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Press Cycle #13 - The Queen's Speech
#1
"What do you think of the Queen's Speech?"

This press cycle will be closed at 23:59 on the 08/03/18.

Remember to bolden the "tagline" of your statement. 
“Yes. It’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true. The bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies and… everybody lives happily ever after.”
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#2
The Queen's speech sets out a clear, visionary plan for our country and our economy - continuing John Smith's legacy, and building on it with a clear set of proposals to build a fairer Britain. Over the next year we will take forward legislation to create one million apprenticeships, reform our National Health Service to support the record investment we are making, and set out how we will halve child poverty by 2010 - all major issues on which the Opposition has been silent. This plan shows a Labour Government ready and able to deliver for this country - and shows us the kind of future Britain deserves.
Rt. Hon. Sean Manning MP

Chancellor of the Exchequer (2000 - )
Labour MP for Bristol East (1992 - )
Chief Secretary to the Treasury (1997 - 2000)
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#3
Since the last time we heard Her Majesty's speech from the throne, the Labour government have been woeful at getting anything done. Sure, they have managed to set several targets, reminiscent of a Soviet, but they've hardly managed to make a dent in the targets they have thus far set, and their legislative agenda has been minimal. Britain deserves a government that will actually make good on its promises and will propose substantive policy changes, not just targets to be achieved in the future.
George Edward Montcalm
Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield
Conservative and Unionist Party
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
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#4
The Queen's Speech is a mess. But don't just take my word for it: take the word of Cabinet Minister Harriet Roth who has come out swinging against her own government. What's clear is that the Labour government has massively overstepped its bounds, thinking that it's time is better spent tinkering with Parliament than working on an agenda that will benefit the people. No vision to reduce crime. No vision for economic sanity. The Finch government has lost its way, and it's great to see at least one member of the cabinet agrees with me.
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The Queen's Speech is a bold and effective plan for the United Kingdom and despite what the Tories are saying, it is a clear set of goals and policies which this government is proposing over the course of this parliament. Harold Saxon and the Tories are a brilliant opposition party as will be shown over the course of the debate on the Queen's Speech - they prove the old adage of George Tierney right - that the opposition's function is to oppose everything and propose nothing. While this government is building on the great legacy of John Smith and striving to create a better Britain for all - the Tories are sitting on the side-lines heckling, while providing no real concrete policies besides the wagging of their finger and saying 'don't do that'. At the last election the British public voted for bold, decisive and active leadership - and this Queen's Speech proves that only Labour can offer such leadership.
James Keating | Labour
Member of Parliament for Bootle (1974-present)
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Real Ale
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Belinda MacDonald has emerged from apparent hiding to sing the praises of the Queen's Speech. It's good to see her, and to have an opportunity to show how wrong she is. She says the British public voted for "bold, decisive and active" leadership. Under two un-elected Prime Ministers, Labour has managed to pass two bills and a budget—hardly an active government. What's decisive about lazing about? This Queen's Speech is radical in what it promises: the British people did not give Labour a mandate for constitutional tinkering. The Prime Minister must walk back this disastrous policy, or seek a mandate from the people to make it a reality.
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The Queen's Speech presents a bold vision for the United Kingdom. Dissenters are expected in politics and this Government will just get on with doing its job - which is Governing in the interests of all the British people. Not for the bosses of oil companies or the richest in society - this Labour Government always acts in the interests of the greater good and we perform the most vital function of Government the best - defending its people.
Hon. Charles Trenython MP | Conservative Party
Member of Parliament for Staffordshire South (1987-present)
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#8
The Prime Minister says the Labour Government are acting in the interests of the greater good, it's clear Harriet Roth doesnt agree. When he is referring to the dissenters he clearly means the Transport Secretary, it is clear we have a Prime Minister leading a Government that is not bound by collective responsibility, how can we trust this Prime Minister to lead when he can't even unite his cabinet?
James Allen

MP for Leeds Central

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#9
The Queen's Speech is a progressive, welcome agenda, but our government can afford to be more radical. Our government has a progressive agenda supported by the party, despite the claims of the Leader of the Opposition, and we are more than excited to enact our long overdue legislation. We are fighting for the worst off in our society in closing the gender pay gap, fighting for full employment, and abolishing the homophobic Section 28. There are, as always, voices on the backbenches calling for the government to be more radical, but as one of those voices I can confirm that the government has my wholehearted support in passing this Queen's Speech. Though the Leader of the Opposition likes to play the broken record of "division," it is his party that has divided society and divided the country, and it is our party that is going about fixing it.
Barbara Bond, Labour Party
Member of Parliament, Edinburgh South, 2015 - present
General Secretary, UNISON, 2005 - 2014

“Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement.” - Lenin
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This Queen's Speech is a triumph for Britain as a leader in the World. Whilst the Conservatives would seek to alienate Britain on the global stage, driving away our European friends and politicising our Special Relationship, the Labour Party led by Callum Axon will see Britain renewed and taking leadership to a whole new level. Whilst the Tories let ideology dominate reality this Government is firmly grounded in the realm of facts and results based thinking. We will wait before we deliver a verdict of the Euro to ensure that the best possible decision can be taken, we will maintain high defence spending and we will build up our international missions to ensure that we are a leading light for the World to follow. That is what leadership looks like, not the meek opportunism displayed by the Leader of the Opposition.
The Rt Hon Sir Dylan Macmillan MP
MP for Bedfordshire Mid (1983-Present)

Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition (1992-Present)
Secretary of State for Energy 1987-1990

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The Foreign Secretary says that the government bases its decisions on evidence and facts. So I'm sure the government will be able to answer this simple question: with whom did they consult on the evidence that an elected Senate is best for Britain? I suspect the answer is they had a quick chat after cabinet -- and not everyone was involved, given how many Labour MPs are revolting against the government's agenda. This Queen's Speech is a farce. Instead of passing the motion to adopt the speech, the House should instead pass a motion apologising to Her Majesty for having embarrassed her by having her deliver such a terrible agenda. 
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The Queen's Speech is a shining example of how corrupt this Government actually are. The Government have no mandate to reform the House of Lords in this manner, no mandate to replace it with a Senate of the Nations - there is no manifesto commitment that has been voted for in an election that includes this, they are on their second unelected Prime Minister, they have refused to debate alternatives and even their cabinet is divided on it. 
MP For Hexham 1987 -
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The Queen's Speech is meant to be a programme that the entire Labour Party can get behind. With a cabinet resignation and rumours of a second cabinet member threatening to resign it's evident the whole party cannot get behind this Government and this Prime Minister and back the Queens Speech. To put it simply, a divided Government is a weak Government, this Prime Minister has managed to prove he leads a weak Government to the electorate following the events of the past few days. 

 

The Conservatives will oppose this Queens Speech due to its terrible agenda and this Government's lack of vision. Even members of the Prime Minister's own party have openly criticised the agenda, with some stating how they cannot support the Government's plans on the senate.

This Prime Minister has seen a member of his cabinet resign, his own Deputy marred by a scandal and with rumours of a second cabinet minister threatening to resign things just aren't getting any better for this Prime Minister. 

There is one message that this Prime Minister has managed to deliver to the electorate, the fact that he is weak, weak, weak. 
James Allen

MP for Leeds Central

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Press Cycle closed.
“Yes. It’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true. The bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies and… everybody lives happily ever after.”
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Labour: 20
 
The QS got a little bit difficult for you – and it showed. I think one problem was you didn’t go in there to really trumpet your agenda – when you did, it was effective, but whilst some may accuse the Tories of getting a bit too caught up in personality politics, you follow in the Tories’ lead and get a bit too caught up on what the Tories are or could say. If the Opposition are making you change your tune, they’re doing something right.
 
Conservatives: 30
 
Really savage attacks that went for the jugular and were effective. Just make sure to look a bit measured sometimes – comparing the govt to Soviets and also some of the claims made towards the end of the press cycle are a bit dramatic! Also, as usual, more explicit policy over personality critiques (not that I’d say avoid the latter completely, it’s politics!) would’ve went a long way.
 
Belinda MacDonald: “Harold Saxon and the Tories are a brilliant opposition party as will be shown over the course of the debate on the Queen’s Speech – they prove the old adage of George Tierney right – that the opposition’s function is the oppose everything and propose nothing.” MacDonald comes out of the woodwork! … Just before her scandal blows up and stings her reputation tenfold… Owch. But have an influence point, this quote really effectively sums up where the Tory Party are lacking.
 
Barbara Bond: “Though the Leader of the Opposition likes to play the broken record of “division,” it is his party that has divided society and divided the country, and it is our party that is going about fixing it.” And so does this one. More importantly, though, Bond is giving an effective left wing voice to the government – boy do they need it right now, considering there’s been many accusations of disunity.
 
Harold Saxon: “There is one message that this Prime Minister has managed to deliver to the electorate, the fact that he is weak, weak, weak.” This is the personal attack you need to make more (albeit rare), linking it to governance and to how it is relevant to the British people. Out of all the Tories’ attacks this press round, this hurt the most.
“Yes. It’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true. The bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies and… everybody lives happily ever after.”
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