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Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers has attacked her Lib Dem opponent, Paul Burstow for his belated opposition to the hated Bedroom Tax. With Labour’s support in a parliamentary vote today, Paul Burstow joined Lib Dem colleagues to seek to amend the rules on Bedroom Tax. Reacting to the vote, Ms Brothers said:
“I’m afraid this is simply gesture politics from Mr Burstow, as it isn’t very often for a Private Members Bill to change the law. You would think that an election was around the corner.
“The Paul Burstow backed Bedroom Tax has caused hardship for many people in Sutton and Cheam, costing low-income families an average of £700 a year. Two thirds of those hit by the Bedroom Tax have disabilities and 60,000 are carers. In London alone 48,989 people have been affected.
“The Liberal Democrats have repeatedly joined the Tories to keep the Bedroom Tax in place and have previously resisted any attempt to protect people from it. Yet Mr Burstow and his Lib Dem colleagues joined Labour in voting against their own policy in Parliament.
“Thanks to the support of Labour MP’s the vote was won. Unfortunately this vote will not abolish the bedroom tax, as Labour will do if elected next year, but it is a step in the right direction.
“Despite the clear evidence that the Bedroom Tax is causing misery, hardship and forcing over 2,000 people in Sutton to rely on food banks, the Lib Dems and Tories have voted again and again in favour of it. If this government won’t ditch the Bedroom Tax, then the next Labour government will.”
Labour’s shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rachel Reeves MP said,
"The Lib Dems voted with the Tories for the Bedroom Tax. There wouldn't be a Bedroom Tax if it wasn't for the Lib Dems. The only way to cancel the Bedroom Tax is to elect a Labour government next year."

The Affordable Homes Bill was passed at second reading by 306 votes to 231 by the House of Commons on 5 September 2014. Lib Dem MP Andrew George's private member's bill will now move to detailed scrutiny at the committee stage.

Paul Burstow MP, Lib dem, Sutton and Cheam, voted in support of the Bill which is unlikely to become law.


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