Labour includes key manifesto pledges in new Queen's speech amendment

Henrietta Brewer
June 29, 2017

Earlier on, Conservative MP Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) said she differed from the DUP's "official party position issues of equality and women's rights" - though she praised the party's responsible attitude in supporting the Tory Government.

Instead of passing the amendment, MPs voted down the motion by 323 votes to 309.

What was Labour proposing?Jeremy Corbyn's party proposed scrapping the 1% cap on annual public sector pay rises, a restraint which has seen public sector wages lose value over the past four years.

"The Paris Agreement is irreversible and it is not negotiable", she said.

The RCN said the vote this afternoon would provide MPs with "the first opportunity to show they are listening" following yesterday's protest.

Labour's wide-ranging amendment also reproduces numerous policies in its manifesto and Mr Corbyn urged MPs of all sides to support it, claiming Mrs May had no mandate for continued austerity.

In a display of power following Mrs May's failure to win a Commons majority, at least 10 Conservative MPs were already publicly demanding that the pay restriction be eased. He said this is not a strong and stable administration and that it is spinning out of control, as the Government is able to find the money to fund Northern Ireland whilst cutting the pay teachers, nurses and policemen receive. And that would more than likely trigger another general election.

YouGov - who correctly predicted the outcome of the general election - found 43 per cent of the British public agree a socialist government make Britain a better place to live, compared to just 36 per cent who thought the opposite.

But May defended her party and the former coalition, arguing that the "the cladding of tower blocks began under the (Tony) Blair government" and that fire regulation checks had been amended as the result of a 2005 Labour government initiative. Speaker John Bercow called for the lobby to be emptied so that MPs could vote on the amendment.

Labour is also set to table an amendment calling on the government to reverse what the opposition describes as "falling living standards" in the United Kingdom, which includes greater action to tackle rising energy bills and stagnant wages.

Labour's Stella Creasy had tabled an amendment to the Queen's Speech calling for "adequate funding" to ensure free access to abortions in England. It could have been May's first parliamentary defeat since becoming prime minister. "At present women from Northern Ireland are asked for payment, and from now on it is our proposal that this will no longer happen", Equalities Minister Justine Greening said in a letter to MPs.

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