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Press Cycle 5 - New Government
#1
What do you make of this new Government?

Deadline is 23:59 on the 22nd of April
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#2
What does the new Government mean for Wansbeck? It means a Government that listens.

Many people across the North East and particularly in my constituency voted to change our relationship with the European Union in 2016. What they didn't vote for was a Government that would create not one but two borders within our country. They didn't vote for a Government who would sell the Union. They certainly didn't vote for the economic repercussions of a bad deal. 

What my constituency, the North East and the whole country now has is a Government that is good for the whole union. Grown-up parties working together, led by the Labour Party. More investment in Scotland, as per Labour's manifesto. No extra borders in Northern Ireland. A withdrawal agreement that works. No deal no win Brexit off the table. And most crucially; a democratic opportunity to say yes or no to the deal offered.

At the last election, 55% of this country voted for a chance to say yes or no to any Brexit deal. The Tories were willing to pick sides in Northern Ireland and break the Union with extra borders to try to rob the country of that chance. Labour have said, no way; the people are getting a say.

The new Labour-led Government means a Government that listens.
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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#3
I couldn't be more proud of this Government. The Tories, with their sour grapes mentality, are going to do what they can to bring it down, but the newest Prime Minister makes it clear: this is a deal that allows Labour to lead where the Tories have failed. For almost ten years we've seen austerity keep investment down and force tough decisions, especially in the North and in my native Scotland. For almost ten years we've seen a "recovery" that rewards shareholders in the South but that has kept wages flat and forced workers to take on more hours or more jobs with little to show for it. And for the last few years we've seen the Tories completely unable to complete Brexit like they promised, with failed deal after failed deal. The Labour Government and the deals we've made will allow for Britain to move on from the nearly-ten-year stain of Tory mismanagement and failure.

Our agreement with parties like the SNP and Plaid is necessary- it's necessary because the people of the UK voted overwhelmingly for new leadership, for new thoughts, and for new policies that will help improve the United Kingdom rather than improve the balance sheets of London financial firms or stockholders in the South. We'll use this time to complete Brexit and to reshape how our economy works to bring greater wealth and prosperity foor the people who have been left behind by Tory policies. We'll do this to reform our welfare programs to give them the boost they need. We'll expand funding in the NHS. We'll provide the people with a chance to review our Brexit deal and choose whether it lives up to what they were voting for in the referendum in 2016. And yes, we needed the SNP to help do this- that's how our great parliamentary democracy works.

But in every instance where we made a deal, we did it to further what Labour promised in our manifesto- greater opportunities for all, better benefits for those that need, and secure ad stable public services that don't have to wither under Tory policies. We're building a stronger United Kingdom together. And it's Labour that's going to lead the way with our new partners.
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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#4
For the first time since 2010, Labour is finally back in Government. This means an end to Tory complacency, austerity and self-centred Governance for the chosen few. At the latest election, the British people delivered a clearer mandate than ever that they want a say in how our relationship with is formed with 55% of you at home advocating for a peoples vote; a clearer percentage than the referendum alone!

For a party who contain 'unionist' in their full name, the Conservative Party have firmly shown they are not keen on preserving it, the Strabane Sellout was surely one of their darkest days. We as a party are absolutely clear: our union is not for sale. Under the Conservative Government, the UK would be broken up and establish a border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, acting as a barrier for trade and laying the foundations for unrest in the region and would remove an agreement which has been in place for centuries. This would put the security and economic prosperity of many if not all in Northern Ireland at risk. All of this was the Conservatives acting in their own interests to try and win votes. A Labour Government does not put party above country and will endeavour to work in the interests of everyone in the whole of the United Kingdom.

