‘A No Hope Agenda’: where are Cameron’s Big Ideas to Boost Britain?

Toby Perkins MP

Toby Perkins MP

Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech, outlining the government’s priorities for the coming year, has been received with dismay as a ‘no hope agenda’ by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins.

Following dismal results for the Conservatives and Lib Dems in the recent local elections, the Queen’s speech presented the Prime Minister with a golden opportunity to show Britain that he understands the squeeze being placed on hard working families or the lack of opportunities for our young people.

But instead of introducing measures to relieve the hard-pressed from rising energy costs, crippling train fares or cuts to Working Tax Credits, the PM has vowed to stick with his plan which has brought a flat-lining economy and sky-rocketing unemployment.

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Toby Perkins MP said:

David Cameron and Nick Clegg are still making life harder for people in Britain, and this Queen’s Speech doesn’t change that.

“The Government cannot claim to be family friendly when it is cutting child care support, cutting tax credits for part time working parents, and taking more from children than the banks. Over 30,000 women have left work in the last year because they can’t afford child care and are struggling to make work pay.”

Commenting on the government’s measures for jobs and growth, Mr Perkins, who is also the Shadow Minister for Small Business, said:

The Government lacks the compelling vision we need to get our economy growing again. Nothing in this piecemeal Queen’s Speech changes this and at a time when the Government’s failed policies have pushed the economy into recession and when business insolvencies have risen sharply, businesses are asking: where are the measures to give them the help they need to grow and boost employment?

“At a time when we have 2.7 million people unemployed, ministers are more worried about making it easier to fire people than to hire new staff. We are clear that slashing employee rights is no substitute for a proper growth strategy.

“David Cameron and Nick Clegg appear to believe that people are turning against them because they have not understood the government’s economic policy. The truth is people have turned against them because they have understood it only too well.”

One Response to “‘A No Hope Agenda’: where are Cameron’s Big Ideas to Boost Britain?”

  1. Steve Rafferty says:


    Cameron’s judgement is in question which can be combined with his “Silver Spoon” background to demontrate a total detatchment from the majority of UK people – who were suppoed to have voted for the Conervatives.
    I don’t think he will make another election because I hope the Conservative party will elect another “leader”……if they can find one.



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