Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

UK's fragile government survives first vote

UK's fragile government survives first vote

May will be challenged this evening to show she are committed to ending austerity in the police and fire services by backing a Labour amendment to the Queen's Speech.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May signaled she's ready to reconsider her austerity policy as she faces the first test of her new minority government's power in a key vote on calls to reverse public-sector spending cuts.

The intervention came as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn put forward a motion in Parliament demanding an end to years of cuts to public services and caps on pay increases for police and firefighters.

In exchanges dominated by the west London blaze, which killed at least 79 people, the Labour leader said the tragedy must be "a wake-up call" for the government after years of cuts to council funding. "It's time to make a change", Corbyn said.

"Conservative cuts have failed".

May, whose governing Conservative Party relinquished its parliamentary majority in the June 8 election, has signalled that she will listen more closely to Britons who are tired of cuts that some blame for a fire in west London that killed at least 79 people.

Prime Minister Theresa May's government defeated Labour's proposal with support from the 10 lawmakers of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

Opposition parties and devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales have called on the Government to match the funding boost for Northern Ireland across the United Kingdom, with shadow chancellor John McDonnell calling for an end to austerity "throughout the UK", not just in the province.

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Nearly immediately, criticism of the agreement erupted from leaders in Wales and Scotland who asked why Northern Ireland should get more funds but no additional spending is being directed towards their devolved areas.

"It stands in the way of filling the 40,000 vacant nurse posts in England and must be scrapped this summer". We all pay a price.

Public sector workers have seen the value of their incomes fall in relation to inflation after two years of pay freezes and four years of annual caps since 2010. It's also made it more hard to recruit and retain staff in key public services.

Corbyn warned that the tragedy has "exposed the disastrous effect of austerity" and was met with loud shouts from the Tory benches when he focused on spending cuts.

It came as police said the death toll in the tower block fire on 14 June had risen to 80 people.

"In other parts of the United Kingdom, fire services would, quite frankly, struggle to commit the same level of life-saving resources and personnel that London was able to".

Mr Corbyn denied his call for more support for the emergency services was an attempt to make political capital out of the Grenfell Tower disaster, insisting: "We said this very clearly during the election campaign before the tragedy of Grenfell fire occurred". "The cladding of tower blocks began under the [Tony] Blair government".

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