Peer says that PM begging Commission for concessions on tampons proves who governs Britain

THE PRESS OFFICE OF                                                           

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon

(Independent Labour)                                                                                          

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18th March 2016

 

The Prime Minister begging Brussels for permission to abolish tax on tampons demonstrates who governs Britain

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon, has vociferously pointed out that the fact that Prime Minister David Cameron has had to go “cap in hand to Brussels to beg for permission to abolish the tax on tampons is clear and unequivocal evidence that this country is governed by the European Commission in Brussels and not our Government and Parliament at Westminster.”

Lord Stoddart said:  “It is absolutely humiliating to see our Prime Minister forced to beg for concessions on this iniquitous tax from unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.  For millions of women tampons are an absolutely essential item and this is proof positive that our country has been humbled by EU membership.  If anyone was still in doubt about who governs Britain, they know now.”

 

 

Having Tony Blair on side is like ‘inheriting death duties’ says Peer

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The Lord Stoddart of Swindon

(Independent Labour)                                                                                          

 

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17th February 2016

Tony Blair is as out of touch as ever

‘Having him on your side must feel a bit like inheriting death duties’ says Independent Labour Peer

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon, commenting on Tony Blair’s support for the EU and for the remain campaign said:  “Once again Mr Blair demonstrates his complete failure to understand how real people think on these issues.  He has the modern politician’s ‘I know best’ disease mixed with a complete lack of affinity with the voters and, more worryingly, with working people who have suffered the most from the mass immigration his Government started and which has led to job losses and wage cuts.

 “He could not be trusted on the EU when in office, promising us a referendum on the EU Constitution and reneging on it, so he certainly can’t be trusted now.

 “The remain campaign must be rueing the day he joined their ranks.  Having Tony Blair on your side in this campaign must feel a bit like inheriting death duties!”

 

Government criticised for ‘ridiculous’ pride in spending £5.8 billion in foreign countries

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29th January 2016

 

Government criticised for ‘ridiculous’ pride in spending £5.8 billionof taxpayers’ money on fighting climate change in foreign countries

 

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has sharply criticised the Government for its ‘ridiculous’ pride in sending £5.8 billion to foreign countries to tackle climate change.  Lord Stoddart was reacting to a written answer he received from the Government about how any financial commitments it had made to help foreign countries at the Paris Climate Change Conference, would be met.

Replying for the Government, Baroness Verma, from the Department for International Development said:  “The Government will provide £5.8 billion over the next five years to support developing countries using the UK’s International Climate Fund (ICF), which is channelled through DFID, the Department of Energy & Climate Change and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.  All ICF support is Official Development Assistance (ODA). The UK is proud to be a 0.7% donor and is promoting climate smart development across the aid portfolio.”

Lord Stoddart said:  “The Government’s pride in spending £5.8 billion at allegedly human induced climate change issues in foreign countries is ridiculous when you consider the under-funding problems we face in our own country, where hospitals and schools are buckling under the strain and the police are closing police stations all over the UK and leaving it to the public to report crime via the internet! The scientists are still fighting over whether human induced global warming actually exists but here we are throwing vast sums of money at it.

“To help developing countries, surely it would be better to spend the money on providing infrastructure to help them feed themselves and on supplying medical support.

“At some point, I hope the Government will realise that it has shot itself in both feet by insisting on spending 0.7% of GDP on overseas aid, which means that every time the economy does well and there is growth in GDP, taxpayers have to fork out even more money for sending abroad.  In other words, we penalise ourselves for doing well!”

The full text of Lord Stoddart’s question and the Government’s response, is as follows:

Question:
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the financial aid commitments made by them to foreign countries at the Paris Climate Summit will be met from the overseas aid budget, or from which other sources; and what safeguards will be put in place to ensure that the funds provided are used exclusively for the purpose intended. (HL5147)

Tabled on: 18 January 2016

Answer:
Baroness Verma:

The Government will provide £5.8 billion over the next five years to support developing countries using the UK’s International Climate Fund (ICF), which is channelled through DFID, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. All ICF support is Official Development Assistance (ODA). The UK is proud to be a 0.7% donor and is promoting climate smart development across the aid portfolio.

We have rigorous programme design processes and robust monitoring and evaluation arrangements for ODA spending, including the ICF. We also use independently reviewed methodologies and key performance indicators to track impact and the value for money of ICF interventions. The Independent Commission on Aid Impact gave the ICF a positive assessment in December 2014, saying it was well on the way to achieving its ambitious objectives.

