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Press Cycle 10 - Vote of No Confidence in Her Majesty's Government
#11
Politics and friendship can go hand in hand. I am sorry this point was lost on Harriet as she decided to bulldoze our proposals for climate change legislation, for an end to austerity, to investment in the local economy. I am sorry she felt cake was her priority. I am sorry she felt you cannot be friends with someone who disagrees with you on Brexit.

I was further surprised when the motion was backed by the Brexit Party. What a message to send to the country; that when someone says you cannot be friends with a Brexiteer, that person shall receive the backing of the Brexit Party.

Labour were on the cusp of being able to take serious action to do right by  ordinary people in this country after years of Tory austerity.

We were just getting started but Harriet Laski, gleefully backed by the Conservatives, crafted a toxic blend of the personal and the political in saying you cannot be friends with Brexiteers.
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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#12
When Caroline Blakesley went to the Palace to form this coalition government, she must have known that this was not a sustainable situation, that a party nearly 80 seats short of a majority could not realistically form a stable and lasting government. We saw that in their confidence and supply agreements, most of which lasted only a year, showing that this government saw their role only as a placeholder. And yet this was the government that also claimed it could deliver a radical agenda despite their lack of majority, "getting Brexit right" and changing the way this country works: they have failed. Another pointless extension to Brexit, the failure to pass any meaningful legislation, and their latter governance by Ministerial Statement as their slender majority imploded over a few slices of cake. The Prime Minister wanted to be it all: a Remainer, a Leaver, a fiscal moderate and a radical spender. In the end, it seems, one thing is clear - she couldn't have her cake and eat it.
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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#13
The Tories are desperate. They're out in force to cheer and jeer at the idea of an election and criticise our work in the last few weeks because they desperately want to reverse our achievements in Government.

They're desperate to shut down that historic investment in our NHS. They're desperate to block those 40,000 new NHS staff from being hired. They're desperate to stop 335 new hospitals from being built. They're desperate to block £2bn investment in local social care.

They're desperate to get back the things they started that we're ending; the austerity, the benefits freeze, a Universal Credit that puts thousands of families into further poverty, the sanctions, the caps, the bedroom tax.

The Tories are desperately keen to talk about this Government's record. I stand by that record, that is what I am desperate to continue. The historic work on climate change legislation, the new deals for growth for local communities and regions, the record investment in our public services. Labour are just getting started and now the public have the chance for us to keep delivering.
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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#14
This government ended austerity and pursued an agenda of positive change for Britain. That is a fact. We invested in every corner of our country and began the process of rebuilding the NHS, our schools, and our police. And we have the plan to get Brexit sorted, cut short by the selfish actions of a Green Party leader who is now too scared to come out of her hidey-hole. That is the Labour record.

If Harold Saxon wants to talk about a nightmare on Downing Street, he can talk about the record of the last Tory government. The real nightmare on Downing Street is millions of children condemned to grow up poverty by the Tory Party. The real nightmare on Downing Street is the highest rates of in-work poverty that this country has ever seen, courtesy of the Tory Party. The real nightmare on Downing Street is hospitals infested with rats because Tory austerity slashed their maintenance budgets. The real nightmare on Downing Street is vulnerable Britons starving to death because of the Tory war on social security. That is the real nightmare our country faced just months ago. That is the nightmare that Labour is ensuring we wake up from.
Caroline Blakesley MP DCB
Prime Minister (June 2019-)
MP for Manchester Central (2015-) | Labour
Traits: Fundraising Extraordionare, Campaign Guru, Media Darling, Constituency Pariah
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#15
The ‘Nightmare in Downing Street’ will be a Tory Prime Minister who couldn’t get anything done the last time he was in Government, and a Tory Chancellor who thinks investing in infrastructure and institutions for the North is a “Christmas wish list”.
Amelia Lockhart
Labour
MP for Hull North (2001 - )
Secretary of State for Economic Security and Local Growth (2020 - )

Traits: media darling, backbench favourite, finite resources 
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#16
Labour are right when they say we are desperate - we are desperate to throw out this ruinous government, deliver Brexit, and get back to the business of government. For Labour to act as if this government could have achieved half of what they set out to do in this budget with their coalition now lacking a majority is a ridiculous statement. When the government's "radical" proposals on climate change risk failing to pass Parliament because the Green Party, a party solely committed to addressing the climate crisis, will not back them, it is clear that this is a government in no position to deliver real change.

With this government now in a state of collapse and Parliament dissolved, the vote of no confidence now lies in the hands of the British people instead of Parliament. I am certain that they will express no confidence in a government that lied in it's manifesto, dropping promises in the Queen's Speech the minute they gained ministerial office. A government that is promising the world whilst knowing that there is no way to achieve it. A government so weak it has collapsed because the Prime Minister ate cake with Brigitte Allard. And I am therefore confident the great British public will give their confidence to the Conservatives, to get Brexit sorted, and to let us move forward and make real change.
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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#17
The Government's decision to announce a slew of policies in the House within hours of announcing the election is a blatant attempt to avoid scrutiny of those policies.  This isn't a question of one of those individual policies or another, it's a question of being able to actually have an appropriate discussion about those policies.  It is clear that the Government did not want to face scrutiny in the House in the face of an impending election, which is exactly the sort of conduct that made it deserving of the VONC.

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The Communities secretary continues her absurd attacks yet again.  Ms. Lockhart has possibly the thinnest skin of any person I have encountered in Westminster, clearly unable to take basic questioning in the House without resorting to ridiculous attacks on Twitter or histrionic speeches.  She's the one who published an incomplete document on what is planned for One Yorkshire, replete with a list of exceedingly specific items that the authority would have to fund, but when questioned about it all she can do is holler and whine.  Amelia Lockhart's over-the-top response to scrutiny in the House is one of the best examples of why Labour does not deserve to hold office.  They can roll out policies that look good in a two-paragraph summary but can't take even the most basic questions without throwing a temper tantrum.

