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Cameron's Broken Britain

Having lost the referendum, David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister and now the Tory Party have hurriedly disposed of his services. 

Some people have been marking the achievements of his six years at the top, which most notably includes equal marriage. It shouldn't be forgotten that he only secured that notable social change with help from other political parties (including Labour and memorably opposed by my Lib Dem predecessor). 

We must also use his departure from office to focus on failing policies however. Cameron claimed, in 2010, that he wanted to end 'Broken Britain' but for many families across the country, and especially here in Bermondsey and Old Southwark, he left things far worse off. 

Cameron:

  • hiked fees for university students, leaving many (especially mature students) feeling university had become unaffordable and making the prospect of home ownership even harder for many more encumbered by thousands of pounds of debt;
  • hit 600,000 people with the Bedroom Tax (which did have my Lib Dem predecessor's backing in no fewer than eight parliamentary votes) and has been very damaging to Southwark communities;
  • oversaw a steep rise in homelessness. Labour in Government decimated homeless figures but Cameron's Ministers have added thousands of people to rough sleeping figures across the country but especially around the Elephant and London Bridge areas locally;
  • hammered people on low incomes and left thousands reliant on foodbanks in one of the world's largest economies. The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network in Bermondsey and Old Southwark apparently helped almost 7,000 people last year, including almost 900 children and roughly 10% of the people they serve are in work; and
  • undermined community safety. Despite the growing local population, we've lost a fire station and 200 police officers and PCSOs in Southwark since Cameron took charge. People don't feel safer and May was Cameron's delivery vehicle for police cuts in her previous capacity. It makes me nervous that she's now at the helm

 

I don't believe Cameron solved Broken Britain. I think he added to our challenges and has left us much the worse off after the EU referendum result sadly. I will continue to press the Government on these issues and more.

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