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Press Cycle 5 - New Government
#11
Unionists across the country, and particularly in Scotland, are rallying around the Conservative Party as the only political force in Britain that is truly prepared to fight for the future of our Union. That's because British people up and down this country see Caroline Blakesley's shoddy deal for what it is: a desperate power play that has exposed Labour's willingness to break their promises to the people. Labour spent the entire election campaign telling voters they were the party that truly cared about the Union. That the Strabane Agreement represented a betrayal on the party of the Conservatives. When all was said and done, however, and it was time for Labour to back up their words with actions, they showed the whole country that their support for the Union was nothing more than a useful election tool. Labour, and their equally complacent coalition rivals the Liberal Democrats, promised to support our Union, and then failed to do so when it really mattered. I will commend them for one thing, however: at least they're incredibly transparent in acknowledging the fact that they can't be trusted to keep their word.

Let's be clear about what awaits the British people under a Government led by Caroline Blakesley. Labour's new offer to the British people is this: a year of instability as they lead a Government propped up by 5 different parties, unending Brexit negotiations with no determined departure date, and a referendum on whatever deal is reached that will serve to cast even greater doubt and uncertainty on our country's future. The British people simply deserve better. They deserve a Government that will honor the results of the 2016 referendum, not one that is prepared to do its level best to negotiate a Brexit deal that will keep us trapped in the EU's customs union. They deserve leaders that remain true to their word, not politicians like Caroline Blakesley who have shown their willingness to abandon their promises without a second thought. And they deserve a Government that can deliver a prosperous and secure future for every British people, not one that is willing to see our Union destroyed and that has by their own admissions acknowledged they won't last barely one year. 

What is happening right now in Westminster is wrong. It is the political elite once again coming together doing everything they can to retain their grip on power, stop Brexit, and subvert the democratic will of the British people. Any MP worth their salt, regardless of their political affiliation, will stand up against this Coalition of Chaos and preserve our democracy.
William West MP - Conservative Party

Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
MP for Ribble Valley (2015 - )
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#12
The British people do deserve leadership that will honour the results of the 2016 referendum. And they're going to get it- from Labour. The Tories have had two chances where they came back to London, waving and priding themselves on having a deal- and that's not counting the other deals that they claim were going to pave the way to completing Brexit. And they failed. Miserably. Embarrassingly. To the point where one Prime Minister decided his only recourse was to call an election and then run off to a retirement home.

We've seen what happens when the Tories say they'll get Brexit done- they whine and pout and try to force their own views not just onto the people but onto Parliament. Together, with Labour and our partners, we'll have a deal that we can finally put to the British people... not something we have to pray we can get passed without people noticing or asking what's in it. Together, with Labour and our partners, we'll have a Brexit solution that doesn't tear apart our union like the last "deal" and its Strabane Surrender did.

On top of that, Labour is going to lead. The Tories want to talk about how they won the most seats- and they did. But our country is not about who "won the most seats" but who has the competence, the vision, and the leadership to put together a Government. Only Labour, with our partners, could do that. Only Labour, with our partners, can deliver what the voters said they wanted- cross-party collaboration to make sure all voices are represented on Brexit, rather than hitching our wagon to hate-mongering parties.

If the Tories were really mature and responsible and ready to lead, they would have gotten a majority of seats. If they were ready to lead this country as a coalition, they would have put one together. They couldn't, so it's on Labour to make things happen. And we will- we're going to uphold our manifesto. We're going to invest in this country, its people, and its businesses so that we can provide wealth and new opportunities. We're going to deliver Brexit. And when we stand before the people again, they'll see the clear difference: Labour can work together. Labour can lead. The Tories can't.
Alexander Milne MP
MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (2019-) | Labour
Chancellor of the Exchequer (2019-)
MP for Stirling (2010-2015)
Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury (2011-2015)
Media Unknown | Constituency Appeal | Campaigning Guru
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#13
I'm glad that Alexander Milne has decided to talk about what the British voters "want," because at this critical moment in our country's history it's worth remembering what the British people actually want out of their Parliament. The British people want Brexit done properly, they want their will done, and they want the country to finally be able to move forward. We know this because they voted to leave the European Union by historic proportions, returned the Conservative Party to Parliament with the most MPs, and handed the Conservatives a decisive victory in last month's European elections. Rather than attempting to do some subjective electoral math to make an inference about what the British people might want, I think we should focus on what they've actually voted for.

Do you know what the British people don't want? They don't want a Coalition of Chaos, built on a series of broken promises, that by the Prime Minister's own admission won't last longer than one year. They don't want a Frankenstein Government, that likely won't even be able to pass a budget let alone deliver a compelling domestic agenda that will drive the country forward. They don't want our country to remain in the European Union through the backdoor, a fate Labour openly advocates for by instating we remain perpetually trapped in the EU's customs union. They don't want to see our Union torn apart, an eventually that has become all the more likely by inviting the SNP into 10 Downing. 

