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Press Cycle #32 - Queen's Speech
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Leaving Westminster after a long day of work

The stark difference between this Labour government and the vast majority of its Conservative opponents has emerged ever clearer in the last few days. While the election-obsessed Tories still mumble over how they won - although they didn't, the Labour party already focuses on the business of government by debating the merits of the Queen's Speech and introducing legislation to implement our manifesto pledges. We are fulfilling the responsibilities the people gave us, they must get their act together and provide the British people with an effective opposition.
The Rt Hon Angela Harvey MP | Labour Party, Socialist Campaign Group

Deputy Prime Minister & Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (1992 - Incumbent)
Member of Parliament for Dover (1992 - Incumbent)

Previously: "A nobody backbencher", "Backbench Spokesperson for Everything"

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#22
The Chancellor claims that I'm lying through my teeth that there is nothing to be proud of in this Queen's Speech - well it certainly takes a lot of gall to say that. This Throne Speech, the first since 1974 by an incoming government which failed to win a majority, has little in the way of actual vision. It is in reality a series of hastily thrown together policies, with some sweeteners thrown in, such as liberalisation of certain drugs laws, in order to get the Liberal Democrats on side. We hear that the Queen's Speech is an example of the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister, a man who nearly became the first Prime Minister to lose his seat in nearly a century - yet this Speech is anything but this. We hear that Labour are standing up and fighting for the working man and woman in this country - yet when it comes to jobs the government is awfully silent... In fact the first mention of jobs in the speech's circuit was from the Leader of the Opposition. This minority government's Queen's Speech is akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic - this Queen's Speech is merely glorified window shopping that is a weak attempt at disguising the fact that Callum Finch and his cohorts have managed to squander away the largest Labour majority in nearly forty years.
Eilidh NicEachainn MP
Scottish National Party | Banff and Buchan
Westminster Leader of the Scottish National Party
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#23
The use of homophobic epithets in the reply to the Speech from the Throne is an absolute travesty to parliamentary democracy and to the development of a diverse and inclusive society. I categorically and unreservedly condemn the homophobic words from Sean Kapur in calling the Prime Minister's statement "limp-wristed" and do not believe they hold any place in constructive debate. For the progress that we have made on the advancement of civil and political rights for women, for BME communities, and for LGBT people, any failure from the Conservatives to vocally and publicly rebuke these remarks is a sign of tacit acceptance of sexism and homophobia within their friend group and a sign that this government's clear message for further progress is needed more than ever.
Dame Beatrice Oona Millar DBE MP FRSE RSA | Labour
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1992- )
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Hillhead (1987- )
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Leith (1957-1959)

Formerly: Parminder Chawla, Joshua Bertram, Lillian Nichols, Gareth Edwards, Andrew Pearson, L Chris Havilland, Mack Aldritt
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#24
This Queen's speech is probable the weakest we have seen in a long time, so weak that the only way Labour can defend is stating I'm homophobic even though I have openly support gay marriage and the LGBT. But yet Labour has to defend using such weak and pitiful arguments because The truth is when it comes to the big issues, such as National Security, Energy Independence, and the War in Afghanistan they have no plans hence it's lack of mentioning in the Queens speech. 
"the fagnoglin"  Moray Mac Gill Fhaolain MP Aberdeen North 1964-Present

1973-1974 Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
1976-1978 Secretary of State for Transport
1978-1979 Secretary of State for Scotland
1979-1987 Shadow Secretary of State for Workers and Pensions
1992-Present Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Constitutional Affairs & Devolution

