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.
This week in Parliament has been dominated by the Queen’s Speech debate. Having lost her majority with her badly timed election and disastrous campaign, Theresa May finds herself on a knife edge and in thrall to the DUP and her own backbenchers.
I was pleased to vote for all of Labour’s amendments to the Queen’s Speech. These were positive motions, backing a system that works for the many, not the few and based on the key concept that austerity has failed in both Blackburn and elsewhere.
The election showed that people are sick of cuts to public services. The Tories could have accepted that. They have drawn austerity to an end in Northern Ireland, but have rejected the opportunity to do so across the country.
I was able to question government ministers twice this week, first of all to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who I asked about what the government’s industrial strategy will do to bring prosperity to areas like Blackburn, where the average wage is below national average and well below the average in the Prime Minister’s constituency.
On Wednesday, I asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland about the desperate deal done with the DUP to keep Theresa May ensconced in Downing Street for a few more months. I and many others have genuine worries about the appearance of a conflict of interest in the deal.
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