Queen's Speech - "lacking substance".
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly and Shadow Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, has spoken in the debate on the Queens’s Speech in the House of Commons. Mr David said that the Queen’s Speech was “hardly an earth shattering event”. It contained, he said, “few proposals for legislation and even fewer ideas for the direction for the country”.
Wayne David regretted the fact that the Queen’s Speech did not contain proposals for a register of lobbyists, something which the Government had promised to introduce. Nor did it contain proposed legislation for plain cigarette packets.
Significantly, argued Mr David, the only constitutional proposal was for an Act to change the electoral arrangements for the Welsh Assembly. The main suggestion is to allow candidates to stand for a regional list as well as for a constituency. In other words, this would allow candidates to have ‘two bites of the cherry’ and allow those who had failed to get elected in a constituency vote to get elected on a regional list.
Mr David said that this proposal was all about “helping the Conservative Party”. It was a disgrace that with all the problems that Wales faces, the Government was only concerned about promoting the interests of the Conservative Party.
Wayne David ended his speech by saying that he was confident that in two years time “the Gracious Speech will be of far greater quality and of much more substance”.
To read the full transcript of Mr David's contribution to the Queen's Speech debate please click here.