheer scale of…

Posted on: 20th April 2020 Posted by: thetorch Comments: 0

Lib Dem board overruled on leadership election delay

The Liberal Democrats are set to hold a leadership election closer to the originally intended timetable after their chief executive body, Federal Board, was overruled last week. Since the loss of Jo Swinson’s seat at the 2019 general election, the party has been due to hold a leadership election. It was originally timetabled for May 2020 by Federal Board, but this was punted all the way until May 2021 due…

Posted on: 12th September 2019 Posted by: thetorch Comments: 0

Labour MP hints at pact with Farage

A Labour MP has today provoked controversy by saying in an interview that she would rather go into coalition with Nigel Farage’s xenophobic, homophobic Brexit Party than the Liberal Democrats. In the interview with ITV’s Paul Brand, Emma Lewell-Buck, a former Shadow Minister and the MP for South Shields, made the startling confession, and admitted that it was because of how passionately she wants Brexit to happen – even though…

Posted on: 9th September 2019 Posted by: thetorch Comments: 0

Labour voters prefer Swinson to Corbyn

A new opinion poll by Opinium has been released today, showing one fascinating detail: Labour voters prefer Jo Swinson, the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, to Jeremy Corbyn. It will come as a danger sign to the Labour Party, who have recently been haemorrhaging votes to the Lib Dems, with around a quarter of 2017 Labour voters now making the switch to the pro-European party. Commentators suggest that this…

Posted on: 27th August 2019 Posted by: thetorch Comments: 0

Swinson proposes triple lock plan to stop no deal

Jo Swinson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has today released her party’s plan to prevent a ‘no deal Brexit’. The so-called “triple lock” would provide three ways to prevent no deal at any cost, including legislation at first, an election if that fails, and then, as a last resort, full revocation of Article 50 to prevent a ‘no deal’ Brexit “humiliating the country”. At a summit of opposition leaders…