This week in Parliament, Kate has been representing Blackburn in Parliament, championing constituents inside and outside of the debate chamber. Events in Westminster have been in the headlines, and Kate and the Labour Party have been standing up for ordinary people.
For the entire election campaign, Theresa May demanded a mandate based on herself. She’s been denied that mandate entirely. Without the numbers to guarantee it, her Queen’s speech may not even last the week.
Quite a turnaround since last month. She may have imagined that Wednesday would be the coronation of Empress May. Instead, she forced an unnecessary election on the country to find out that, under scrutiny, her ideas and her persona were not what the country wanted.
She thought she would be welcoming back a horde of new Conservative MPs. Instead, she has been greeted by a restive and shell-shocked Conservative party that is appalled at her manifest failures as a leader but too scared to face the electorate again.
As Jeremy Corbyn observed, the proposals brought forward in the Queen’s speech would be a thin programme for a government for one year. For a two year programme, it is simply laughable.
It’s also nothing like her manifesto. Every Labour voter has played a part in forcing the Tories to ditch grammar schools, fox hunting and the dementia tax. However, we must be vigilant and make sure the Tories don’t try and sneak these policies in the back door.
The Tories have no answers to the challenges ahead. For years they have put party before country. This is a government with a very short shelf life. I and my colleagues from the Labour Party will scrutinise each and every proposal, and will do our best to bring about another election so our brilliant manifesto can be put into practice.
Are you a constituent experiencing difficulty or do you have a cause you wish to raise? You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0125452317 or write to Kate Hollern, Richmond Chambers, Richmond Terrace, Blackburn, BB1 7AS