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Labour lies and misinformation - not just confined to RCT

January 16, 2014 11:30 AM

This article is taken from Lib Dem Voice:

Sometimes you'll hear Labour folk claim, with absolute certainty, that the Lib Dems opposed the introduction of the minimum wage in 1998. They're wrong, as a glance at the voting record shows not a single Lib Dem MP voted against and 26 voted in favour.

Today (15th Jan 2014) Labour's shadow secretary of state for Work and Pensions, Rachel Reeves, upped the ante, demanding to know:

"Where was the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Vince Cable)? He was nowhere to be seen in the debates. He was nowhere to be seen on the voting record. On Second Reading and Third Reading, he failed to vote. Apparently, he abstained because he had reservations about a minimum wage. Perhaps he will stand up today to profess his concern for the plight of the low-paid."

Vince didn't respond directly immediately. But he did respond:

Vince Cable:

"The hon. Member for Leeds West [Rachel Reeves] made a great deal of the fact that, as she put it, the Conservatives opposed the national minimum wage and many Liberal Democrats opposed it. She speaks with all the self-confidence of somebody who was not here at the time."

Chris Bryant (Rhondda) (Lab): " You were and you didn't vote."

Vince Cable:

"I did not particularly wish to raise this, but I am being asked personally to explain why I did not vote. It had a lot to do with the fact that my late wife was terminally ill at the time and I was in the Royal Marsden hospital. That is why my voting record at the time was poor on that and other issues.

"As it happens, my party supported the national minimum wage; nobody opposed it. I became the party's spokesman shortly after the vote and I made it absolutely clear throughout that Parliament that we supported the principle of the national minimum wage. There was never any question about that."