On 5 September 2014 Greg Mulholland wrote to constituents who had expressed concerns to him about the Bedroom Tax.
He replied in an email containing the following
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[This is a screen shot of part of his email]
Please note the sentence ‘I have always been very clear on my position regarding the changes to Housing Benefit and opposed them when they were being introduced.’

The Bedroom tax – changes to Housing Benefit – were introduced as part of the Welfare Reform Bill.
Here is Mr Mulholland’s name – along with Tory and LibDem colleagues – as it appears in the official record of the second reading of that bill on 9 March 2011 – voting for it.
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Here is a link to Hansard, the official Parliamentary record, from which this was taken.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110309/debtext/110309-0004.htm#11030953002098

And here is Mr Mulholland’s name – along with Tory and LibDem colleagues – as it appears in the official record of the third reading of that bill on 15 June 2011 – again voting for it.
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Here is a link to Hansard, the official Parliamentary record, from which this was taken.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110615/debtext/110615-0004.htm#11061559001806

We would be pleased if Mr Mulholland, in the light of these recorded votes, could clarify the statement
‘I have always been very clear on my position regarding the changes to Housing Benefit and opposed them when they were being introduced.’

His constituents, who wrote to him on this issue, have a right to know.

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2 thoughts on “Leeds NW MP Greg Mulholland and the Bedroom Tax – Please clarify your email to constituents.

  1. I don’t think you need the clarification the votes speak for themselves. If you are against the bedroom tax (Under-Occupancy Allowance) then he should have voted for the amendment when it went for its second reading, and even though he might have gone against a party whip if your convictions are strong you would vote against at its final reading. This has to be announced in bold type. “You can fool some of the people, some of the time, but not all the people, all of the time”. Here clearly is evidence of the double standards we expect these days from our politicians. Time to go i think…..

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