Liberal Democrats release ‘manifesto with opportunity at its heart’

Manifesto_Covers_2015The Liberal Democrats have today released their 2015 General Election manifesto, describing it as a ‘manifesto with opportunity at its heart’.

The 33,000 word document is a detailed and credible plan to build both a stronger economy and a fairer society. The manifesto includes:

Opportunity for children: with investment in education from nursery to 19 and qualified teachers in every classroom

Opportunity for young people: with more apprenticeships, discounted bus travel, a massive increase in housebuilding and support to rent or own their own home through the innovative Help to Rent and Rent to Own schemes Continue reading

Kris Brown will fight to protect our green belt

krisgreenbeltKris Brown, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Wallasey, will campaign to save Wallasey and Moreton’s green belt and will work to seek an alternative site for the fire station, currently proposed for the green belt in Saughall Massie.

Kris Brown said: “Protecting our green belt and high grade agricultural land is so important for our environment and for future generations of people. Once it’s gone, it’s gone! I’m proud to be supporting campaigners against any proposed sell-off”

£250m deal will help safeguard our post offices says Kris Brown

post-office_2555234bA crucial lifeline has been thrown to post offices in Wallasey thanks to a major Government contract.

The deal, unveiled by Liberal Democrat pensions minister Steve Webb, offers support to disabled people and the elderly while also helping to protect the future of the post office network.

It guarantees until 2022 the future of the Post Office Card Account system which ensures people without a bank account can receive benefits and tax credits.

Kris Brown, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Wallasey said:

“This is fantastic news for the local post offices in Wallasey. Liberal Democrats know how vital local post offices are for elderly and vulnerable people who can’t access their benefits, pension or tax credits any other way. Continue reading

£820 tax cut for workers in Wallasey thanks to the Lib Dems

141204_taxesThe Autumn Statement has confirmed that from April 2015, millions of workers on low and middle incomes will receive a further tax cut of £120.

Liberal Democrats are the party of fair tax. By the end of this parliament we will have delivered an £820 tax cut for millions of workers.

Cutting income tax by £700 – by raising the tax-free allowance to £10,000 – was the top priority on the front page of the Liberal Democrat 2010 manifesto – something which David Cameron said was not affordable. Continue reading

Disadvantaged Wirral primary school pupils to receive £17.3 million boost

Education-PrimaryDisadvantaged primary school pupils in the Wirral are to receive £17.3 million in extra cash support next year according to figures just released by the Department for Education.  The increase in funding has been welcomed by  Kris Brown, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Wallasey who believes it will help every child to reach their potential.

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly-funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Continue reading

Kris Brown questions “community Police station” plans

Merseyside-police-007Kris Brown, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Wallasey, has questioned plans that will see eight police stations close in the Wirral, with the station in Moreton set to go.

The closures are part of a shake-up by Labour’s Merseyside Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy that will see police stations replaced by “community stations”.

While Wallasey will become Wirral’s principle operating headquarters, Moreton will be sold-off and and replaced by a community station. Continue reading

Kris Brown welcomes Spare Room Subsidy change vote

1669765_10150361328579986_1928910767_oKris Brown, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Wallasey, has welcomed the passing of a private members bill which would protect the most vulnerable.

Andrew George the Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives proposed the motion which would stop the spare room subsidy being charged unless alternative accommodation was offered by the council. It would also mean disabled people would be exempted from the council.

Kris Brown said “I am delighted we are taking steps to curb the worst effects of the spare room subsidy. It is particularly nice to see MPs from a range of parties coming together and voting for our plan.”

The vote, held on Friday, passed 317 votes to 237 with a number of parties backing the Lib Dem bill.

The economy is now above pre-cash levels, thanks to the Lib Dems

1910142_10150405614724986_1767804009514759367_nLiberal Democrats have helped to restore the UK economy to pre-crash levels, figures released this week show.

The UK economy has grown by 0.8% over the last quarter, ensuring that the UK economy has now returned to the same level it had before the banking crisis in 2008.

Commenting Kris Brown, Parliamentary Candidate for Wallasey said:

“The rescue is working and Britain’s economy is the same size as it was before the crash. This is fantastic news for people in Wallasey.

“Delivering this recovery is why Liberal Democrats stepped up to the plate in 2010 and I am proud that we have helped rescue the British economy and get it growing at the fastest rate of any major economy..

“This recovery would not be happening without the Liberal Democrats, and it certainly wouldn’t be happening as fairly. It is the Liberal Democrats who have delivered an £800 tax cut to help millions of people weather the storm.

“Now, as we move from rescue to renewal the Liberal Democrats are determined to make our economy even stronger and our society fairer – so that every single person benefits from the recovery and has the opportunities to get on in their lives.”

Kris Brown welcomes Business Secretary to New Brighton

10375097_10150395796154986_506157154396285341_nKris Brown, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Wallasey welcomed Business Secretary Dr. Vince Cable MP to New Brighton earlier today.

Dr. Cable was speaking at a manufacturing summit at the Floral Pavilion as part of the International Festival for Business – which is estimated to generate £100 million for the UK economy.

Speaking at the summit, Vince Cable said:

 “The North West is the UK’s biggest concentration of manufacturing and it makes me enormousely proud to see Halewood go from a national joke to one of the world’s best car plants.

“What’s holding us back is that companies are still unable to get finance and the skill gap at all stages which could potentially cripple industry. New Trailblazer schemes and colleges will help to address this problem.” (Source: Liverpool Echo)

I was very pleased that Vince Cable took the time out of his busy schedule to meet with me in New Brighton.  How we support local businesses and create local jobs is something I’m campaigning on ahead of the General Election.  It was good to discuss with Vince how Liberal Democrat policies and the Government can help places like New Brighton thrive.”