The Queen’s Speech 2017 – there’s little in it, and even less for Plymouth
Expectations were already low for the Queen’s speech. Since Theresa May’s election backfired she no-longer has enough Conservative MPs to push through her manifesto.
The document is supposed to cover 2 years of work but barely covered a side of A4. As I sat with the other Labour MP’s in the Chamber, I saw Jeremy Corbyn mouth to our side, “There’s nothing in it.”
The main headlines were on Brexit, but nothing stood out as helping Plymouth businesses and individuals plan for life outside the EU. That’s why my Plymouth Brexit Summit, which will be held within my first 100 days is vital for our city. Parliament is not looking out for Plymouth so we need to send them a clear message about what Plymouth needs from these Brexit negotiations.
In the speech were pledges to support for high-speed rail and HS2. But there was nothing to upgrade our precarious South West train line, which is vital if Plymouth is going to continue to grow and attract firms for business.
I was pleased that Theresa May listened to calls from myself and other and there will be a full public inquiry into the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower. She was right to apologise for the failings of local and national government in responding to the victims of the fire, yet there was no promise to implement the findings of the last inquiry into a Tower Block fire. It is no good holding an inquiry unless we learn from it and put in place legislation to prevent it happening again.
On our NHS and Police there was no promise of additional funding. Recent events have shown how our public services are being stretched to breaking point, often held together by the goodwill of those working in them.
What this speech made clear was that although public have shown they do not support the Tory manifesto they are sticking with their policies of cuts and more cuts.
This Queen’s speech was incredibly thin, thin on ceremony and thin on substance. There was nothing in there to make the lives, of the people I represent in Plymouth, better. It’s not right the Tories are willing to give billions to Northern Ireland to appease the 10 MP’s of the DUP, while ignoring the 50 MP’s in the South West.
Things have got to change. Plymouth should have its fair share and I will fight to get Plymouth’s voice heard. I will always put Plymouth first and that’s why I will be voting against the Queen’s Speech.