Valerie Votes on the Queen’s Speech

Six days of debate on the Government’s legislative agenda for the year ahead, as set out in the Queen’s Speech, concluded on Wednesday 18 May 2022. A vote was held on the following Humble Address presented to Her Majesty the Queen:

“Most Gracious Sovereign, We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which was addressed to both Houses of Parliament.”

HM Opposition tabled the following amendment to the Humble Address, Amendment (w):

“but respectfully regret that the Gracious Speech fails to bring forward immediately an emergency budget to tackle the cost of living crisis or to set out a new approach to the economy that will end 12 years of slow growth and high taxation under successive Conservative Governments.”

The Government must not wait any longer to address the crisis engulfing our country. I voted to support Amendment (w), which was not passed, Ayes: 229 and Noes: 312. 

My constituents deserve a safety net in bad times, opportunity and prosperity, and these were not offered by the programme set out by the Government. I voted against the Humble Address, which was passed, Ayes: 312 and Noes: 229.