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The Conservative Party has made clear that it intends to invest in the North.  Whether we're talking about Northern Powerhouse Rail or other proposals, we're there for you.  We're also in favor of giving devolved authorities actual control over what they spend their money on rather than handing them a list of exactly what they must fund and how.  On the other hand, Labour's approach to One Yorkshire makes it clear that what they want isn't devolution...it's just central government by proxy.  That's the worst of both worlds: All the frustration of central control from London, with the added costs of extra layers of government.
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#18
If the past two months have been a preview for what life is like under a Labour-led Coalition, then every British person should be absolutely terrified at the prospect of 5 more years of this sort of disastrous Government. The past two months serve to remind us that another Labour led Coalition, propped up by the SNP and Liberal Democrats, will only give us more uncertainty, more paralysis, and more divisive referendums that will stop Britain from ever moving forward. This Government fell because it was built on broken promises, and because it was unified only by a mutual desire amongst all of the relevant parties to cling to power. With the polls suggesting that Labour will not be allowed to form another Government without once again relying on support from the Liberal Democrats and the SNP, we know that anything but a Conservative Majority Government will bring more delay and uncertainty. The SNP will absolutely not repeat their mistake of agreeing to a deal without an independence referendum, and Caroline Blakesley's desperate need to hold onto the keys of 10 Downing means she will offer it. 

The British people deserve a Government fueled by core principles and a desire to do good on the commitments they've made to the British people. That is what the Conservative Party is prepared to offer. This VONC and the ensuing election provides the British people with the opportunity to take action and vote for a better future. Together, we can make it happen.
William West MP - Conservative Party

Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
MP for Ribble Valley (2015 - )
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#19
The idea that a failed Frankenstein government which fell apart at the first sign of internal dissent could ever claim to have a better record than of the past Conservative governments is utterly laughable, and speaks volumes about the arrogance with which Labour MP’s have conducted themselves in their desperate attempts to shield the Prime Minister from the collapse of her fundamentally unstable government. The Conservative Party worked hard, long and successfully in repairing the damage cause by the Labour Party on immigration, on crime, on the economy, on giving people a voice, and in ensuring our nation would return to much needed prosperity. What this Frankenstein government did on its weeks in power was to reverse policies that worked, repeat the mistakes of the past with proposals with a record of failure and engage in unprecedented levels of record deficit spending. So Labour MP’s are right in one thing: they have a record. It’s a record of arrogance, irresponsibility, and utter political failure.

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We were told again and again by Labour not to question the Frankenstein government over its sheer lack of internal coherence and cohesion, lectured – as we were – that this perfect and harmonious government was the way forward. It wasn’t. Its majority collapsed as soon as it became clear to the countless government parties that merely being against something – whether it be Brexit, responsible economics, or preserving the union – cannot by itself constitute a rationale and a purpose to govern. To govern, and to govern properly, you need to know what you stand for, what you want to accomplish, and this experiment of a government of endless partners showcases that you cannot build an effective government simply based on parties unwilling to accept what happened on June 2016. That’s why the Conservative Party remains the alternative for a strong, decisive and forward-thinking government that will deliver Brexit, protect the Union, combat crime and improve public services.

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I remember there was a time in which there was a convenient tendency among Labour and Lib Dem MP’s to complain about scrutiny, one in which they would rise to enormous bouts of righteous anger because of their declared belief – all too often not based in fact – that they weren’t allowed to scrutinize. And now, on the eve of a General Election they’ve called due to their manifest inability to govern and command a majority of the House, we see them releasing statement after statement and an entire, unaffordable fantasy budget with virtually none – even zero – opportunity for scrutiny, debate and a careful, mature look at the issues. Labour and Caroline Blakesley had a very clear choice here, and they decided to campaign from the dispatch box instead of acting - or even governing - in the national interest.

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The whole saga of the Frankenstein government, the vote of no confidence, and the desperation from the Government in trying to pass measures without scrutiny makes for a clear cautionary tale ahead of the coming election, and outlines the very clear choice people will have. On one side, they will have a Labour Party which will sell its soul to any party to enter government, an inevitable Frankenstein government sequel which will once again rely on nationalist parties, push for a divisive second referendum, and endanger Brexit from being delivered. On the other, you have a Conservative Party ready to form an effective, strong and coherent government, with clear priorities and responsibilities, and with a leader who has what it takes to deliver Brexit and preserve the Union. And so I say with confidence: the best way to avoid a repeat of the chaos, disunity and unworkable government that we’ve seen during the past few months is to vote Conservative.
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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Fundraising Extraordinaire (+) / Campaigning Guru (+) / Media Unknown (-)
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#20
This VONC has exposed the dark reality behind this Coalition Government: the one and only thing holding it together was the mutual desire amongst the parties involved to block Brexit. Under Caroline Blakesley's leadership, the Labour Party has been determined on doing everything in their power to reverse the will of the people and block Brexit. Their manifesto promise to offer a referendum on their deal quickly became a second referendum on our membership to the EU once Ms. Blakesley entered 10 Downing, forcing the British people to accept the false choice between Labour's deal and Remain. The Liberal Democrats, SNP, ONP and the Greens, all actively in favor of remaining in the EU, utilized their oversized influence as a result of the Coalition to ram through their political will and see the voices of the British people ignored. Simply put, this is a Remainer's Coalition, and it is right that their attempt to stifle the will of the people has resulted in abject failure.
William West MP - Conservative Party

Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
MP for Ribble Valley (2015 - )
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