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Star date: 14th September 2013

LABOUR PARTY FACES MUTINY IF IT KEEPS THE BEDROOM TAX BOLTON MP TELLS RALLY

"There will be numerous MPs like me…who will vote against the leadership of the Labour Party and the Whips office" David Crausby, Bolton MP

As hundreds of people from all over Greater Manchester gathered in Bolton Town Centre this afternoon for a march and rally against the Bedroom Tax, Bolton North East MP, David Crausby, pledged, along with two more of the area's MPs, to "vote against the Labour Party leadership" if it keeps the Bedroom Tax.

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"This is bullying and intimidation of the poorest people in our country by those who are doing the bidding of the richest people in our country"

Hundreds of people from all over Greater Manchester, including Salford, gathered outside Bolton Town Hall for a rally and, later, a march organised by Bolton Against Bedroom Tax.

Speaking to the crowds, Bolton North East MP, David Crausby, along with Bolton's two other MPs who were present, Yasmin Qureshi (Bolton South East) and Julie Hilling (Bolton West), pledged to oppose Ed Miliband if he didn't abolish the Bedroom Tax once in power…

"The next Labour Government must abolish the Bedroom Tax, and I have no doubt that the next Labour Government will abolish the Bedroom Tax" he said to cheers "And in the unlikely event that it doesn't, there will be numerous MPs like me, Julie and Yasmin who will vote against the leadership of the Labour party and the Whips Office."

Speaking on the Tax, Crausby added that the United Nations special investigator Raquel Rolnik was right to draw her conclusion that the Tax should be abolished…

"Raquel was invited by this Government to comment on the Bedroom Tax and it was only when she didn't deliver the right message that Grant Shapps, the Conservative Party Chairman, called her `disgraceful'; yet it is Grant Shapps, his Conservative Party and LibDem collaborators who are disgraceful for introducing this Tax in the first place.

"Mrs Rolnik was right when she said this Tax was an attack on human rights because she saw what we see, that this is a completely unfair and unjust Tax" he explained "They won't save any money because all it will lead to is more and more people in arrears, the local authorities spending more and more trying to collect those arrears, and more and more people being forced into private sub standard accommodation that is often more expensive than Council housing."

Also speaking out against the Tax on the platform was Mark Krantz, of the Anti Bedroom Tax Federation for Greater Manchester, who attended the United Nations hearings in Manchester last week. He confessed that he was in tears hearing the horror stories that were set before the special investigator…

"The reason people told their stories in full was because they felt that the first time somebody would be listening" he said "And it took the UN investigator to come from Brazil for people to feel that they were being listened to...She listened across the country and came to her conclusion that housing in this country has gone backwards. This Tax is a disaster and it's wrong."

Speaking of the fear being instilled into social housing tenants, he explained…

"Nobody in this country has been evicted as a result of the Bedroom Tax but they're being threatened every day with letters. This is bullying and intimidation of the poorest people in our country by those who are doing the bidding of the richest people in our country."

His point was underlined by Andrew Peacock, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, has a son who stays with him and is being hounded to pay the Bedroom Tax.

"I'm sick of this Government taking the mick out of me" he said "My wife and I split up a year ago and my boy stays with me, yet I've still got to pay the Tax. It can't be legal to charge for a room that's being used but it is – I've been charged while my son's staying with me.

"I'm not going to pay it" he added defiantly "And I'm not moving because I'm too ill to move. They are ripping off the poor and disabled for the rich man's mess. We didn't cause this. I'm standing up for myself. I'm not going anywhere."

After the rally there was a march through Bolton city centre which ironically passed by the pay day loan shops, pawnbrokers and cash shops that are springing up like a plague on every high street in the town. The fear is that people are going to resort to such huge interest loans to pay off Bedroom Tax arrears, leaving more people in even more poverty.

"We've got people here from Salford, Manchester, Wigan and other places, all showing solidarity and supporting each other" said Linda Charnock of Bolton Against Bedroom Tax "We would have had even more, except there are so many who are disabled we couldn't give them all lifts to get here."

See also previous Salford Star article - United Nations Comes To Salford To See Bedroom Tax Horror - click here

joanne blakemore wrote
at 09:12:51 on 08 June 2014
I agree get rid of bedroom tax it awful to see people being evicted by this or in arrears get rid let people lead normal life instead of worrying about this idios idea
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 17:58:45 on 15 September 2013
Bedroom Tax is the thin end of evil polices hitting people in need. I ask voters in Weaste and Seedley to vote against any party that does not outlaw the tax.
 
Patrick Sudlow wrote
at 14:52:17 on 15 September 2013
As the vote against taking military action against showed, this Bed-roon Tax could of been stopped from becoming into being. But, the majority of Labour MPs were not bothered to vote, or sat on the fence. Labour since Kinnock have been no better than the Conservatives.
 
Darren wrote
at 14:52:08 on 15 September 2013
the ability to vote against the Party leaders will only present itself if those leaders permit a vote to be held in the first place. going by present performance, I don't see that happening, which means that these MP's are merely showboating for election votes.
 
More bull from the trough wrote
at 04:59:44 on 15 September 2013
David Crausby will "vote against the leadership of the Labour Party", oh and when will this happen David? That's right not in the near future or do you know something I don't know? Fact is if Ed the Tory quit tomorrow your one vote would not make the slightest difference would it, let's face it David all you are doing is trying to secure your re-election, wrong??? I don't think so. Sad meaningless political games you are playing? If you don't agree with the tax then stand against it on that ticket, but hey you might loose your chushy job then init?
 
No they wont wrote
at 04:59:02 on 15 September 2013
They will STFU and keep their nose's in the trough.
 
Dave Roper wrote
at 20:33:14 on 14 September 2013
I agree totally with the sentiments expressed in this article. The 'Bedroom Tax' is just bullying the poor and disadvantaged to pay for the mistakes of the wealthy. The Labour Party MUST drop this tax in it's manifesto to get into power again.
 
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