Queen's Speech — Public Spending Cuts — 4 Jun 2015 at 16:50
The majority of MPs voted against limiting public spending cuts to the amount required to address the deficit and not to ask Ministers to say where cuts will fall and who will pay for unfunded pledges.
The debate on the content of the government's legislative programme outlined Queens' speech is technically, and traditionally, on the subject of a message of thanks which the house is to send the monarch for making the speech.
The motion under consideration was:
- That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:
- 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 Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.
The amendment rejected following this vote sought to add the following to the end of the message:
- 'regret' that the Gracious Speech fails to provide a strategy to build the productive economy that the country needs;
- 'note' that a fragile recovery and stagnating productivity harms living standards and makes it harder to reduce the deficit;
- 'believe' that every effort should now be concentrated on supporting middle- and lower-income working people;
- 'further note' that the Gracious Speech is a missed opportunity to tackle the principal causes of rising welfare costs that flow from a low wage, high rent economy;
- 'further believe' in the pooling and sharing of resources across the UK as the best mechanism for delivering social and economic change;
- 'urge the Government' to pursue sensible savings in public expenditure as part of a balanced approach and not an ideologically-driven attempt to shrink public services beyond what is needed to address the deficit; and
- 'call upon Ministers' to spell out where their cuts will fall and who will pay for their unfunded election pledges.”
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||324 (+2 tell)||0||0||98.8%|
|Lab||0||216 (+2 tell)||0||94.0%|