CAROLINE WELCOMES 'VISION FOR A COUNTRY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYONE'

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage today welcomed the first Queen's Speech of the new Conservative Government in Westminster today, saying that it set out "a brilliant vision for a country of opportunity for everyone." The speech included plans to link the tax free allowance to the minimum wage, cut red tape for small businesses by £10bn over the next five years, and introduce 30 hours of free childcare a week for the parents of 3 and 4 year olds.

Commenting outside the House of Commons chamber, Caroline said, "Over the last five years we took difficult decisions to fix our economy; now the task is to make sure that the economy works for everyone, and that everyone has the chance to get on in life. As a working mum under the last Labour Government I know how expensive childcare got, so I'm particularly pleased with our plans to bring in 30 hours of free childcare a week for the parents of 3 and 4 year olds."

Alongside the above measures the speech outlined plans to deliver an in/out referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union; to control immigration by limiting access to public services; and to extend Right to Buy to tenants of housing associations, with new measures to boost housebuilding.