Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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The Queen's Speech - Labour reaction

Whatever claims David Cameron is trying to make about the Queen’s Speech he can’t hide from the truth. The record of his Tory Government is one of undermining social justice and standing up for the wrong people and this Queen’s Speech showed no sign of a different approach.

Under Jeremy Hunt the NHS is falling into crisis. Tory cuts to social care are piling even more pressure onto our NHS. Patients are suffering longer waits with over three million people on the English waiting list. It is harder to see your GP, and hospitals are understaffed and facing financial crisis.

Under George Osbourne the economy is fragile. He has failed to address the fundamental weaknesses in our economy: productivity, lack of investment in skills and infrastructure. He has failed to support key industries like construction and manufacturing, and failed to tackle regional inequalities.

Under David Cameron the housing crisis is showing no signs of improvement. In fact it is getting worse. Rents are soaring, home ownership is falling every year, and house-building is at its lowest peacetime rate since the 1920s.

Labour’s fresh approach would be to deliver a Queen’s Speech which builds an economy that works for all and protects the public services we rely on. An economy that delivers prosperity and security not just for those at the top. We would get the deficit down fairly and invest to create a modern economy that delivers long term growth. Our Queen’s Speech would have at its heart the NHS, plans to invest and join up services from home to hospital with a properly integrated health and social care service. It would address the housing crisis and show how we would support working people by investing in new affordable homes to rent and buy.

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