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.