Election 2017: North Norfolk Liberal Democrat candidate Norman Lamb’s anger over PM snub

PUBLISHED: 20:01 07 June 2017 | UPDATED: 20:43 07 June 2017

Norman Lamb. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Norman Lamb. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Archant Norfolk 2015

The prime minister has been accused of “treating people with contempt” after ignoring an invitation to discuss the so-called “dementia tax”.

North Norfolk candidate Norman Lamb sent an open letter to Theresa May asking her to meet him when she visited Norfolk during the campaign to explain the Conservatives’ plans for social care.

Mr Lamb, who is locked in a close battle to retain his seat against Tory James Wild, wanted to quiz Mrs May on what level the cap will be set at, whether it will include accommodation costs, interest rates and arrangement fees, and why the Conservative Party has abandoned the £72,000 cap on costs pledged by the Coalition Government.

He said: “Theresa May had an opportunity to meet with me as the minister who originally introduced the cap on care costs. She owes it to people to explain her disgraceful abandonment of the £72,000 cap that the Conservatives previously committed to implementing. Instead, she has shied away from her responsibility and surrounded herself with activists during her visit to Norfolk. Vital questions now remain unanswered.

“The Conservative candidate claims that he will stand up for North Norfolk, but is already treating people with contempt by failing to challenge his party’s damaging proposals which would see people older hit with punitive care bills.

“How can anyone be confident that he will stand up for local people in Brexit negotiations, when he is happy for them to be left not knowing what protection they will have against crippling care costs? I find it simply extraordinary.”

Meanwhile Lib Dem leader Tim Farron closed his campaign urging people to vote tactically to stop a Tory landslide.

He said: “We are saying to people in areas where you know the Liberal Democrats are the main challengers, as we seek to minimise Theresa May’s majority, then backing the Liberal Democrats is a powerful way that you can send a message that she does not have a blank cheque to bring in the dementia tax, cut the police and do the damage that she is going to do to our health service.”

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