Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Britain's opposition Labour Party to force vote in parliament on pay cap

Britain's opposition Labour Party to force vote in parliament on pay cap

Mrs May said that cladding samples from 120 tower blocks, in 37 local authority areas, have now failed flammability tests - a 100% failure rate.

Speaking on Tuesday, he said: "What we're doing is asking for an end to the cuts in the fire service, the ambulance service and the police, and that the government should stop that and should invest more in them".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described his party's boost in vote share and seats as "vote for hope for the future" and a sign people were "turning their backs on austerity".

But after John Bercow had called for calm, Corbyn carried on: "When you cut local authority budgets by 40% we all pay a price in public safety".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses the crowd from the stage at LeftField at Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

"This disaster must be a wake-up call!"

Following the extended PMQs session - which ran around 20 minutes over its allotted half-hour - MPs gathered in the Commons for a debate on the Queen's speech.

Labour is to table an amendment to the Queen's Speech calling for the 1% public sector pay cap and cuts to the police and emergency services to end.

Unable to hold Corbyn responsible for the tragedy, May instead chose to criticise decisions taken by Tony Blair and the last Labour government. The speech included eight bills centered on the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, and measures to address the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, as well as the Grenfell fire.

May won by 323 votes to 309 in the first parliamentary vote since she secured the backing of a small Northern Irish party to give her a narrow majority in parliament.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has suggested the Government could ease austerity measures, claiming the Tories were not deaf to the message from the General Election, where the party lost its majority.

In a deal reached this week, the Democratic Unionists agreed to back the Tories on key votes and May agreed to provide more than 1 billion pounds in new funds to Northern Ireland.

Opposition parties and devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales have called on the Government to match the funding boost for Northern Ireland across the United Kingdom, with shadow chancellor John McDonnell calling for an end to austerity "throughout the UK", not just in the province.

A vote will take place in Parliament at around 7 p.m. (1800 GMT; 2 p.m. EDT).

The election left the Conservatives several votes short of a parliamentary majority and severely undermined the authority of May, who called the snap vote in a misjudged attempt to increase her grip on power ahead of Brexit negotiations.

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