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Baroness Thatcher and Mr Hart are unfortunately mistaken in their beliefs and I would urge them to reassess their assertions before it is too late. The deal we have negotiated protects British sovereignty far more than any other European Treaty. We protect the national veto, we expand the national veto, we protect the British rebate, we empower our British MEPs, and we ensure that the very thing they fear, the adoption of a Single Currency, cannot be forced on Britain and must first be put to the people. I urge Conservative backbenchers not to throw away this success and give way to a Maastricht Treaty negotiated by Labour which would put all the gains we have made at risk and usher in a far more uncertain future for Europe.
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Labour have set out a very clear vision for a viable, credible alternative to the Tories' half-baked Treaty. We have repeatedly rejected the black-and-white view of the Government that Britain should be "in or out". Instead, we have said we want a public vote, a better, fairer deal, and scrutiny powers for Britain. Our position accounts for protections of our national interests, but it also puts genuine cooperation at its heart, such as full subscription to and deepening of the Social Charter.

When I voted in the House of Commons today to reject Maastricht, I wasn't rejecting Europe or internationalism. I was voting for greater scrutiny, for the public to have a voice, for a fair deal for Westminster, and for a Europe of workers, not bankers. I voted to say this Tory Treaty isn't good enough, and Britain deserves better.
Gruffydd Rhys Morrison MP
Labour and Cooperative
Member for Easington
Formerly Shadow Foreign Secretary
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I've spoken with Alex in detail and I was rather hesitant and a bit sceptical about a referendum on Maastricht but I ultimately agree with Alex's point, we have to assure the public that they are in charge when it comes to Europe, especially when Countess Thatcher and Ruth Murphy are scaremongering the public about Maastricht. Countess Thatcher's addition to Maastricht scaremongering team was the last measure to convince me that we have to get Maastricht done via a referendum or it will turn Europe into an issue that will haunt Britain for decades.
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Labour's decision to abstain en masse from the ongoing division on the Local Government Finance Act reflects their dereliction of parliamentary duty in order to score political points and appear neutral. But the truth is that, after failing to poke holes in the Chancellor's bill, they have decided that they would just hide their true positions from the British public. But I've got news for Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition: you simply cannot govern by abstaining. Try as Labour might to paint themselves as a government-in-waiting, they are showing themselves as incapable of governing, period.
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Labour's position on financing local government has been clear, while the Tories were still attempting to salvage the cruel, mean-spirited Poll Tax we were calling for its repeal and replacement with a Land Value Tax. Labour will not stand in the way of a bill that repeals Poll Tax but cannot support a replacement that is unsatisfactory in too many places from providing inadequate relief to our pensioners and those with disabilities to contradictory rate-setting by region which unfairly burdens some more than others based on location.
Tommy Dawson
MP for Sheffield Brightside (1979-Present)
Deputy Leader of Labour (1990-Present), Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (1990-Present)
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The Conservatives’ sudden decision that abstention is bad and inexcusable is curious, and it is a position I hope their constituents remember in the future. 

But I frankly disagree. Labour welcome any attempt to repeal and replace the poll tax and will not stand in its way, but its replacement with a system that unfairly burdens our pensioners, the disabled and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland strikes me as insufficient and too unfair to offer any explicit support. That is what our vote reflects. It is as simple as that.
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The Liberal Democrats have always stood up for the countryside, and for rural people. Today, we launched our Shop Local, Buy British campaign, in different patches across Britain. I spoke to farmers and locals in Hereford and Ross-on-Wye, with our MPs out in Bath and Caithness too. A strong rural economy isn't just rooted in treating farms in isolation, it has to include local consumers and businesses too. Our plans are clear and ambitious - stop small businesses from paying any rates at all, and give 5 year breaks to new rural businesses, whilst making up the difference to local authorities. It makes sense - Shop Local, Buy British.

https://politicsuk.net/culloden/thread-1026.html

Puritanical sin taxes on British produced beers, gins, ciders, wines and whiskies only end up in Treasury pockets, where they're never seen again. We need to respect our local producers more, and the enormous impact they have on our local and rural economies. Liberal Democrats are proposing cutting these levies by a fifth - it'll save local pubs, employ local people, and keep a fundamentally and quintessentially British industry the leeway it needs to thrive. We also want to tie levies to our NHS, and make sure that those who need help get it, so that it isn't simply absorbed by the Chancellor. Let's save the local, and be proud of what we produce!
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It is clear that this Government is finished. When asked about the declaration they made with so many promises of action on Northern Ireland, the best the Home Secretary could come up with was that he would be doing nothing about it until after the next election. As if the people of Northern Ireland and peace process should simply shut up and hold on while the Tories try to beg and plead another term out of the public. It's wholly unacceptable. Bill Croft is a Minister of the Crown, he should answer questions in that capacity, not relegate Home Office policy to a future election manifesto. I urge him to seriously consider that the issues facing Northern Ireland cannot wait for his vain leadership bid to be over to be dealt with.
Gruffydd Rhys Morrison MP
Labour and Cooperative
Member for Easington
Formerly Shadow Foreign Secretary
Biography  | XP: 5| Traits: Safe pair of hands
Issue Champion: Britain’s place in the world
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The Government is working around the clock to put together a counter-response plan to the insidious attack leveled against our country by the IRA. I want to make one thing very clear: our chief aim is to keep you, the British people safe, and I have every intention of doing just that. In addition to reaching out to our friends in Ireland in the hopes of restarting cross party talks, I will be holding meetings with senior intelligence officers, military officials, and police commanders to draw up plans on counter offensive and security protocols. Our response will be swift, strong, and backed by the full force of the global power that is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
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With regret I have resigned as Environment Secretary from the cabinet. I am unable to support certain decisions that have been made in recent days around Government policy. I also disagree with decisions around the whips in relation to the Maastricht motions in the House of Commons. These are neither manifesto commitments nor motions of confidence, and I therefore believe Conservative MPs should have the right to vote how they intend without fear of retaliation from the acting party leadership. 
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