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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Another Lie From The Green Party exposed - BY SUE JONES


 Sue Writes: ...

Just to clarify, Rachel Reeves has NEVER said she will be "tougher on welfare." Those saying that she did are lying. She issued a statement shortly after being misquoted. It was Natalie Bennett who perpetuated that misquote too (See here - http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/15/rachel-reeves-labour-benefit-recipients ).

What Rachel actually said was "tougher on the CAUSES of high welfare spending - such as low wages, high private sector rents, private company outsourcing - especially that of IDS, his vanity projects have cost us millions , paying for failed private company contracts - and unemployment. Here is the Hansard record where this was clarified to Caroline Lucas too, so the Greens should stop shamefully lying about the misquote.
In the middle of crucial debate about the WCA and the plight of our disabled people, initiated by the WOW campaign, Lucas lost all of my respect when she chose political point scoring instead of constructive debate and said this:

Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion, Green); I was disappointed that Rachel Reeves, on taking up her post as shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, used the opportunity of her first interview to say that she would be tougher than the Tories on people on benefits.

Kate Green (Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions); Stretford and Urmston, Labour)
My hon. Friend the Member for Leeds West did not say that. She said that she would be tougher on welfare spending, not on people on benefits.
Sheila Gilmore (Edinburgh East, Labour)

Does the hon. Lady agree that there are some forms of welfare spending that we should bring down? In my view, one of those is the excessive amount that is paid to private landlords through housing benefit. I am certainly in favour of reducing that form of welfare spending. Is she not?
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion, Green)

I am very much in favour of that if the hon. Lady wants to put it under the heading of welfare spending... Source: Hansard. The link - http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140227/debtext/140227-0001.htm#14022773000001

See - 27 Feb 2014 : Column 457 1.29 pm, on the 2nd page of the Hansard record.

Nonetheless the GP has continued to misquote Reeves, to my disgust, using negative campaigning and smear tactics akin to the Tories to promote their own party.

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