Alok Sharma Tory MP for Reading West

You might ask why I’ve taken an interest in Mr Sharma over in Reading West. That’s my business.

How Alok Sharma voted on Welfare and Benefits

  • Voted strongly for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax”) Source
  • Voted very strongly against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Source
  • Voted very strongly against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Source
  • Voted very strongly for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support Source
  • Voted strongly for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Source
  • Voted very strongly against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed

As you can see Mr Sharma follows a long Tory tradition of voting to punish the vulnerable.

On the other hand he voted like this on Taxation issues

How Alok Sharma voted on Taxation and Employment

  • Voted strongly for raising the threshold at which people start to pay income tax Source
  • Voted strongly for increasing the rate of VAT Source
  • Voted very strongly for higher taxes on alcoholic drinks Source
  • Voted moderately for higher taxes on plane tickets Source
  • Voted a mixture of for and against lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles Source
  • Voted very strongly against increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000 Source
  • Voted very strongly for encouraging occupational pensions Source
  • Voted very strongly for automatic enrolment in occupational pensions Source
  • Voted moderately against a banker’s bonus tax Source
  • Voted strongly against an annual tax on the value of expensive homes (popularly known as a mansion tax) Source
  • Voted moderately for allowing employees to exchange some employment rights for shares in the company they work for

He’s against increasing tax for those above £150k, and he’s not very keen taxing banker’s bonuses.

Make up your own mind.

Source: They Work For You

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