The aim of the newly formed Government will be bringing the country back from years of misgovernment, misdirection and bad judgement. Together, with the British people, we form an agenda which means we work with our international partners, old and new, reform our welfare system to provide help to those who need it most and provide much-needed investment in the NHS. Together, we can build a sustainable future for all corners of the United Kingdom.
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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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#5
Labour repeated and repeated the claim throughout the election campaign that they were a party committed to the Union, promising the people of Scotland that they would reject the SNP and quote, "defeat" them and "stand up for the best interests of the United Kingdom." We can see now what that was: a cynical bid for power which has resulted in the greatest sell-out of our times: a capitulation to nationalism. The minute Caroline Blakesley got a snifter at power she decided, like her deputy did before her, to throw all of the principles she claims to hold deeply out the window to have a go at being Prime Minister. It's a cynical and selfish political game which does nothing for the people of this country and only creates more uncertainty. This new 

Within the details of the contract with the SNP that Labour has signed up to, there is a clear admission from them that they know this government will not last. The agreement lasts for only a year, meaning that if this rickety government lasts to the end of that year, which is a big if, Labour will be at the beck and call of the nationalists. Caroline Blakesley may now be Prime Minister, but she holds that role in name only: with no majority and the nationalists breathing down her neck, she will soon find her position untenable. When this government inevitably falls, the Conservatives will be waiting, as the biggest party in Parliament, to take the reins of government and get us out of this uncertainty and delay.
Julia Goldman
Shadow Secretary of State for Scoltand
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Growth
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
Member of Parliament for Dumfries and Galloway (2019 - present)
Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Media Darling/Campaigning Guru/Socially Unaware
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#6
In 2016 the British people voted for Brexit. In the General Election, the British people voted to return the Conservatives as the single largest party. And in last month's European elections, the British people to give the Conservatives a decisive victory. What the British people have never voted for, however, is a radically anti-Brexit Labour-led Government propped up by the separatist SNP, bound together by their mutual determination to ignore the popular will of the British people. Caroline Blakesley can attempt to spin this as hard as she wants, but the fact is this: Labour spent the general election telling the British people that they would never do a deal with the SNP, only for them to turn around and immediately strike a deal. They've broken their promise to the British people, they've U-turned on their manifesto commitments before even entering 10 Downing, and their giving power and influence to a political movement singularly committed to breaking up our Union. They didn't earn the people's trust in the General Election, and in announcing this destructive deal Caroline Blakesley has shown exactly why.
William West MP - Conservative Party

Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
MP for Ribble Valley (2015 - )
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#7
The Tories are ones to talk about living up to promises. How many times did they tell the people they were going to be the ones to deliver Brexit? And what did we get for it? We got a deal that Parliament couldn't pass... then we got a "deal" that would break up the union for real and that couldn't get support from the EU. Twice they told the people of Britain that they had what they needed... and twice they let the country down. How many times did they say they were going to do right by the working people of the United Kingdom, only to go in and slash the very supports that so many millions depend on? How many times did they say they were going to invest in the country, then only to do nothing? There is one thing we do know the people voted for- and that was to ensure the Tories didn't get a majority. And now that the Tories are out of Government, they're going to try to do what they can to make it look like they know what they're doing.

The new Prime Minister has laid plain our deals with other parties, including the SNP. She's laid plain WHY she did this- in order for us to start delivering on our manifesto. She's ensuring that we can deliver a Brexit deal that lives up to our promises. She's ensuring we can deliver a People's Vote- which more people voted for than they did a hard Brexit brought to you by the Tories. She's ensuring we can end austerity and start investing in our economy, our environment, and our people which the Tories have long ignored.

With our partners, Labour will deliver on our manifesto. The Tories, sore that they couldn't fool the people again, are lashing out with arguments and excuses like an octopus playing the drums. And like an octopus playing the drums... they just look ridiculous. The people have said they want the Tories out. And now they are- and now you'll see what leadership really looks like.
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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#8
This is a government doomed to fail from the start. Their own leader, Caroline Blakesley has made it clear that she see's the Conservatives as dangerous, and as a risk to the union. If this is true, which it's not, then I suppose imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. She has sold out her own Party, her own Government and her own Country in a desperate cash grab for Number Ten. By getting into bed with Nationalists, they have shown their true colours. They don't care about the people of Scotland who have clearly demonstrated that they want to part of this Union. They don't care that the British people voted to Leave the EU, they'll bend the rules of democracy to fit their own narrative. They don't even care about the other Parties they have cobbled together.

