Caught Yellow-Handed: Liberal Democrats caught bang to rights saying one thing and doing another

27 April 2012

Harriet HarmanLabour has launched a document exposing how the Liberal Democrats are saying different things to different people in different parts of the country.

"Caught Yellow-Handed: Liberal Democrats caught bang to rights saying one thing and doing another" shows that Nick Clegg's party is trying to have it both ways. They join their Conservative coalition partners in imposing cuts that go too far, too fast - then campaign against them locally. In Cornwall, they’re campaigning to “Stop The Tories Taxing Our Pasties”, a tax which their Government is imposing. In North Tyneside, they’ve even taken the words “Liberal Democrat” off their leaflets.

The Liberal Democrats think they can get away with the same double-talk that they deployed in opposition. They hoped nobody would notice that they are jointly responsible for the very cuts they issue local press releases and leaflets against. But they have been caught yellow-handed.

Click here to download the document

Harriet Harman said:

"The Lib Dems are guilty of breaking their promises to voters - on VAT, tuition fees and police cuts.

"They are guilty of colluding with the Tories - on tax cuts for the rich and tax credit cuts for low income families.

"And they are guilty of duplicity - purporting to protest against Tory-led Government decisions which they have voted for, and which would not have been able to be pushed through without the votes of the Lib Dems themselves.

"They have been caught yellow-handed and we are warning people not to trust them again but to vote Labour on May 3rd."