Queens Speech showed the wrong priorities from an out-of-touch Government

Following some truly catastrophic local election results for the two parties of the coalition government, both David Cameron and Nick Clegg claimed that they would learn lessons from their various defeats.

Last week the Queen opened Parliament and delivered a speech that outlined exactly what the Government’s priorities are for the next year. I was hoping for a Queen’s speech that put building the economy for working people centre stage but instead it offered no change and no hope. Energy bills, water bills, the cost of getting to work – these are the issues that are worrying families in Birmingham but the Government has absolutely nothing to say about it.

In its deafening silence the Government demonstrates how utterly out of touch it is with the real needs of hard-working people. Labour won’t make the same mistake. People in Birmingham want to see more jobs for young people, real action to tackle rip-off prices and help for families struggling with the rising cost of living.

To tackle these issues we have outlined several policies that would help people right now including forcing energy companies to offer elderly people the lowest rate available, a tax on bank bonuses to fund 100,000 jobs for young people and new powers to stop rip-off surcharges by banks and airlines.

In a debate in the House of Commons this week I questioned the Government on various aspects of the Queens speech. To see me in action watch the video.

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