Watch live as MPs debate government agenda set out in Queen’s Speech
Labor MPs have criticized the government for a lack of strategy in tackling the cost of living crisis in today’s Queen’s speech.
MP Zarah Sultana spoke out against the measures laid out at the State Opening of Parliament, saying the government has failed to “outline any plans to solve” the “biggest fall of living standards since records began”.
She added that the speech “shows the Tories don’t have a clue what life is like for ordinary people”.
Meanwhile, Sir Keir Starmer told the Commons that the Government had to face up to the cost-of-living crisis and the challenge of a stagnating economy to “get Britain growing again”.
The Labor leader said: “If the Tories had simply matched Labour’s record on growth in government, people would have had higher incomes, boosting public finances and we could have spent £40 billion more on public services without having to raise a single tax.”
Instead, he said, the UK was forecast to have the slowest growth in the G7 apart from Russia in the next year, and its public services were suffering.
Prime minister says the government will have ‘fiscal firepower to help families’ after 2024
Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested that, after 2024, the Government will have “the fiscal firepower to help families up and down the country”.
He added: “My right honorable friend the Chancellor and I will be saying more about this in the days to come. But at the same time as we help people, we need the legislative firepower to fix the underlying problems in energy supply, in housing, in infrastructure and in skills which are driving up costs for families across the country.
“And this Queen’s Speech takes those issues head on. And above all, we are tackling the economic challenges with the best solution of all and that is an ever growing number of high wage, high skill jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs.
“And we drive up employment by creating the right platform for business to invest, making our streets safer, 20,000 more police, creating a healthier population, 50,000 more nurses, funding the NHS to help them clear the Covid backlogs and giving the confidence that people know that they will be looked after in old age by fixing social care.
“Delivering gigabit broadband, giving the remotest parts of the country have the access that they need, and using our Brexit freedoms to enable revolutionary technologies like gene editing to help our farmers grow more nutritious and more productive crops.
“And it’s that combination of public and private sector together that is tackling unemployment with half a million people more on the payroll now before the pandemic began.”
Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 15:45
Prime minister calls Starmer the ‘leader of the opposition of the moment’
Boris Johnson is met with cheers in the Commons as he repeatedly calls Sir Keir Starmer “the leader of the opposition of the moment” as a jibe against the latter’s Beergate allegations.
Read more about the Labor leader’s Beergate scandal and how it differs from Partygate:
Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 15:40
Prime minister says despite aftershocks of pandemic still being felt, Britain will be fastest-growing economy in G7 by 2024
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK will be again the fastest-growing economy in the G7 by 2024.
He added: “As we come to the halfway point of this Parliament, this country has seen off the biggest challenge any post-war government has faced, but the cost of the pandemic has been huge with the biggest fall in output for 300 years that necessary government expenditure of £400 billion and the aftershocks are still being felt across the world with a global spike in energy prices, the impact we are seeing on the cost of food, and it’s precisely because this Government got the big calls right and made the tough decisions during the pandemic that we had the fastest economic growth in the G7 last year and will return to that status by the way by 2024.”
Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 15:37
Labor leader thanks Queen for her ‘commitment to public duty’
Sir Keir Starmer earlier paid tribute to the Queen, telling MPs: “Her dedication to Britain has been a reassuring constant in an ever-changing world, her commitment to public duty a reminder of the responsibilities we all owe each other, her dignity and her leadership an inspiration to all of us.
“She will forever have all of our thanks for 70 years of service to our country. We all wish her well.”
He added: “I also want to congratulate the Prime Minister, he’s achieved a new first, the first resident of Downing Street to be a constituent of a Labor council. I’m sure they will serve him well.”
Sir Keir also thanked the mover and seconder of the Queen’s Speech, noting how Fay Jones could be an “iron lady in the making” after her exploits in completing an “ironman” race.
Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 15:29
Prime minister pays tribute to late Sir David Amess
Boris Johnson has paid tribute to late Sir David Amess as he said time will not ‘diminish the shock’ of his death.
Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 15:26
Tory MPs jeer at Keir Starmer over police probe ‘karma from a korma’
Conservatives jeered at Sir Keir Starmer over the so-called Beergate saga, as a Tory MP joked that the Labor leader was suffering from “karma” over his Partygate attacks.
Backbencher Graham Stuart put the boot into over the Durham Police probe over the takeaway curry eaten at a Labor event – telling Starmer “the only thing opening up for him in the north is a police investigation”.
Mr Stuart also joked that “never in the history of human conflict has so much karma come from a korma”, prompting further laughter from the Tory benches.
The MP added said: “Free beer and cash were the electoral controversies then, as opposed to saying, beer and curry today.”
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Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 15:24
‘Get Britain growing again,’ Labor leader tells Commons
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has warned of a “stagflation crisis” as he insists the nation needs Labor to “get Britain growing again”.
He said: “The first great challenge our country faces is the cost-of-living crisis. Inflation stands at 7% and rising. Household bills have gone up by hundreds of pounds, the cost of the weekly shop has rocketed and people are seeing their wages run out much earlier in the month and the value of their savings fall.
He added: “This Government’s failure to grow the economy over a decade combined with its inertia in the face of spiraling bills means that we are staring down the barrel of something we haven’t seen in decades, a stagflation crisis.”
He accused the Government of “complacency” saying it was “best summed up by a Prime Minister whose response to the crisis was to make fun of those that were worrying about inflation”.
Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 15:22
Labor leader says ‘times are tougher than they should be’ under Tory leadership
“Never before people have been asked to pay so much for so little,” Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has said in his criticism of the Conservatives.
He said: “Times are hard but they’re much tougher than they should be.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, we find a new place in the world outside the European Union and transition to a carbon-neutral economy, our country faces great challenges, but at the same time great opportunities are within our reach.
“We can rebuild stronger, learning where our society and services need more resilience. We can do more than just ‘get Brexit done’, we can ensure Britain is in the best position to thrive outside of the European Union. And we can lead the world in zero-carbon industries, generating high-skilled, high-wage jobs across the country.
“But for that to happen we need a Government of the moment with the ideas that meet the aspirations of the British public.
“This thin address bereft of ideas or purpose, without a guiding principle or a road map for delivery shows just how far this Government is from that – too out of touch to meet the challenges of the moment, too tired to grasp the opportunities of the future, their time has passed.”
Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 15:19
Starmer says UK economy set to grow slower in future if Tory remains in power
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has criticized the ‘slow growth of economy’ under Tory leadership. He said: “Where there should have been support, there has been tax rise after tax rise” adding Britian is “the only country in the G7 to do so”.
He said: “Over 12 years of Tory government, the economy has grown far slower than when Labor was in power and it is set to go far slower in coming years.”
Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 15:17
Starmer faces jibes over Beergate allegations
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer faced jibes over the Beergate scandal as the Commons debate on the Queen’s Speech began.
As Graham Stuart, Conservative MP for Beverley and Holderness, spoke about the history of his constituency’s electoral controversies, he said: “Free beer and cash were the electoral controversies then, as opposed to say, beer and curry today.
“Never Mr Speaker, never, in the history of human conflict has so much karma come from a korma.”
Mr Stuart also spoke about being one of the only Tories to win a seat from Labor in the North when he was first elected, adding: “The leader of the opposition must wish it was so today. Instead the only thing opening up for him in the North is a police investigation.”
The former minister also gave advice to the “young thrusters” of the Conservative front benches, telling them: “Enjoy any department you are in and value it for itself not just as a stepping stone for something else.
“After all, as I discovered last September, you never know when you will prematurely be on the back benches again.”
Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 15:09