Following my blogpost here LINK – covered by the brilliant Political Scrapbook website here LINK the issue of the Brent Central Liberal Democrats political communications during Lib Dem Alison Hopkin’s Dollis Hill Ward by-election campaign has been raised to the Leader of the House of Commons Sir George Young.
In a Parliamentary debate, Angela Eagle MP said:
May I wish everyone a happy international women’s day and welcome the debate later today, for which I thank my hon. Friend the Member for North East Derbyshire (Natascha Engel)? Does the Leader of the House agree that the Justice Secretary should clear his diary to attend it? The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will halve the number of women entitled to legal aid in domestic violence cases. The Opposition have set out proposals to reduce the legal aid bill without penalising the most vulnerable. Will the Leader of the House explain how the Government’s proposals are fair?
One person who does not think it fair is the junior Education Minister, the hon. Member for Brent Central (Sarah Teather), who spends her day voting for Government cuts and then goes delivering leaflets in the evening asking, “Who can you trust to stop the cuts?” The answer is clearly not the Liberal Democrats. Will the Leader of the House arrange for an urgent debate on Government communications to the electorate to enable her to explain herself?
This was picked up by a number of MPs on Twitter who highlighted the level of Lib Dem hypocrisy on the social networking site:
This is a Lib Dem leaflet from Sarah Teather's seat - meanwhile she's merrily voting for every savage cut in sight http://t.co/Nd6X1xK8—
Kevin Brennan (@KevinBrennanMP) March 08, 2012
Karl Turner MP (@KarlTurnerMP) March 08, 2012
LibDem govt minister Sarah Teather has leaflets going out in her constit "who can u trust to stop the cuts?" Cuts she votes for #cldntmkitup—
Luciana Berger (@lucianaberger) March 08, 2012
Any Lib Dems out there - those not hiding in air raid shelters - prepared to defend Sarah Teather's frankly shameful leaflet?—
Jamie Reed (@jreedmp) March 08, 2012
More MPs commented and people around the country condemned the hypocritical approach of the Brent Liberal Democrats. Brent deserves better than this sort of shameful and shameless set of individuals.