Tim Farron has claimed credit for the coalition’s U-turn on caravan tax — despite his failure to vote either way in Parliament.
In a press release, the Lib Dem President claimed that George Osborne’s decision to slash tax on caravans from 20% to 5% was down to him:
“I want to thank local caravan park owners and our tourism sector. All their help allowed me to go into the Treasury and make sure that this climb down happened. Together we did this!”
But Hansard reveals he couldn’t be bothered to turn up and vote on the issue. Like Simon Hughes — his colleague and competitor to succeed Nick Clegg — Tim Farron isn’t letting the facts of his voting record obstruct the fiction of his public statements.
Farron claims he went “into the Treasury” to fight on caravan tax — but the trip through a division lobby is much shorter.