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The impact of health tourism

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By Jess Phillips Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley

David Cameron pays his taxes. What does he want, a round of applause? Tory MPs in defence of their premier last night took to Twitter to almost congratulate a man for saying he pays tax. What a guy, what a hero.

Am I missing something? Applauding such mediocrity seems unusual. Are we now to expect celebrations because he can tie his shoe laces or that he can grow hair. He's not a toddler, he's the sodding Prime Minister. Later I shall take to the streets of Yardley and hand out gold star stickers to all the people in the local Tesco, "well done Barbara, lovely tax-paying you did there while buying that curling iron, you really are a very good girl."

 

So David Cameron's dad didn't pay his fair share of taxes. The sins of Cameron's dad are not his fault. True, but the Government are no strangers to damning the children of people who they think aren't doing their bit for society. Barnardo's, the Child Poverty Action Group and many others have all said that the Conservative Welfare and Work Bill will make poor children poorer. Policies such as only paying tax credits to the first two children in a family directly penalise children for the decisions of their parents. So in Tory Britain poor kids are paying the price for the actions of their parents but David Cameron doesn't have to?

The Tories want taxpayers to hate people on benefits and be annoyed that we are paying for their lifestyle, I think it was IDS referred to as, "a direction which divides society". To use the words of the Prime Minister, 'let me be clear': The sins of Daddy Cameron were not illegal but they are utterly disgusting. They are worse than the sins of fathers up and down the country who can't find work, even the most feckless amongst them.

People who don't pay their taxes are robbing from us all. The Camerons may well have forked out for education and health services, but it was my money that trained the doctors, nurses and teachers they used. Without the taxpayer the posh who jump the queue would just be sitting in a rather nicely decorated room without the staff to actually deliver the service. Every time Cameron Snr drove his car on a public highway, every time he could see on the street because of a streetlight, every day when there was a pavement outside his house and a regular bin collection, he took money from you, the nation's honest taxpayers, without seeing fit to put his hand in his pocket. And while the Camerons had a bob or two I doubt very much they funded their own private police force and army. I mean the Eton set are a bit old fashioned but think the acts of livery and maintenance is a step to far even for them. So they got the security we all enjoy but it was you footing the bill, not daddy darling.

What makes it worse is that they got the best of everything while you paid the tab. They reaped the benefits of your hard toil, and because they had money to spare they got the best education, smaller class sizes, better service. Their kids got privilege that you paid for but never benefited from.

So David Cameron doesn't need our praise for paying his tax. He's not a very clever boy, he's a very average boy who used privilege rather than brains to get where he got. Perhaps we could all buy our babies a better life if only we weren't burdened with being decent human beings

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Spirit of the Law

By Jess Phillips Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley David Cameron pays his taxes. What does he want, a round of applause? Tory MPs in defence of their premier last night...

Commenting on the Resolution Foundation Report John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said:

“This is damning new evidence about George Osborne’s failures and recklessness as Chancellor. With his recovery built on sand he is looking to slash support for those with disabilities to cover his reckless tax cut promises that will benefit the richest most.

"George Osborne is a reverse Robin Hood with a poor grasp of the hard facts of sound finance. Labour’s new Fiscal Credibility Rule would guarantee that no future Chancellor could make unfunded promises, that could only be kept by hitting the vulnerable. And it would allow the next Labour government to invest in the future, laying the foundations for a fairer, more prosperous economy.”

The full report is available here

Damning new evidence about George Osborne’s failures

Commenting on the Resolution Foundation Report John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said: “This is damning new evidence about George Osborne’s failures and recklessness as Chancellor. With his recovery built on...

A report in the Guardian says that the lack of disposable income and rocketing living costs are forcing young adults to miss out on key milestones.

Young adults’ incomes are now as much as 20% below the national average, as revealed by a Guardian investigation. Low incomes, coupled with rising living costs, debt and a lack of employment mean that some of us will fail to meet even the basic milestones of adulthood:

  1. Living alone, or owning a home
  2. Finding a long-term partner, and living together
  3. Working in a full-time, permanent job
  4. Having children
  5. Saving for the future

Read the full article here

 We must re-connect young adults with politics if we are to get a government that gives them back their right to a better future.  Older people vote and this government is looking after them!

Five markers of adulthood millennials have had to give up on

A report in the Guardian says that the lack of disposable income and rocketing living costs are forcing young adults to miss out on key milestones. Young adults’ incomes are...

Almost all of Labour’s funding streams are under threat from Tory legislation, new party donation figures show, in moves described as designed to “rig” the political system.

