Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn dismisses Queen’s speech as ‘farce’ – live news
Mr Corbyn told the House of Commons: “There has never been such a farce as a government with a majority of minus 45 and a 100 per cent record of defeat in the Commons setting out a legislative agenda they know cannot be delivered in this parliament.”
Labour’s Angela Eagle asks Corbyn if this is an attempt to suppress voter turnout amongst certain groups (groups likely to vote for Labour). Corbyn agrees.
Corbyn says the speech does nothing for bus services.
He says most tower blocks with Grenfell-style cladding have not had it removed.
On crime Corbyn says:
And he expresses scepticism about the plans for railways. Corbyn says the government should repeal the Health and Social Care Act and end privatisation in the NHS.
He says the government should match Labour’s pledge to have safe staffing levels in hospitals.
He says the speech was shocking weak on school funding. The extra money for schools will not compensate for what has been lost since 2010, he says.
Corbyn welcomes the proposal in the Queen’s speech to ensure employers pass on tips. Unions have been calling for this for ages, he says. But he says the government should go further and implement the proposals outlined by Laura Pidcock, the shadow business minister, in her speech to the TUC last month. (It has been reported that Pidcock is now the candidate favoured by Corbynites for next Labour leader. This afternoon’s name check will do nothing to dispel that theory.)
Corbyn says the country has almost got a lost generation.
He challenges the PM to match Labour’s proposals on welfare.
Corbyn says we could be only weeks away from a Labour Queen’s speech.
Patrick McLoughlin, the former Tory chairman, says if Labour had voted for an election in September, the Queen could have been reading out a Labour one. Why did Corbyn not back an election?
Because we don’t trust the prime minster, says Corbyn.