£1.5bn to prop up ‘out of ideas’ May

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews -

Lis­ten­ing to last week’s Queen’s speech, it is clear Theresa May is a prime min­is­ter un­der pres­sure and out of ideas.

It was a leg­isla­tive pro­gramme that was more no­table for the things that were left out than the things that were put in.

Gone are the un­pop­u­lar poli­cies of the Con­ser­va­tive man­i­festo such as scrap­ping the pen­sion triple lock and end­ing free school meals in Eng­land.

There was no men­tion of gram­mar schools, the con­tro­ver­sial ‘de­men­tia-tax’ or plans to hold a free vote on fox hunt­ing.

Once again, the Tories have found them­selves on the wrong side of one of their own elec­tion slo­gans.

As the Chan­cel­lor shook the “magic money tree”, we learned that the true cost of keep­ing Theresa May in a job will be £1.5 bil­lion.

That in­vest­ment for North­ern Ire­land is wel­come, but if the Con­ser­va­tives pro­fess to be a gov­ern­ment for the whole of the United King­dom, it is time they start act­ing like it by free­ing up in­vest­ment for Scot­land, Eng­land and Wales.

If money can be found to keep the gov­ern­ment in power, it can also be found to re­verse the pol­i­tics of aus­ter­ity that have im­pacted on our com­mu­ni­ties for far too long.

As the Con­ser­va­tive man­i­festo fades into ir­rel­e­vance, it is Labour un­der Jeremy Cor­byn’s lead­er­ship that con­tin­ues to of­fer the only op­por­tu­nity for pro­gres­sive change across the whole of the UK.

I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with my Labour col­leagues in this par­lia­ment to stand up for that pro­gres­sive change and to fight this con­stituency.

In a busy first few weeks, I have had the plea­sure of ad­dress­ing Ed­in­burgh Pride, at­tend­ing ‘Live at Livvies’ in Blan­tyre and Sum­mer­fest in Cam­bus­lang.

This week­end, I will be hold­ing ad­vice surg­eries and join­ing Mon­ica Len­non MSP and the lo­cal com­mu­nity in Hill­house to host a Marie Curie Tea Party raising vi­tal funds for the char­ity.

In th­ese tur­bu­lent po­lit­i­cal times, it is al­ways in­spir­ing to meet so many peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about their causes and com­mu­ni­ties and I hope to con­tinue meet and hear from as many lo­cal peo­ple as I can.

That is why, over the sum­mer, I will be join­ing James Kelly MSP in writ­ing to res­i­dents across Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang to of­fer ev­ery house­hold a joint home visit.

I hope it will be a good op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal peo­ple to share views and con­cerns and to demon­strate my com­mit­ment to be­ing an open and ac­ces­si­ble MP and I look for­ward to hear­ing more about the pri­or­i­ties of peo­ple in the two towns to help shape and in­form the work I do for our area in par­lia­ment and in the com­mu­nity.

Old foesTheresa May and Jeremy Cor­byn be­fore last week’s Queen’s speech to par­lia­ment

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