Henry welcomes the 2015 Queen’s Speech

Commenting on the speech Henry said that; “This is obviously the first Queen’s Speech delivered by Her Majesty on behalf of an incoming majority Conservative Government since 1992 – a whole generation away.

Having campaigned myself in the General Election to help secure a better future for Britain I was delighted there was a focus on this in the Speech on both the importance of enterprise and business as well as the public services”.

Henry was also called to speak in the recent debate on the Queen’s Speech. This was his first speech of the new Parliament and he focussed mainly on wealth creation, the private sector and small and medium-sized enterprises and the NHS.

As can be seen from Hansard Henry stressed the importance of small businesses and enterprise and outline 3 key priorities for the NHS. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm150602/debtext/150602-0002.htm#15060224000908

Three key priorities are:

  1. Reduce the number of agency workers being used to support doctors and nurses.

  2. Revise the GPs contract to take pressure off A&E.

  3. Ensure that NHS acute care and continued care is joined up.

Henry also praised management and staff like at the QEH.

Commenting more generally on the Queen’s Speech Henry added the following.

“I was really pleased to see included in the Speech the announcement of the Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bill setting out our ambition to achieve full employment, create 3 million more apprenticeships, expand our support for troubled families and continuing to reform welfare and bring down the benefits bill.

I was also pleased to hear the Enterprise Bill, which plans to back business by creating more jobs by sweeping away burdensome red tape, getting heavy handed regulators off firms’ backs and creating a Small Business Conciliation Service to help resolve disputes, was also included in the Speech. With our economy growing at the fastest rate of any country in the European Union, a record number of people in work, and with inflation at 0% we must do yet more to encourage SME’s because without them we do not have the resources to support the public services.

I am very pleased that we will continue to increase spending on the NHS, provide 7-day a week access to your GP and deliver a truly 7-day NHS – so you will always have access to a free and high quality health service when you need it most.

We will maintain the amount of money that follows each child into school, ensure there is a good primary school place available for every child and lift the cap on university places – so you have the skills you need to succeed.

We will also create 3 million new apprenticeships; take everyone earning less than £12,500 out of Income tax altogether and pass a law to ensure we have a Tax-Free Minimum Wage in this country; and continue to create a fairer welfare system where benefits are capped to the level that makes work pay – so you are rewarded for working hard and doing the right thing.

I am also delighted that we are going to continue to look after the pensioners of this country by not raising VAT, National Insurance contributions or Income Tax.

We will continue to increase the Basic State Pension by at least 2.5% through the triple lock, to give people the freedom to use their pension savings as they want and pass them on tax-free and we will cap the amount they can be charged for their residential care – so they can have the dignity and security they deserve in their old age.

Of course, there are many other Bills in the Queen’s Speech but I particularly welcome the promise of the Referendum Bill which delivers on our manifesto pledge of an In/Out EU Referendum.

All in all, I do believe this Queen’s Speech will help deliver a better future for my North West Norfolk constituents”.