Neil Guild, Labour’s candidate for Taunton Deane in the 2015 General Election, responding to Jeremy Browne’s call for a cut in the top rate of tax, further cuts to the NHS, and a full free market in education with the introduction of for-profit-schools, said: “Jeremy Browne has yet again made the case that he was elected to represent the people Taunton on false pretences. His recently published book makes it clear what his politics truly are – not just in lock step with the Tories but far out front as he calls for the coalition government to go further and faster with what are Tory policies. This is turbo charged Thatcherism masquerading as liberalism.”
“How can local Lib Dem supporters, members and councillors in Taunton continue to stand behind a politician with views so at odds to their stated values and to the best interests of the people of Taunton?
“Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems have already voted with the Tories to give millionaires a tax cut worth an average of £100,000. Now, as ordinary families continue to face a cost-of-living crisis, our local MP is calling for the top rate of tax to be slashed yet again, for our children’s education to be opened up for profit, and the introduction of patient charges in the NHS.”
“Whatever the Lib Dems in Taunton try to claim, the truth is that Jeremy Brown has broken his commitment to the people of this town and backed the Tories all the way. They are not a constraint on the Tories – they are their willing helpers.”
For further information contact:
Neil Guild, Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate, on 07950700872
Notes to Editor.
Jeremy Browne’s comments were made in interview with Benedict Brogan, published in the Daily Telegraph on 7 April 2014.
Jeremy Browne’s book, Race Plan, from which the comments are drawn. was published on 8 April 2014 by BiteBack Publishing Ltd.