Yesterday I spoke in the Queen’s Speech debate on ‘A bright future for the next generation.’
Even before the pandemic, we needed to transform Britain – we had 5.7 million people in low-paid or insecure work and 4.2 million children growing up in poverty, class sizes were at their highest for 20 years, one in seven adults were unable to get the social care that they need, and we had one of the worst levels of regional inequality in Europe. Shockingly, life expectancy had also stalled, for the first time in a century. Coronavirus has only further exposed the consequences of Government decisions over the last ten years.
Now is the time for a transformative agenda to rebuild Britain’s foundations after a decade of neglect and a year of national sacrifice. Unfortunately, this Queen’s Speech has missed the opportunity to do this, focussing instead on imagined culture war battles and new laws to suppress voter turnout. #QueensSpeech