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John Erskine, Scottish Labour candidate for the upcoming General Election, has slammed the local Liberal Democratic MP John Thurso for voting in favour of keeping the unfair and unworkable Bedroom Tax.

 The vote was held after a debate called for by the Labour Party.  If the Labour motion had been successful the vote would have scrapped the cut to housing benefit which affects 998 people in Caithness, Sutherland and East Ross.  However Labours motion was defeated by 298 to 266 thanks to the votes from Liberal Democrat MPs including Lord Thurso. 

John Erskine said:

“John Thurso has had the chance to help the 998 local people affected by this vile tax.  Instead he chose to vote with his Tory-led Government in favour of the tax. "

"If he and his Liberal Democrats colleagues had voted with Labour MPs, the Bedroom Tax would be scrapped."

“A Labour Government will scrap the Bedroom Tax which is hurting not helping. We must protect the most vulnerable, not the millionaires which is the current Coalition policy.  A Labour Government will tax mansions to fully fund the NHS, make bankers pay for a job guarantee scheme to help young people into work and introduce a 50p tax rate for the highest earners.  We can builder a fairer and more equal community.  Anything but a vote for Labour next May will give this Tory Government another five years in office.  Local people deserve better than this.”

JOHN THURSO MP VOTES FOR THE BEDROOM TAX

John Erskine, Scottish Labour candidate for the upcoming General Election, has slammed the local Liberal Democratic MP John Thurso for voting in favour of keeping the unfair and unworkable Bedroom Tax....

Local Scottish Labour Candidate for Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross, John Erskine is urging MPs from all parties to back Labour’s attempt to scrap the Bedroom Tax by Christmas. Labour has forced a debate and vote in parliament on Wednesday 17th December on the Bedroom Tax.

 

Since the Bedroom Tax was introduced around half a million low-income households have been forced to find, on average an extra £700 a year. In Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross 998 people have been hit by the Bedroom Tax.

John Erskine PPC said: ‘This Christmas hundreds of people in the north will struggle to make ends meet, many relying on food banks to survive because of the Bedroom Tax David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s government introduced in April 2013. The Bedroom Tax is wasting people’s money, time and talents, it’s another example of Tory Welfare Waste.

‘This Wednesday Labour is forcing a vote to scrap this failing policy once and for all. I urge MPs all parties to do the right thing and back Labour’s attempt to scrap this cruel and unfair tax.”

Rachel Reeves said: “Around half a million people have been hit by the Bedroom Tax, forcing many into debt and to rely on food banks. It’s a cruel, unfair and costly tax with two thirds of those affected are disabled. Let’s scrap the Bedroom Tax and get rid of this failing policy which is leading to more Tory Welfare Waste.”

Let’s scrap the Bedroom Tax by Christmas

Local Scottish Labour Candidate for Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross, John Erskine is urging MPs from all parties to back Labour’s attempt to scrap the Bedroom Tax by Christmas. Labour...

John Erskine, the Scottish Labour Party candidate for Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross at the General Election next May has formaly lodged his objection to the Global Energy Group’s plan for a Harbour Revision Order that would establish a port at Global’s Nigg Energy Park.

Mr Erskine lodged his objection with The Scottish Government today saying he had “Serious concerns over the potentially detrimental impact to the Cromarty Firth and surrounding area if the Harbour Revision Order is granted by Scottish Ministers.”

The Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA) which is an independent public body, operate as a Trust Port, which is established and governed by local legislation.

Mr Erskine continued, “This is a simple choice, between continuing to allow Cromarty Firth Port Authority to run this important piece of local infrastructure for the benefit of the surrounding area and its stakeholders, or putting more power in to private hands and jeopardising the long term future and economic growth and stability of Easter Ross.”

Port of Cromarty Firth are objecting the plans as it considers that ther is no need for the Order to be made and have said  “PoCF considers that it is neither in the interests of its stakeholders nor in the wider public interest for the Order to be made.  PoCF considers that the status quo provides a level playing field to all users of the Cromarty Firth.  It is the Port of Cromarty Firth’s view that there is no justification for the new harbour limits proposed by Global at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth and has serious concerns about potential impacts on navigation.  The making of the Order will also deprive the Port of Cromarty Firth, a public body, of vital income, without any compensation from Global.”

The deadline for any objections to the Scottish Government is the 24th December 2014 and Mr Erskine who is urging local people to respond said “People in  Easter Ross want to see the best for our area, we have exciting opportunities on the horizon in terms of renewable energy, jobs and economic growth. I want to see these opportunities benefit local people before big business and I would urge local people to contact the Scottish Government and make their voices heard ahead of this important decision for the future of Easter Ross.  

Labour Candidate Lodges Objection to Global Port Plans

John Erskine, the Scottish Labour Party candidate for Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross at the General Election next May has formaly lodged his objection to the Global Energy Group’s plan...

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