Dianne Abbott’s speech in the Health and Social Care and Security Debate 

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Dianne Abbott’s speech in the

Health and Social Care and Security Debate 

I beg to move an amendment, at the end of the Question to add:

“but respectfully regret that the Gracious Speech fails to end cuts to the police and the fire service;
commend the response of the emergency services to the recent terrorist attacks and to the Grenfell Tower fire;
call on the Government to recruit more police officers and fire-fighters;
and further call on the Government to end the public sector pay cap and give the emergency and public services a fair pay rise.”.

On occasion, much of what we do and say in the Chamber must seem to ordinary members of the public looking on like something approaching an elaborate game, but the Opposition believe that the amendment goes to the heart of public concerns. We wish to commend the response of the emergency services to the recent terrorist attacks and to the Grenfell Tower fire; we wish to call on the Government to recruit more police officers and firefighters; but above all, we call on the Government to end the public sector pay cap and give emergency and public service workers a fair pay rise. As we have seen in recent months, in times of national and personal crisis, it is to public sector workers that the country looks…………………………………………………………(continues)

 

 


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