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Murrison votes against emergency tax cut

May 20, 2022 7:00 AM

South West Wiltshire's Liberal Democrats have slammed Andrew Murrison MP for voting against an emergency tax cut in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

It comes as over 300 Conservative MPs voted against the measures put forward by the Liberal Democrats to cut VAT from 20% to 17.5%.

This proposal would be set to save families in South West Wiltshire an average of £600 each, and would also reduce inflation by keeping prices down in the shops. However, it was blocked after the Conservatives voted it down.

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to immediately bring in an emergency tax cut to help families facing soaring inflation and rising prices. The party is also calling for a windfall tax on the massive profits of oil and gas companies, to fund extra support for the most vulnerable families.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the South West Wiltshire, Ellen Nicholson, has slammed the local Conservative MP for voting against the tax cut.

Commenting, Ellen Nicholson said:

"People in Wiltshire are struggling with skyrocketing energy bills and rising food and fuel prices.

"But the Conservatives have done nothing to help, and instead have blocked our calls for an emergency tax cut. Families and pensioners in Wiltshire deserve better than Andrew Murrison, who voted against tax cuts put forward by the Lib Dems.

"The Liberal Democrats are fighting for a better deal for communities being let down and taken for granted by this Conservative government. Our plans for a VAT cut would put money back into people's pockets and boost spending in our high streets to support the economy."

Notes

Full voting record on the Lib Dem amendment to the Queen's Speech, which would have introduced an emergency VAT cut, can be found here.