fmrly Sean Kapur fmr. Shadow Minister of Environment, Housing, and Ag 
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It is genuinely saddening but hardly surprising that the state of our politics now leads us to a faux scandal and outrage over remarks by a Conservative Member of Parliament during the Queen's Speech debate. The MP in question used what has been termed homophobic, by the ever vigilant Minister for Women & Equalities who herself in stinging rebuke... could not even quote the phrase in question correctly. Keeping slurs and deliberate offence out of our politics is just common courtesy and is something I expect in our parliament - the so called 'Mother of Parliaments' - yet artificial outrage such as in this instance helps to only trivialise genuine slurs and bigotry within our politics. Yet when serving government ministers feel the need to put the debate on its legislative agenda for the coming year on hold, because an opposition MP may or may not have said something that is offensive - then that is a saddening development in our nation's political scene. Its vital that we get back to what is important - which is debating the govt's legislative proposals and critiquing them, as opposed to playing along to the government's deflection game of shifting their inability to win a majority into a narrative of how a Tory MP said something mean to the Prime Minister.
Eilidh NicEachainn MP
Scottish National Party | Banff and Buchan
Westminster Leader of the Scottish National Party
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It is genuinely telling that the Labour Government have found it more expedient to invent slurs and offence than to defend their legislative agenda for the year. When Government finds it more convenient to pretend that a common phrase is somehow a grave and intentional offense than to defend their legislative agenda, you know they've got some worrying things in store for the country.
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I find it quite interesting that when asked about legalizing gay marriage the minister for equalities and home security Lillian Nicolas said no even though clearly in the Queen's speech it says "My Government will provide legal recognition for transgender people and for same-sex relationships" which gives the appearance that the government will. This type of double talk and chaos is why Labour lost its mandate to lead.
"the fagnoglin"  Moray Mac Gill Fhaolain MP Aberdeen North 1964-Present

1973-1974 Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
1976-1978 Secretary of State for Transport
1978-1979 Secretary of State for Scotland
1979-1987 Shadow Secretary of State for Workers and Pensions
1992-Present Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Constitutional Affairs & Devolution

fmrly Sean Kapur fmr. Shadow Minister of Environment, Housing, and Ag 
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#28
This Queens Speech offers nothing to the British public but disappointment. The Conservatives have made it completely clear why this Queens Speech is bad for Britain.

When asked why Afghanistan , the armed forces or efforts on manufacturing were not in the Queens speech, the man with no mandate was caught like a rabbit between headlights. Mr Finch and his Government clearly forgot about these issues, it isn't good enough.
James Allen

MP for Leeds Central

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Press Cycle closed.
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Note: Forgive the font, this was copy pasted from word. 

Labour: 26
 
So the new system is designed to prioritise quality over quantity – but quantity still matters. Tory voices would’ve definitely dominated over yours this press round, but at least the points you made resonated more.
 
Your attacks here against the Tories were particularly good, and particularly brutal. But you shone that bit more when you trumpeted your own record and presented a forward-looking vision, which you didn’t do nearly enough considering the Queen’s Speech essentially is just visioneering.
 
On the furore over the Tories’ homophobia/‘homophobia’ (depending, of course, on how you view it) – I’m not sure how that would’ve went down. However valid your complaint may have felt, it likely only resonated with people who already voted for you – and people probably wouldn’t care much if a politician used an overt and malicious slur, never mind a (comparatively/seemingly) harmless one. However, contributing to the Tories’ nasty party image in the long term probably doesn’t hurt at all.
 
Conservatives: 24
You did best here when you had a policy focus, but as usual you didn’t seem to do this much – remember to do that more. You lost out a lot because your attacks have been a little off the mark: the Parliamentary arithmetic means the govt never needed the LDs and the LDs/media would make sure to make this point clear. On top of that, in 2002 the LDs are far from the most scary bogeymen, considering neither the left nor right see them as the worst option: if anything, it probably makes Labour seem like they’ll get into a more moderate government! If you want to do gutter politics, at least go for the plausible and headline grabbing: once or twice, but not enough, it was floated Finch could be held hostage by the hard left, which was much more scary for the British public.
 
Influence Points for:
 
Alwyn Thomas: “This Throne speech is an extraordinarily positive Throne speech that will tackle the social injustices that burn at the heart of the United Kingdom, creating a country we can all be proud to call our home.” At this point I’m convinced your best talent is creating brilliant taglines and not realising it – the part about the new century and the Tories’ being the 19th/Labour being the 21st would’ve been the best in the press round had you highlighted it. That said, the overarching message of this press statement was the kind of positivity Labour needed, and I see you directly stole some of the Shadow Chancellor’s rhetoric to use against her – and it’s snazzy.
 
Simon Calvert: “while promising the bare minimum. This government has seen fit to dream small dreams that will leave Britons less safe, less secure and less well off.” Holding the government to account over old promises was a very smart move and should’ve been capitalised on more. Well done.
 
Albion Stonewood: “It appears that, to Labour, democracy simply means ‘whatever I want, the people be damned.’” Please remember to only bold one tagline, but this one was good – as I said before, the best way to win the Lords debate is to try and frame it as cynical so that even people who support reform are against this government’s push for it. It was done well quite well in the last press cycle and you did it well. Have an influence point!
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