The Electoral Commission today published political party funding figures for the period of October to December last year, revealing that the Tories raised almost twice as much as Labour from non-publicly funded donations.

The numbers indicate how much Labour has come to rely on Short Money, the payments made to opposition parties to help with running costs. Under Conservative plans, Labour stand to lose a fifth of its Short Money funding.

Of the remaining £2.7 million Labour raised, £2.1 million came from trade unions – and much of that funding is at risk due to the Tories’ Trade Union Bill. Labour is expected to lose out on funding of around £8 millionfrom these changes.

Meanwhile, the Tories raised £5.2 million from private donors, with £2.2 million coming from just 49 wealthy backers.

Shadow minister Jon Ashworth said that the figures “show the extent of the Tories’ unfair and partisan moves to rig the political system and give themselves an unfair advantage.”

“Through the Trade Union Bill and cuts to Short Money the Tories are using their parliamentary majority to deliver partial party funding reform and damage the opposition, while leaving their own funding base untouched,” he said.

He added: “The Tories are using every trick in the book to keep themselves in power and Labour will oppose these moves every step of the way.”

This follows further accusations of Tory attempts to use new legislation to cement their place in power, afterhundreds of thousands of people were shown to have fallen off the electoral register.

Ashworth also highlighted how the Tories many came from a small number of mega-rich donors.

“In the final quarter of 2015 the Conservative Party raised a staggering £2.2 million from just 49 members of the exclusive ‘Leaders Group’ of donors,” he said. “In contrast Labour is proud to be supported by millions of working people, from teaching assistants to supermarket workers, builders to manufacturing workers, to name but a few.”

Donations update reveals full scale of Tory attack on Labour funding

LABOURLIST DAILY EMAIL Almost all of Labour’s funding streams are under threat from Tory legislation, new party donation figures show, in moves described as designed to “rig” the political system. The...

Parliament Commons PMQs

The Tories face accusations of rigging the electoral system as new statistics show hundreds of thousands of people have lost their right to vote – with a new review into constituency boundaries launched based on the figures.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) yesterday confirmed that the number of registered voters in the UK had fallen by more than 600,000 between December 2014 and December 2015, despite a growing population. This follows the Government’s rushed introduction of Individual Electoral Registration (IER), which critics say has made more difficult for people to register to vote.

Labour look set to be hardest hit by the changes, with the biggest drops in voters among those most likely to support the party. Wales, where Labour won a majority of seats in last year’s election, has seen a greater drop in registered voters than the national average, while the number of 16 and 17 year olds registered has fallen by 40 per cent.

London has lost almost 100,000 voters, while some shire town Tory seats have seen their voter numbers rise.

The figures will form the basis of the Boundary Commission’s review into constituency boundaries, which began yesterday. The review will redraw seats in order to reduce the number of MPs by 50, and ensure that all constituencies are of a broadly equal size.

The review will publish its proposals in September, and early analysis in today’s Times (£) suggests that 24 Labour seats could disappear, while the Conservatives lose only 14.

Gloria De Piero, the shadow minister for voter registration, said that the new figures were “shocking”, and accused David Cameron of “trying to rig the system for their own political ends”.

She said that the drop in registered voters was “due to the Tory Government’s rushed changes to electoral registration”, and said they had ignored warnings from the independent Electoral Commission that “it would result in thousands of people falling off the electoral register.”

“What’s worse is that the Government are shamelessly taking this as an opportunity to redraw constituency boundaries based on an electorate that is far lower than it should be,” De Piero said.

“This is another example of David Cameron and the Conservative Party trying to rig the system for their own political ends. They want to reduce by 50 the number of directly elected Members of Parliament under the guise of reducing the cost of politics, whilst cramming the Lords at taxpayers’ expense.

“This is all further evidence of their partisan plan to give the Tories an unfair advantage at the expense of democracy.”

The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) also slammed the Government over the new figures, highlighting that the largest reductions in voters has come in places where people are already under-represented in politics. Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of the ERS, said:

“The constituencies which saw the biggest drop are largely student seats and deprived areas – groups which are already under-represented. The areas with the biggest rise are largely wealthier areas. This patchy picture means electoral registration – and the number of parliamentary seats representing each area – is getting more unequal by the year.”

Tories “rigging the system” as 600,000 disappear from electoral roll

LABOURLIST DAILY EMAIL 25TH FEBRUARY, 2016 10:46 The Tories face accusations of rigging the electoral system as new statistics show hundreds of thousands of people have lost their right to...

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