Lib Dems slam out of touch Labour leader’s appearance at poverty talking shop

8 Jun 2023

Liverpool Lib Dem Leader Carl Cashman says Liverpool’s Labour chief should focus on helping the city’s hard-up residents instead of sounding off about poverty at an academic conference.

City Council Leader Liam Robinson is one of the speakers at ‘Rethinking Poverty, Insecurity and the Cost of Living Crisis in the North West and Beyond’ at Liverpool Hope University later this month.

‘A ticket to attend this event costs £35, so it won’t exactly be full of people who are hard-up as a result of the cost of living crisis,” said Cllr Cashman. “Instead of pontificating at this talking shop, the council leader should be working on practical solutions for people affected by the rising price of basic necessities.”

The Lib Dem boss, who grew up on a council estate, added: ‘Liam Robinson is out of touch with ordinary people and the Labour Party’s priorities are all wrong. People scrimp and save to pay their council tax, while the Labour administration has allowed wealthy landlords to get away without paying what they owe.

‘A major reason why council tax has increased so much is that Labour’s incompetence and corruption has cost the city hundreds of millions of pounds over the past decade. But the council leader won’t be sharing that fact in his speech.”

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