Gareth Snell MP

Labour and Co-operative MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central

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Gareth votes to end public sector cuts

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Last night I voted to end proposed further cuts to the fire and police services. I also voted to lift the public sector pay cap and give workers a pay rise. The nurses, firefighters, teaching assistants, health visitors, occupational therapists, teachers, police officers and all those working on the front line providing services to the public.

Unfortunately, despite hinting at a possible climb down the Conservatives whipped their MPs to vote against our amendment to the Queens speech defeating it 329-309 supported by the DUP.

I expect some rough and tumble in politics, but I was appalled to hear Conservative MPs cheer as they defeated our proposals to end damaging cuts to our fire and police services and to deny our public sector workers the opportunity for a pay rise.

I was disappointed, but not surprised to learn that new Conservative MP for Stoke-on-Trent South Jack Brereton voted against ending cuts to our fire and police services and to give our hard working public sector workers a pay rise.

I think many people across Stoke-on-Trent will be shocked that given the current challenges facing our public services, especially our police, the Conservatives continue to cut the resources they have at their disposal. It seems that the Prime Minister has learnt nothing from the General Election campaign.

As long as I am your MP I will continue to campaign against cuts to our fire and police services. I will keep voting to support our public sector workers and more broadly work across the public and private sector to raise wages and improve working conditions for all.

Instead of platitudes and sound bites when they respond to terrible events, I think our public sector workers would prefer the government support them in paying them a fair wage and give them the resources they need to keep us safe. Sadly, last night they chose to do neither.

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