Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed the proposed legislation outlined in the Queen’s Speech that will support working people, improve public services and provide for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.
Mr Evennett was present in the Houses of Parliament today when Her Majesty delivered Her Gracious Address as part of the ceremony for the State Opening of Parliament. The new laws proposed in the Queen’s Speech will enact many of the manifesto pledges made by the Conservatives, which include:
– Ensuring that people on the minimum wage, earning less than 30 hours per week, do not pay any income tax;
– Lowering the benefits cap and making sure people are better off if they work
– Increasing the provision of free healthcare
– New powers to take over failing and coasting schools
– Improving access to GPs and mental healthcare
– Securing real increases in the state pension
Mr Evennett said “With lower taxes, more free childcare, better schools, greater access to GPs and security in retirement, this is a programme for working people that ensures that there is support available at every stage in life. Action will also be taken to ensure that people will always be better off in work rather than choosing not to by lowering the benefits cap and creating more jobs.”
In addition, a number of important constitutional matters were included in the Queen’s Speech. Proposals will be brought forward for a British Bill of Rights to replace the Human Rights Act, English votes for English laws and a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.
Mr Evennett commented “It is vital that we renegotiate Britain’s membership with the European Union and then put that agreement to the British people in the form of an in/out referendum. I am pleased that a Conservative majority Government is making this a priority in the first year of the new Parliament.”