Roberta appears on Sunday Politics

Roberta appears on Sunday Politics

Roberta appears on the Sunday Politics

You may have managed to catch me on the BBC’s Sunday Politics North East and Cumbria. If not, here’s the link, I’m on from 50:50:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b061svxg/sunday-politics-north-east-and-cumbria-labour-leadership-hustings

The interview covered a variety of topics, from George Osbourne’s budget through to Solar Farms. On the subject of the budget, I have made my position clear, I oppose the governments cruel and unfair targeting of the poor and vulnerable, and in particular their attack on working families. Tax credits are essential in ensuring that work does pay, without them, my fear is that employers will not be able to top up wages themselves and as a result many people may find that a life on benefits pays more than a life in work.

This will create a crisis within our welfare system, and it greatly concerns me. Not only have the government initiated an attack on the poor, but now also the Trade Unions. Their proposed changes are not only an attempt to silence anyone who opposes them, but are also an ideological attack on the Labour Party, as their attempts to reduce our funding are not matched with any attempts to tighten up the donations from businesses and corporations which they rely on.

I also spoke on the subject of solar farms and renewable energy, and I made it clear that this government are yet to adopt a stance on climate change. One minute David Cameron wants to hug a husky, and the next he is describing climate change policy as “green crap”.

Labour’s position on the subject is clear, we want to see new houses and buildings built with solar panels and energy efficiency in mind, and where possible we would like to see solar farms built on existing brownfield sites, rather than agricultural land. However, there is little evidence to suggest that solar farms pose a risk to farming, indeed, evidence by the National Farmers Union shows that land used for solar arrays can be multifunctional and used for both food and energy production.

If you have any comments on any of the issues that were discussed, or would like to get in touch, please do send me an email at: mail@roberta.org.uk

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