We know what the British people want, because they've voted for it. They didn't vote for Labour, they didn't put their confidence in Caroline Blakesley, and they certainly didn't put their trust in a "Government" made up 5 different political parties that are only working together out of their mutual obsession with retaining power. Labour has no real mandate to lead, and they only find themselves in Government because of a coalition they were able to cobble together by breaking their manifesto commitments and throwing out the promises they made to the British electorate. Let me be clear: a Government built on selling out the British people and our Union is destined to fail.
William West MP - Conservative Party

Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
MP for Ribble Valley (2015 - )
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#14
"They won't likely even be able to pass a budget let alone deliver a compelling domestic agenda that will drive the country forward." I am going to save this quote and I suggest that the press and that all Britons do the same- because we're going to show the Tories that we can do this. We're going to lead where they couldn't even get a Brexit deal that could either (1) pass Parliament or (2) pass EU muster. That's actually a fact- and we're going to be leading.

Our legislative agenda and our statements in Parliament when it opens will make it clear: we're a coalition of leaders and a coalition of doers. The fact is that the last few months of Tory rule were the real chaos. Deals announced with individual countries without warning. Tories were rebelling against their own leaders that wanted to be the sole arbiter of what was a "good enough" Brexit. The legislative moves and changes are considered paltry at best- we'll have more coming, and it's proposals that our partners are willing to accept. I can see why the Tories consider that chaos- but to anyone else, they'll see the real progress when we are bringing forward a budget that works for people and the regions and not just the rich. When we're bringing about policies that are going to lead to higher wages and more job opportunities.

But this just proves yet again that when it comes to making sure there are parties that are showing they can work together and lead, the Tories aren't going to fit that bill. None of their arguments are sound- every time they claim something like Labour is going to agree to a referendum in Scotland, we show they're wrong. And now we're showing that we're going to deliver on our manifesto commitments rather than throw them out. I can't wait to be delivering the budget that will prove this latest argument wrong- that we can't get anything done. Together, we can. That was our slogan... and we're going to deliver.
Alexander Milne MP
MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (2019-) | Labour
Chancellor of the Exchequer (2019-)
MP for Stirling (2010-2015)
Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury (2011-2015)
Media Unknown | Constituency Appeal | Campaigning Guru
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#15
Before even delivering the Queen's Speech, Labour's Coalition of Chaos has made it very clear that their intent is to rip up the 2016 referendum and undermine the will of the British people. In announcing that Labour's Government will in fact legislate for a second referendum, Caroline Blakesley is forcing the British people to accept the false choice between her distorted version of Brexit or remaining in the European Union. When she finally released the Confidence & Supply agreement negotiated between Labour and the SNP, Caroline Blakesley revealed that her Government will only give the British people the choice between the Brexit deal she is able to negotiate or Britain remaining in the EU. In doing so, she is forcing the British people to either leave the EU on her terms, which will inevitably include forcing Britain to remain in a customs union, or to in fact remain a member of the EU. In 2016 the British people very clearly voted to leave the EU, yet Caroline Blakesley is forcing them to either take her deal or remain.

This false choice is an absolute miscarriage of our democracy. The fact that remaining in the EU is even on the table under Blakesley proposal shows that Labour never really believed in Brexit in the first place. Labour is implementing a second referendum, in contradiction to the will of the British people, and in order to ensure Britain remains in the EU through the backdoor. This is wrong, this is a violation of our democracy, and it is a disservice to the British people.
William West MP - Conservative Party

Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
MP for Ribble Valley (2015 - )
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#16
The current Parliament is ungovernable.  While I offer Caroline Blakesley congratulations on managing to wrangle her way into Number 10, I cannot imagine that she is going to be able to enact much of an agenda.  The new government is not only one failed Queen's Speech away from failure, it is also one resignation, one defection, one by-election, or one badly-timed bout of the flu away from collapse.  What we fundamentally have here is a caretaker administration unless some broader confidence and supply arrangement is worked out.  Even if the Government's ambition is only to last a year, I  question whether they can reasonably manage that.

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The new government is not a proper coalition in any sense.  It is a random rabble assembled with the sole purpose of thwarting a proper Brexit.  In seeking out an arrangement along such narrow lines, Caroline Blakesley has tossed aside any real mandate she might have wanted to claim and instead thrown together everyone she can this side of Sinn Fein in a polyamorous marriage of convenience.  The fact that it is based upon only offering the British people a butchered Brexit or remaining in the European Union simply makes the mess all the worse.
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#17
If the Conservatives are going to talk about the Minister for the Union, they should really look in their own back yard. They were willing, whilst in Government, to establish two borders between Northern Ireland and Ireland which would have represented the biggest threat to the United Kingdom in a generation. This is the party who orchestrated the infamous Strabane Sellout - only a chaotic Government who doesn't value the Union would compromise hundreds of years of close collaboration within our United Kingdom in the pursuit of an ill-informed withdrawal from the European Union. I say this to the Conservatives: those in glass houses should not throw stones. I ask you at home to judge us on our results because together, we can build a sustainable Government which acts in the interests of all within our union.

