The leader of the Lib Dem’s Sir Vince Cable weighed into the Homeless Tax row engulfing Manchester politics describing council proposals to deal with the situation as “one of the most unforgivable and deplorable misuses of power in local government history.”

The council is proposing on cracking down on ‘aggressive begging’ and rough sleepers pitching tents or sleeping in doorways in the city centre by hitting rough sleepers with on-the-spot fines of £100, rising to £1,000 in court if unpaid.

Manchester Lib Dem leader John Leech has been leading the campaign to scrap the Homeless Tax.

An open letter, penned by Leech to Labour council leader Richard Leese, described the policy as “social cleansing” and has been backed by more than 7,000 people.

Whilst speaking with Big Issue Vendors in Manchester, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable unleashed a heavily-worded warning aimed at Manchester Council.

Cable accused the Labour-run council of a “cruel and inhumane attempt to clean up Manchester’s streets.”


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