Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Hughes Signals Lib Dems May Vote Against Housing Benefit Reforms


The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, has given a clear warning that his party may not allow the Coalition's changes to Housing Benefit through Parliament. 

After just a few months of power, Mr Hughes and many of his fellow MPs are clearly deeply unhappy with a number of proposals agreed with the Conservatives. In particular, he singled out the proposal to cut benefits to the long-term unemployed after twelve months.

For Labour, Douglas Alexander was quick to appeal to disaffected Lib Dems to join forces with them and vote down the new measures.  As he as pointed out, if their own deputy leader is uneasy about the changes, then this does bode well for the future of the deal with the Conservatives and the Coalition.

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