Wages pain will remain as DUP deal pays for May

Wages pain will remain as DUP deal pays for May

There were 256 Labour votes in favour of the amendment, in addition to 35 SNP votes, 12 votes from the Liberal Democrats, four from Wales’ Plaid Cymru, one Green vote from party leader Caroline Lucas and one from independent Lady Hermon, a Northern Irish MP.

Corbyn claims that May has no mandate for continued austerity measures after she failed to win an outright majority at the last election. “The Conservatives survived by the skin of their teeth today, supported by the DUP, but this is a government in chaos”, he said.

The DUP did not respond to immediate requests for reaction, but the prospect of the amendment passing could have raised questions over its deal with the Tories to prop up the minority Government.

“The Paris Agreement is irreversible and it is not negotiable”, she said.


What would happen if it gets voted down?

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“At lunchtime, there were signs the government was listening to our calls but by the evening they voted to keep the pay cap in place”. That’s because the vote has no enforcement power and instead carries more symbolic value.

The Tory minority government has to get through the final vote on its legislative programme on Thursday afternoon.

Speaking exclusively to Blasting News, the Conservative MP for Mid Worcestershire, Nigel Huddleston, said that there is much to praise in the Queen’s Speech generally. “This is not strong and stable, it is a government that is spinning out of control”.


So what are the amendments to look out for?

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That rival amendment, which the Speaker has also selected for a vote in the Commons on Wednesday evening, would commit the United Kingdom to fully remaining in the customs union and single market.

But numerous party’s MPs are passionately anti-Brexit and keen to maintain close ties with the EU.

Jeremy Corbyn will call for MPs to back a jobs first Brexit that delivers the exact same benefits as the single market and customs union. This includes greater action to tackle rising energy bills and stagnant wages. However, the amendment fell after DUP MPs backed the government, with no Tory MPs rebelling.

Tonight’s vote marked a crucial milestone for the embattled Prime Minister, who just three weeks ago was waking up to the fact that a snap election gamble had lost her a majority.

Ministers were facing a headache over an amendment tabled by Labour MP Stella Creasy, calling on the British government to provide funding so women from Northern Ireland can have abortions in England without having to pay.

During the debate Mr Hunt said women across all of the United Kingdom have the right to health after being asked about Northern Irish women’s access to abortion. “At present women from Northern Ireland are asked for payment, and from now on it is our proposal that this will no longer happen”, Equalities Minister Justine Greening said in a letter to MPs.