Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Stephen Williams at the Orpington Liberal Club

Posted by jonathanfryer on Wednesday, 17th October, 2012

As Chairman of the LibDems’ Finance and Business Committee in parliament, Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West, has a platform to talk about economic issues without having the constraints of being a government minister. At an Orpington Liberal Club dinner this evening he identified himself as an economic Liberal, albeit with a strong social Liberal side. And certainly he had some good economic news to share, with both unemployment and inflation down in the UK. It will probably be crucial for the fortunes of the Liberal Democrats at the 2015 general election that the painful austerity measures brought in to tackle the deficit will have been seen to have worked. In the meantime we can and should champion the fact that most ordinary people in this country who receive a salary or wages or a pension will have seen their net income rise, because of the raising of the tax threshold and the boost to the state pension. Liberal Democrats are currently the largest party on Bristol City Council, though not in majority control, and they are now fighting a Police and Crime Commissioner election — something we in London are spared. At one point in the proceedings this evening I bizarrely referred to Stephen as Simon, but he says that often happens. Weird.

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