‘An empty Queen’s Speech which means nothing for Teesside’

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, today (4th June 2014) dismissed this morning’s Queen’s Speech as an ‘empty programme that means nothing to Teesside and does little, if anything, for local people’.

Tom said:
“There are so many huge issues affecting Teesside: the need for creating a sustained recovery for local industry and for creating much needed jobs; the need to see that local councils have guaranteed funding for integrated care for the frail elderly which stretches beyond the one year currently on offer; the need to have place safeguarding measures to protect care home residents the need to cap rocketing energy bills; and a need to develop plans to boost a new affordable homes programme, including a big expansion of socially rented housing.”

“Yet we have got little beyond a non-controversial element to pensions legislation – and which ducks the big issues surrounding pensions – vague promises of MP “recall” and legislation on plastic packaging.

“All in all this speech is, for local people, as thin, empty and insubstantial as the plastic bags that will be debated in weeks to come whilst urgent social questions are kicked into the long grass.”

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