Warrington MP criticises Queen's Speech plans from Government

Helen Jones MP

Helen Jones MP

First published in News

HELEN Jones MP has criticised the Government’s plan for the year after details were unveiled in the Queen’s Speech.


The Warrington North MP said it was ‘thin on ides, thin on ambition and thin on policies’.


The Labour politician said: “This was an opportunity missed. Instead of setting out a clear direction for the country the government have produced a Queen’s Speech thin on ideas, ambition and policy.

“After four years in government the Tory Lib Dem coalition has run out of steam.


“People here in Warrington tell me that they are concerned about earning enough to make ends meet, paying their energy bills, getting on the housing ladder and affording decent childcare. The Queen’s Speech fails to deal with these issues. People deserve better.

“Labour would make work pay by rewarding hard work with a higher minimum wage, freeze energy bills until 2017 while we reform the energy market, build much needed homes and stop local workers’ wages being undercut by banning recruitment agencies that only use overseas workers.


“Britain needs a change of direction and the Queen’s Speech fails to meet that challenge.“

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2:16pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Brick Bazooka says...

“Labour would make work pay by rewarding hard work with a higher minimum wage."

How do Labour plan to assess each working individual and reach a decision whether they have "worked hard" that day to reach "a higher minimum wage."?

Or.... if you mean to simply increase the minimum wage for all then simply say that. Even though that still could damage the economy.

You can't increase minimum wage (a wage designed for non skilled) without increasing a wage designed for skilled employees otherwise you might as well scrap low level further education too.

Bringing VAT back down to 17.5% would be fairer for all instead. But I think the Conservatives are already planning that?
“Labour would make work pay by rewarding hard work with a higher minimum wage." How do Labour plan to assess each working individual and reach a decision whether they have "worked hard" that day to reach "a higher minimum wage."? Or.... if you mean to simply increase the minimum wage for all then simply say that. Even though that still could damage the economy. You can't increase minimum wage (a wage designed for non skilled) without increasing a wage designed for skilled employees otherwise you might as well scrap low level further education too. Bringing VAT back down to 17.5% would be fairer for all instead. But I think the Conservatives are already planning that? Brick Bazooka
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