Green Parliamentary candidate slams Conservative MP's attack on the young, poor and vulnerable

15 May 2017

 

The Green Party general election candidate for Bexleyheath and Crayford has today commented on the record of the longstanding Conservative MP.

Whilst representing Bexleyheath and Crayford as an MP, Conservative general election candidate David Evennett has (1):

  • Consistently voted against slowing the rise in rail fares
  • Consistently voted for ending financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education
  • Consistently voted for raising England’s university tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year
  • Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
  • Consistently voted for reduced Housing Benefit
  • Consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
  • Consistently voted for reducing central government funding of local government
  • Almost always voted for increasing the rate of VAT (which takes a bigger hit on the poorest in our society).

At the same time, he has:

  • Consistently voted against increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000
  • Consistently voted for reducing the rate of corporation tax
  • Almost always voted against a banker’s bonus tax
  • Generally voted for reducing capital gains tax
  • Voted a mixture of for and against measures to reduce tax avoidance.

Ivor Lobo, Green Party candidate for Bexleyheath and Crayford in the 2017 General Election comments: 

"I am shocked and appalled at Conservative David Evennett's voting record whilst representing the residents of Bexleyheath and Crayford as an MP. It is the government's job to reduce the huge economic inequality that we face in the UK today. Yet, during his time as an MP, Mr Evennett's votes in Parliament have been a consistent and systematic attack on young people, low and middle earners and the most vulnerable in our society, under the guise of 'necessary austerity', whilst simultaneously giving a free pass to our millionaires,  highest earners and corporations, many of whom make donations to the Conservatives which the rest of us would take decades to earn (2).

"I am proud to be challenging Mr Evennett as your Green Party candidate. The Green Party has a range of big, bright and bold policies to reduce the vast economic inequality and destruction of public services that we face today, including a wealth tax on millionaires, a modest tax increase for those on the highest incomes, the aggressive pursuit of wealthy individuals and corporations which avoid or evade tax, capping the ratio between the highest and lowest wage in any organisation, and introducing rent caps in the private rented sector (3)."

 

Notes

1. According to TheyWorkForYou.com, which summarises official Parliamentary data.

2. The Electoral Commission publishes donations over £7,500 in a calendar year made to political parties, those over £1,500 in a calendar year made to local branches of political parties.

3. Detailed policy information and costings are available in the 2015 Green Party manifesto. Updated information will be released as the Green Guarantee later in May.

 

 

 






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