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An empty Queen's Speech from an 'empty' go...

An empty Queen's Speech from an 'empty' government

08 May 2013

Commenting on the Queen's Speech, Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey said:

"This was an empty Queen's Speech. There is nothing here to support the economy, create jobs or to boost housing. It was short, but definitely not sweet."

"The Queen's Speech is more about trying to head-off UKIP and quell a backbench revolt than deliver a legislative programme to get Britain back on track. David Cameron's true intentions will be revealed in the Comprehensive Spending Review in June which is likely to continue this government's austerity addiction.

"With the coalition entering its fourth year, we can now see what its legacy will be - a failing economy, the ruination of rights at work and a nation encouraged to scapegoat  the vulnerable for the failings of the political and business elite.  

"Dragging our country to the right to try to appease the unquenchable thirst of Tory backbenchers means pain for everyone else."

ENDS

Contact: Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Notes to editors

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.