‘What about the young people?’

Members of the House of Lords and other lawmakers await the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II for Queens Speech at the State opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster.

Members of the House of Lords and other lawmakers await the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II for Queens Speech at the State opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster.

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Planned new laws laid out in the Queen’s Speech do not do enough to help young people find jobs, Blackpool’s Labour MP Gordon Marsden claimed today.

Mr Marsden, MP for Blackpool South and Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills and Regional Growth, attacked the government’s legislative programme - set out at the State Opening of Parliament yesterday.

He said: “It’s what is not in the speech that concerns me because some very specific things which would have helped Blackpool have been missed out.

“Labour wanted a law to say that for every £1m of government contracts given out, companies would have to produce an apprenticeship.

“Big infrastructure contracts such as high speed rail could have produced 20 to 30,000 apprenticeships nationwide.

“We also have hundreds of small businesses in Blackpool not able to access credit yet the government has failed to set up a new banking structure.

“We have a crime and anti-social behaviour bill but the provisions within it will weaken the ability to get people convicted of anti-social behaviour.”

But Blackpool North and Cleveleys Conservative MP Paul Maynard said: “This Queen’s Speech is all about backing people who work hard and want to get on in life.

“We’re fixing benefits so that it always pays to be in work.

“We’re making income tax fairer, cutting it for 24 million people and taking two million out of it altogether.

“Immigration is down by a third and crime is down by more than 10 per cent.

“And this has all been done while cutting a third of Labour’s deficit.

“We can all list things that don’t appear in the Queen’s Speech – but local recovery will only come through private sector led investment which the many, many Bills in this Queen’s Speech are designed to encourage – ideas like reducing national insurance contributions to encourage local employers to take on more young people.”

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