Actor Steve Coogan and presenter Carol Vorderman have expressed their support for the Liberal Democrats’ proposals to reform the UK general elections, advocating for a replacement of the current first past the post system with proportional representation. They believe that the current system does not accurately represent the will of the nation and that millions of people’s voices are going unheard. Their support for these reforms was demonstrated through video messages shown at a party rally in Bournemouth. The Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Ed Davey, also shares their view and emphasizes the party’s commitment to fighting for important issues such as the NHS, the environment, and a fair deal for the British people.
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Prominent figures Steve Coogan and Carol Vorderman have voiced their support for the Liberal Democrats at the party’s recent conference, highlighting the party’s push for proportional representation as a means to address the disparity between vote share and parliamentary representation.
UK Minister Suella Braverman has proposed a comprehensive reform of international rules to address the migrant crisis, expressing concerns about the outdated nature of current conventions and legal frameworks. Despite criticism and concerns about compliance, Braverman aims to present the UK’s innovative approaches as a blueprint for other nations. The urgency of the situation is underscored by the high number of individuals crossing the English Channel this year. Braverman’s upcoming visit to the US will focus on strengthening cooperation to combat illegal migration and people trafficking, as well as addressing related issues such as online child abuse and the potential impact of opioid use.
Government Minister Grant Shapps has criticized the UK’s inheritance tax, calling it “punitive and unfair.”
Liberal Democrats Propose Tax Increase for Social Media Firms to Fund Mental Health Professionals in Schools
The Liberal Democrats are proposing a significant tax increase for social media firms to fund a mental health professional in every school in England.
The Liberal Democrats are proposing a significant increase in the tax on social media giants to fund mental health professionals in state schools and address the growing mental health crisis among young people.
The UK government is reportedly considering a smoking ban, inspired by New Zealand’s approach, in an effort to gradually phase out cigarettes for the next generation and become smoke-free by 2025. The proposal includes progressively raising the legal smoking age and potentially banning single-use vapes. A major review supporting the ban suggests implementing it by 2026 to prevent anyone aged 15 and under from purchasing cigarettes. The government aims to reduce smoking-related health risks and associated costs, but the ban has garnered support from anti-smoking organizations and opposition from those concerned about the potential rise of illegal cigarette sales.
The UK government, led by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, is considering implementing stringent anti-smoking measures aimed at effectively banning cigarettes for the next generation, based on a major review led by Dr. Javed Khan, which recommends incrementally increasing the legal age for tobacco consumption each year to prevent anyone born on or after 1 January 2009 from purchasing tobacco products, with the goal of permanently prohibiting individuals currently aged 15 and below from buying cigarettes if implemented by 2026, highlighting the urgency to take action in order to meet the smoke-free target by 2030 and reduce the significant annual cost of smoking to society, estimated to be around £17bn, with previous measures focusing on assisting people in quitting rather than applying bans.
The UK government has disbanded a taskforce focused on accelerating home insulation and boiler upgrades, which has raised concerns about the potential impact on energy bills and meeting environmental targets.
The Energy Efficiency Taskforce, established by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, has been disbanded after six months of operation, without making any formal recommendations. The taskforce aimed to enhance the adoption of insulation and boiler upgrades in residential and commercial buildings, but its closure has raised disappointment and confusion among some, while the Treasury asserts its commitment to energy efficiency. The decision was made by the Department for Energy and Net Zero, and Labour’s Shadow Energy Secretary criticized the Tories for higher energy bills.