There may have been a change in leadership at the top of the Conservative Party, but I think it would be irresponsible of us to think this represents a big change in mentality. Let us not forget that Harold Saxon served as Deputy Prime Minister and according to a presumable 'sour' leak on election night, played a significant part in the campaign led by the former Prime Minister Will Croft. If he attempts to distance himself from this, he would be deceiving you since he would likely have been instrumental in constructing a deal which provided the greatest threat to our union in a generation. Harold Saxon is a leader who is not to be trusted. The Prime Minister has a track record of integrity, courage and passion for preserving our union and building a better country for all. Together, we can.
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Labour MP for Derby South
Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs
(Rumoured to have constituency appeal)
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#18
The fact is, the Conservatives have long been gambling with the union, so it's sadly not surprising seeing them use as a cheap political talking point yet again. After decades of nationalism being fuelled by misrule and arrogance from Westminster, years of Brexit brinkmanship and blundering from May, Croft, Saxon et al, the calamity of the Strabane setback, and a willingness to get back into government on the backs of parties opposed to the Good Friday Agreement, the Conservative plea to be viewed as the protectors of the Union is akin to Dracula asking to transport donated blood. So the best way to protect the Union is a progressive, environmentalist and internationalist government, and  to put the question of Brexit back to the people to ensure that the UK can take this step as one.

Protecting the Union requires a People's Vote. We have seen, through the calamitous threat of a crash out Brexit and the Strabane setback that would break apart the Union in all but name, that the Tories are willing to treat the Brexit vote as a blank cheque to do whatever they want to the Union. Such radical constitutional changes, such dramatic breaks to the fabric of the UK, can't be rammed through Parliament without an explicit democratic mandate, as the Tories propose to do. That would be an outrage. To protect the Union, we must secure a positive, meaningful mandate for any step forward.
Grant Smith
Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West (2005-present)

Media Unknown, Constituency Appeal, Campaign Organiser, Fundraiser Extraordinaire 
Previously: Sir Lachlan Domnhall Coinneach Duncan MacMahon; Graham Adiputera; I think I played some dull Labour bloke at one point
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#19
It's an honour to have been appointed as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Over the last decade or so, successive Tory Governments have let down Northern Ireland. Following the breakdown of power-sharing at Stormont, there was little to no support for restoring it from the Conservatives. A failure in leadership.  The Tory obsession with a no deal no win Brexit created a further challenge to Northern Ireland, threatening it becoming the only land border between the UK and EU. Their solution? Create not one but two borders; on land and again in the Irish sea. Wholly unacceptable.

It is because of these ongoing challenges that I want to make something very clear; this Government stands by the Good Friday Agreement. It was the Labour Party who brought the communities together to bring about lasting peace. It was the Labour Party who signed Good Friday into law and it is a bold, proud part of our heritage of unionism. As Labour worked with all communities in 1998, as Labour did so in 2002 and again in 2007, the Labour Party remains committed to that principle.

This Government commits to supporting, in whatever ways and means we can, the restoration of power-sharing in the Assembly and Executive.

This Government commits to ruling out the double border solution and a border in the Irish sea. 

As before, Labour in Government will deliver again for Northern Ireland.
James 'Jim' Kennedy MP
Home Secretary
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
MP for Wansbeck (2010-) | Labour and Cooperative
Traits: Media Darling, Backbench Favourite, Finite Resources
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#20
The Confidence and Supply agreement between the Government and the Scottish National Party tells us very little. All we know from this agreement released by the Cabinet Office on twitter is that the Scottish Nationalists will support the Government in return for additional investment in Scotland and a referendum on any withdrawal agreement has been agreed. Having looked through the agreement nowhere does it rule out a second independence referendum in Scotland, something Caroline Blakesley promised there was an agreement on in The Guardian newspaper. Now, my point is if you agree terms with a party you then document those terms in an agreement, so where is it in the agreement? If the Prime Minister is so sure that there will be no second independence referendum and this was agreed with the SNP then why is it not clearly stated in the Confidence and Supply agreement? This country needs answers, the Prime Minister needs to come forward with the truth.
Harold Saxon - Conservative and Unionist Party

Leader of The Opposition
Member of Parliament for North East Somerset
Deputy Prime Minister (February 2019 - June 2019)
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