PM under fire for his tactics in Brussels

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The Lord Stoddart of Swindon

(Independent Labour)                                                                                          

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22nd January 2016

The Prime Minister, David Cameron has come under fire from the independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon, over his contradictory tactics in Davos.

Lord Stoddart said:  “How can we give any credence to a Prime Minister who one day says “Trust the people” with the European Union membership referendum but then at Davos appeals to international financiers and multinational industries to help him make the case to stay in, if he achieves the minor concessions he has so meekly demanded?

 “Comically, the EU countries at Davos are wringing their hands about the dire consequences for the EU and the United Kingdom if our country decides to leave.  We know that the EU would suffer from UK withdrawal because it has treated Britain as a milch cow for more than 40 years.  In the process, it has crippled some of our great industries through over-regulation and prevented our own governments giving early aid to ailing industries, without its permission.

“Freed from paying billions of pounds every year to the EU coffers to subsidise our competitors and no longer subject to bureaucratic impositions from the unelected European Commission, our country would be able to thrive in the wider world and our young people could then look forward to happy and successful futures in an independent, democratic country, of which they could be justly proud.”

Peer slams Nick Herbert’s ‘scare’ tactics on EU referendum

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The Lord Stoddart of Swindon (Independent Labour)   

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 18th January 2016

Peer slams Nick Herbert’s ‘scare’ tactics on EU referendum

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has rounded on Tory MP Nick Herbert for his “quite ridiculous use of language” and for trying to “scare people” into voting to stay in the EU, in the forthcoming referendum.  Mr Herbert has described leaving the EU as a “jump into a void.”

Lord Stoddart said: “It is a quite ridiculous language use of language, designed to scare people. A ‘void’ is nothingness.  The truth is that by leaving the EU, the United Kingdom would be taking a bold step forward into the real world, by retrieving our right to govern ourselves unhampered by decisions taken by 27 unelected officials from other countries, most of which are inimical and unsuitable to the status and interests of the UK.  This much needed freedom would enable us to trade on a worldwide basis, rather than on terms dictated by Brussels.

“The only ‘void’ would be in respect of the immediate cessation of our net annual payment of £10 billion and rising to Brussels, which could then be used to put funds back into our much neglected public services and give aid to industry and agriculture.

“In my view, staying in the costly, incompetent, chaotic and corrupt EU is the biggest leap into darkness imaginable.”

Government reveals £78.9 billion deficit in trade with the EU in 2014

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The Lord Stoddart of Swindon (Independent Labour)  

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19th November 2015

In response to a written question from the independent Labour peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon, the Government has revealed the 2014 figures for UK trade with the EU and which expose a £78.9 billion deficit with the EU.

Responding for the Government , Lord Maude of Horsham, from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said:  ‘The UK’s trade in goods deficit with the EU was £78.9bn in 2014. The overall trade in goods and services deficit with the EU was £61.7bn.’

Lord Stoddart, commenting on the Government’s response, said:  “We are constantly told that EU membership is vital for our trading interests.  The Government’s answer exposes it as a deceit.  The EU countries sell far more to us than we do to them, so we can see who really benefits from EU membership.  Even more seriously, the deficit has to be financed and it is quite clear that much of it comes foreign companies buying up British businesses.  This is not a bottomless form of funding and cannot be relied on indefinitely.  Our trade deficit with the EU has been going on for decades and is something the public needs to understand, when considering how to vote in the forthcoming referendum on EU membership. We need a simple free trade agreement with the EU, not the whole panoply of membership and the huge financial and regulatory costs that come with it.”

Ends

The full text of Lord Stoddart’s question and the Government’s reply is as follows:

From: Written Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Sent: 17 November 2015 17:53

To: STODDART, D Lord
Subject: Written answer to your QWA HL3451 received from Lord Maude of Horsham, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Lord Maude of Horsham, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL3451):

Question:
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the deficit in trade with the EU in 2014 in (1) goods, and (2) overall in goods and services; and how that deficit is financed. (HL3451)

Tabled on: 09 November 2015

Answer:
Lord Maude of Horsham:

The UK’s trade in goods deficit with the EU was £78.9bn in 2014. The overall trade in goods and services deficit with the EU was £61.7bn.

The UK’s total trade deficit is financed by a net inflow of investment in the financial account, for which data is not available on a geographical basis. The UK’s financial account surplus was £89.4bn in 2014.

Source: ONS Pink Book 2015