Quite frankly, if you look at a list of things the new PM cares about, you will see two things: her career, and denying the will of the public.


Only time will tell just how disasterous this government will be, but no matter what, it will go down in history and not for the reasons Ms. Blakesley wants.
Kyle Black
MP Grantham and Stamford (2015 - )
Shadow Business Secretary (2019 - )
Secretary of State for DEFRA (2019 - May)
Constituency Appeal, Campaigning Guru, Media Unknown
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#9
During the General Election campaign Caroline Blakesley went out of her way to pretend to be a Unionist, denouncing all her current coalition partners for working with Nationalist parties. During that same campaign Grant Smith made it very clear he would never work with the SNP. They’re now Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of a government that will depend on the SNP for every single decision, a betrayal of the Union and of their campaign promises which has been aptly described as the Great British Sell Out. As things stand, the government is led by two individuals who either knowingly lied to the electorate knowing full well what they would do, or who decided to sell the Union and their principles for the sake of power on a matter of days. So make no mistake, Caroline Blakesley has built her shambolic Frankenstein government by breaking her promises to the electorate.

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For all the talk of caring about the Union, the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats have shown their true colors by setting themselves up to become a government held hostage to every whim of Irish, Scottish and Welsh nationalists, all of which have been clear regarding their intentions to break-up the Union. Caroline Blakesley may deflect all she wants, but she cannot rightly call herself “Minister for the Union” after betraying millions of Unionist voters across the UK just for the sake of becoming Prime Minister of an unstable, chaotic government. As Prime Minister her and her Deputy will dance to the tune of the nationalist parties, leaving the Conservative and Unionist Party as the only real choice that will protect the Union against those who would sell it off for the sake of power.

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Important as it is to have a government, it is even more important that the government is both coherent and able to govern in the national interest. The contrast could not be clearer between Harold Saxon, leader of the party that won the most seats and votes, who worked hard to try and build a coherent, principled and credible government; and Caroline Blakesley, who irresponsibly built an incoherent government out of parties that lost the election while ditching her promises and commitments without any regard for the consequences, selling out the Union and Brexit in the process just to enter Number Ten. When the Frankenstein government collapses out of its untenable, contradictory nature, Harold Saxon and the Conservative Party will be ready to step up, protect the Union and govern in the real national interest.
Rt. Hon. Andrew Summer MP - Conservative and Unionist Party
Member of Parliament for Sevenoaks (2010 - Present)

Shadow Culture Secretary (January 2020 - Present)
-Former: Security Minister / Shadow Home Secretary
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#10
Even though we did not win a majority, the numbers do not lie: The Conservatives won almost 60 more seats than Labour, we are the largest party, we won the last election. Her Majesty the Queen is perfectly entitled to name whomever she likes as her Prime Minister, providing they can win the confidence of the House of Commons, and we will soon see if Labour and the Lib Dems are able to do so, with their dodgy deals with nationalists and separatists, with the upcoming Queen's Speech. I am doubtful that there will be anything of substance in this speech, however. The government will either risk it all to push through their agenda, and perhaps go down in history as the shortest lived government in British history, or fill a speech with meaningless platitudes to keep the five parties they rely on for support on side. In this regard, it's plain to see that Caroline Blakesley is not a leader: she's simply a member of a committee.
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But make no mistake, when it comes to Brexit, the Union and all the major issues of our time, the Labour Party has no mandate to engage in any sort of major constitutional change. A party that won 60 less seats than the biggest party and cannot even form a working government with the support of five other parties. on terms that they have hidden from the British people. A party that's Brexit position will now be decided by committee. A party who's leader and deputy leader have never agreed on Brexit, now leading negotiations. This situation cannot last, and this continued charade of a government will only cause more instability, uncertainty and delay.
Julia Goldman
Shadow Secretary of State for Scoltand
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Growth
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
Member of Parliament for Dumfries and Galloway (2019 - present)
Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Media Darling/Campaigning Guru/Socially Unaware
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