Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Bedroom Tax vote: Plymouth put second by Tory MP yet again


Today MPs voted in the Commons on a bill that would see some of the worst parts of the Bedroom Tax removed. Plymouth's Tory MP, Oliver Colvile, voted to keep the Bedroom Tax unchanged. 

Luke Pollard, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, said:

“Oliver Colvile yet again put his Party before Plymouth today by doing the Tory Government's bidding and voting down sensible measures that would stop disabled people and families with children being unfairly penalised by the bedroom tax.

"Disabled people in Plymouth have been moved from specially adapted homes due to the bedroom tax, causing great distress to them and extra expense to the council which has to adapt the new home they move into. There is no evidence the bedroom tax is saving money but a great deal of evidence that it is creating great hardship for vulnerable people.

"Time and time again Oliver Colvile has had the chance to show he is listening to his constituents, many of whom are really struggling as a result of this policy, but he chooses to put his Party ahead of the people of Plymouth.

“Labour would scrap the bedroom tax because it is unfair and costs more money than it saves.”

If you want to see how our MP voted click on this link to the Hansard record of today's vote. Hansard is the official record of proceedings in Parliament. 


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