I welcome the legislation brought forward at the King’s Speech as part of the Conservative Government’s commitment to deliver the long-term decisions for a brighter future.
The King’s Speech marked the beginning a new Parliamentary session, where the Conservative Government will bring forward legislation to grow the economy, strengthen society, keep people safe and promote our national interests.
By taking the right long-term decisions the Conservative Government will safeguard the future prosperity of our country.
I back the new agenda from the Conservative Government as set out in the King’s Speech and the benefits it will bring to people across Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
For too long governments of all colours have taken short-term decisions, instead of focusing on the right long-term decisions that will safeguard the future prosperity of our country. That’s why the Conservative Government has announced plans to deliver a brighter future for our country – setting out the laws that will be delivered over the next parliamentary session.
Legislation will focus on four key areas. First, growing the economy by introducing Bills that protect our energy security, secure the benefits of Brexit, and ensure we have the right framework for tech firms to compete and grow in the UK.
Second, strengthening society by protecting the health of young people, supporting private renters and landlords, and eradicating antisemitism everywhere. This includes the Holocaust Memorial Bill, to build a national Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in central London.
Third, keeping people safe by making sure the police have the powers they need, criminals get the punishment they deserve, and society is protected from terrorism. This includes the Sentencing Bill and the Criminal Justice Bill, giving the police more powers to keep us safe. Already, under the Conservative government, we have delivered on our manifesto commitment by recruiting an additional 20,951 officers, so we now have more police than ever before. We can already see the benefits of this on the doorstep of Uxbridge and South Ruislip, with 3,666 of those guaranteed police across London.
Fourth, promoting our national interests by backing our Armed Forces, supporting Ukraine and leading the way on the challenges of the future: climate change and AI.
In each of these areas the Conservative Government is taking the right long-term action to deliver change and a brighter future for everyone in the United Kingdom, whilst continuing to halve inflation, prioritise higher growth over extra borrowing, reduce debt, relieve pressure on the NHS by cutting waiting lists and, crucially, implement the world-leading small boats laws to crush the people smuggling gangs and stop the boats.
If we are going to improve people’s lives for the better in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, we have to deliver long-term solutions to the problems families and business face. That is why I welcome the Conservative Government’s new, long-term legislative agenda, set out at the King’s Speech. This King’s Speech proved the Prime Minister will continue to break the old model of doing politics and deliver the long-term decisions needed for a brighter future.
I can already see elements of the King's speech helping the constituents of Uxbridge and South Ruislip. Listed below are a few reasons:
- Investing in renewable energy, tackling climate change and Net Zero by 2050 - this will contribute to my aim of protecting our award winning parks and green spaces in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, and to maintain Hillingdon as the greenest London borough!
- More apprenticeship schemes rather than focusing on the university degree route, will help SEND children as well to build skills and knowledge for the future - which is why one of my priorities is to work more closely with SEND schools and activity centres.
- Focusing on economic growth as well as safeguarding football clubs to benefit communities - I am committed to supporting local businesses and football clubs to ensure they have the support they need. That is why I am constantly in discussions with Wealdstone FC, Hillingdon Abbots and Uxbridge FC to name a few!
- The NHS long-term plan and investment in mental health - Brunel University Medical school has already benefited from this, and with the building of a new Hillingdon Hospital, it will endeavour to recruit new local staff from Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
Commenting, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said:
“Today marked the first King’s Speech in over seventy years, bringing forward our plan to build a better future for the next seventy. Just as I have done with energy security, net zero, illegal migration and HS2, the King’s Speech takes the long-term decisions to address the challenges this country faces, not the easy way out with short-term gimmicks. As we take the necessary steps to halve inflation and reduce debt, we will legislate to grow the economy, by supporting innovative businesses and protecting consumers. To make the real change this country needs, we will bring forward bills that strengthen our society, help people feel safer in their own communities and give a sense of pride in the place they call home."