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Emily Brothers Charts Labour’s Direction and Calls Queen’s Speech a Missed Opportunity
Wednesday 4 June 2014

Responding to the Queen’s Speech yesterday, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers said:
“The local and European elections show the depths of discontent with the direction of our country which people increasingly feel does not work for them. That’s why Sutton and Cheam residents want a change of direction for Britain with a programme equal to the scale of the challenge our country faces. Instead we have a Queen’s Speech that offers more of the same. Many of the measures have already been announced or indeed are simply watered down versions of things Labour has set out.
“The Queen’s Speech shows a failure to respond to the concerns of local people by Paul Burstow-Scully continue to be blind to peoples disconnect with politics and have the arrogance to push on with a Coalition Programme which already has many missed opportunities. The Paul-duo-backed Coalition are simply adding to their long list of broken promises by the end of this Parliament: for example – Failed to eradicate child poverty and set targets; Failed to compensate small businesses for Reservists when on active duty; Failed to implement an ethical ban on wild animals being used in travelling circuses, Failed to introduce standard cigarette packaging and banning smoking in cars. It is a woeful record that Paul Burstow and Paul Scully stand by resolutely, yet most importantly fail to recognise the need for a new direction.
“I listened seriously to the outcome from recent elections, taking confidence from Labour’s increase share of the vote locally, compared to significant falls by the other established parties. The Paul Burstow-Scully duo is complacent, digging in rather than being responsive. On my part, I will endeavour to engage with local people across our communities to help shape a better future for Sutton and Cheam.
“The next Labour Government will introduce a Queen’s Speech in May 2015 with bills to tackle people’s concerns about immigration by making work pay, reform our banks to better invest in small businesses, freeze energy bills and build homes again in Britain.”
“Action of that kind will signal the new direction for Britain that Sutton and Cheam residents tell me they want, but that will require a different Government from the Coalition Partners. In Sutton and Cheam, I provide the only credible alternative to that Tory-LibDem Coalition, giving hardworking local people an authentic voice for a progressive response to the cost of living crisis and the need to create lasting economic prosperity for all.”



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