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Empty speech from an empty vessel

Theresa May made the Queen read an empty speech today. The speech was supposed to set out the Government’s agenda for two years despite May not having a majority or mandate for one.

After seven year as Home Secretary and Prime Minister, Theresa May is showing she has learned nothing from losing her majority and is out of tune with voters’ wishes. On 8th June voters rejected her hardline approach to Brexit and to more austerity. Today’s speech shows May wishes to continue with both.

A grubby and uncertain pact with the DUP to try and deliver a disastrous Brexit won’t wash with voters. The speech also covered some Brexit plans but also claimed our economy will be ‘strengthened´ and that the UK will attract further investment – despite the Bank of England warning yesterday that Brexit will make all of us worse off. It will be harder to attract investment outside the EU and companies in Southwark are already disinvesting or expanding elsewhere in the EU sadly. The Government should be listening and not risking further damage.  

The Tories did not win a majority on 8th June after seven years of austerity. Southwark has lost out heavily in those seven years – police cuts, long delays to seeing GPs and in hospital waiting times, a national drop in home ownership and huge cuts to our council. May wants to continue with this agenda. The speech today includes very few Bills but managed to announce plans to push ahead with vicious school cuts which could cost Southwark schools £5 million and court closures that risk denying even more people access to justice.

May has learned nothing from her rejection by voters. She is an empty vessel Prime Minister with yesterday’s agenda and no guarantee she has a tomorrow. I hope her Government’s speech is defeated next week. 

Empty speech from an empty vessel

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Thank you!

On 8th June more than half of all the voters in Bermondsey and Old Southwark chose me and Labour. I am hugely grateful and proud for the continued support and for the overwhelming result: a vote for the positive, transformative agenda Labour offered and trust in me to keep my promises.

There are so many people to thank but all those who gave an hour, a day or more to the campaign have made such a difference. We knew we could win but the hours of campaigning made such a difference. There were many people who volunteered for the first time - and I hope enjoyed it!

My young team stepped up to the plate and delivered a professional, positive campaign based on my track record of reaching 30,000 people in two years and a positive offer on housing, policing and education. My caseworkers deliver results daily and work their socks off for the local people who need my support.

After seven years of Tory and Lib Dem cuts and damage to Southwark, local people overwhelmingly voted for something different. 53% voted for something better and more positive and helped me almost triple the majority I won in 2015. An incredible result and one for which I am proud.

I will keep working hard for our community and will continue to keep my promise. Thank you once again for the privilege of serving our brilliant part of London.

Thank you!

  Thank you! On 8th June more than half of all the voters in Bermondsey and Old Southwark chose me and Labour. I am hugely grateful and proud for the...

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