‘Tory in disguise’ Swinson shamed over record as audience member rages: ‘How DARE you!’

Jo Swinson was confronted about her support for the bedroom tax and rising tuition fees while an Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations during the Coalition government of David Cameron and Nick Clegg. Ms Swinson sparked the fury of one member of the audience assisting to the Channel 4 News’ Anything but Brexit election debate on Sunday evening. The seething member of the public said: “Why doesn’t Jo Swinson show her true colours – they’re blue.

“You are a Tory in disguise. State what you are.”

The woman added: “You dare to try and raise taxes of lower earners when the country is in austerity. How dare you?”

Ms Swinson insisted the Liberal Democrats would seek to “end” austerity but immediately attempted to dodge questions on her record by attacking the Labour Party’s spending propositions.

The Lib Dem leader said: “We need to end that by making sure we invest in our public services. We need to be honest about how we do that.

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“And if you look at the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies, they’ve looked at the Labour plans and they said they are not credible.”

But Labour shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner, who was standing for leader Jeremy Corbyn, immediately hit back at Ms Swinson.

Ms Rayner said: “You voted for the bedroom tax. You voted for austerity. You voted for tuition fees.

“You did it nine years ago. Apologise for the tuition fees on our kids.”

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But Ms Swinson again shifted the focus of the discussion citing the IFS report on Labour’s spending plans once again.

The Lib Dem leader added: “What you are doing now is making a list of promises that, if you get into Number 10, you cannot deliver.

“You’ll be breaking these promises because they do not add up.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn promised to take on “vested interests” in society as he set out a radical programme of nationalising utilities and the Royal Mail, investing in public services, and new rules for businesses and homeowners.

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Labour’s 105-page manifesto was described by Mr Corbyn as the most “radical and ambitious plan to transform our country in decades”.

Leader Jeremy Corbyn promised to take on “vested interests” in society as he set out a radical programme of nationalising utilities and the Royal Mail, investing in public services, and new rules for businesses and homeowners.

Labour’s 105-page manifesto was described by Mr Corbyn as the most “radical and ambitious plan to transform our country in decades”.

But the IFS suggested Mr Corbyn’s party failed to include the costing of its nationalisation programme in their electoral plans.

The debt of these organisations will be around £150billion, but the cost of compensation to the companies owners is unknown, according to the think tank.

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