Wednesday 9 October 2019 / 10:30 PM Brexit / Economy / Jeremy Corbyn

Corbyn’s alternative to cynical stunt Queen’s Speech

In a major speech in Northampton on Thursday 10 October, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, will condemn Boris Johnson’s “cynical stunt” Queen’s Speech and lay out Labour’s alternative for “real change” across the country.

Corbyn will call Boris Johnson’s Queen’s Speech next week “a farce” as no programme can be delivered with “a majority of minus 45”. The Labour leader will call out Johnson for “using the Queen to deliver a pre-election party political broadcast for the Conservative Party”.

Corbyn will insist that Johnson obeys “the law” and takes “No Deal off the table”. Once that happens, he will declare Labour “ready and champing at the bit” for a general election, saying the country could be weeks away from a Labour government Queen’s Speech.

The Labour leader will use his Northampton speech to lay out “a preview” of Labour’s “most radical, hopeful, people-focused programme in modern times: a once-in-a-generation chance to rebuild and transform our country”.

In particular, he will highlight the following immediate priorities for the next Labour government to deliver:

• £10/hour minimum wage
• Ban fracking
• Free personal care and prescriptions
• Scrap tuition fees
• End rough sleeping
• A Final Say Brexit referendum

On the farce of Boris Johnson’s Queen’s Speech, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, will say:

“On Monday, we will be treated to the farce of Boris Johnson’s Conservative government, amid full pomp and ceremony, setting out an agenda to parliament that it has no intention or means of delivering.

“This government isn’t going to put any legislation before parliament. It has a majority of minus 45, a 100 per cent record of defeat in the Commons and is seeking a general election which will end the parliamentary session the Queen is about to open.

“Holding a Queen’s Speech before an election is a cynical stunt. Johnson is using the Queen to deliver a pre-election party political broadcast for the Conservative Party.”

On wanting an election, Jeremy Corbyn will say:

“It wasn’t long ago that Johnson was pretending not to want an election. Now he is pretending that it’s Labour that doesn’t want one.

“So let me address this directly: Prime minister, we can’t trust you not to break the law because you’ve got form. We can’t trust you not to use the period of an election campaign to drive our country off a No Deal cliff edge that will crash our economy destroy jobs and industries cause shortages of medicine and food and endanger peace in Northern Ireland.

“So it’s simple: obey the law, take No Deal off the table and then let’s have the election. We’re ready and champing at the bit. There’s only one reason it hasn’t happened yet – we can’t trust you.”

On Labour’s “real change”, Jeremy Corbyn will say:

“We might be just weeks away from the first Queen’s Speech of a Labour government. And in that Queen’s Speech, Labour will put forward the most radical, hopeful, people-focused programme in modern times: a once-in-a-generation chance to rebuild and transform our country

“This is the real thing, not the pale imitation offered by Johnson and his Conservative Party.”