Scott Mann MP has welcomed the new agenda from the Conservative Government as set out in the King’s Speech and the benefits it will bring to people across North Cornwall.
For too long governments of all colourshave taken short-term decisions, instead of focusing on the right long-term decisions that will safeguard the future prosperity of our country.
That’s why the Conservative Government has announced plans to deliver a brighter future for our country – setting out the laws that will be delivered over the next parliamentary session.
Legislation will focus on four key areas. First, growing the economy by introducing Bills that protect our energy security, secure the benefits of Brexit, and ensure we have the right framework for tech firms to compete and grow in the UK.
Second, strengthening society by protecting the health of young people, supporting private renters and landlords, and eradicating antisemitism everywhere. This includes the Holocaust Memorial Bill, to build a national Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in central London.
Third, keeping people safe by making sure the police have the powers they need, criminals get the punishment they deserve, and society is protected from terrorism. This includes the Sentencing Bill and the Criminal Justice Bill, giving the police more powers to keep us safe.
Fourth, promoting our national interests by backing our Armed Forces, supporting Ukraine and leading the way on the challenges of the future: climate change and AI.
In each of these areas the Conservative Government is taking the right long-term action to deliver change and a brighter future for everyone in the United Kingdom, whilst continuing to halve inflation, prioritise higher growth over extra borrowing, reduce debt, relieve pressure on the NHS by cutting waiting lists and, crucially, implement the world-leading small boats laws to crush the people smuggling gangs and stop the boats.
Commenting, Scott Mann MP said:
“If we are going to improve people’s lives for the better in North Cornwall, we have to deliver long-term solutions to the problems families and businesses face.
“That is why I welcome the Conservative Government’s new, long-term legislative agenda, set out at the King’s Speech. This King’s Speech proved the Prime Minister will continue to break the old model of doing politics and deliver the long-term decisions needed for a brighter future.”
Commenting, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said:
“Today marked the first King’s Speech in over seventy years, bringing forward our plan to build a better future for the next seventy. Just as I have done with energy security, net zero, illegal migration and HS2, the King’s Speech takes the long-term decisions to address the challenges this country faces, not the easy way out with short-term gimmicks. As we take the necessary steps to halve inflation and reduce debt, we will legislate to grow the economy, by supporting innovative businesses and protecting consumers. To make the real change this country needs, we will bring forward bills that strengthen our society, help people feel safer in their own communities and give a sense of pride in the place they call home.”
We will continue working to bring down inflation, cut debt and grow the economy by:
- Safeguarding our energy independence. Our Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill will help to secure our energy security and independence, by backing North Sea oil and gas extraction. This will safeguard 100,000s of jobs and enable us to reach our Net Zero targets in a proportionate and pragmatic way.
- Securing the benefits of Brexit. The Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Bill will make sure that we can promote trade and investment with the fastest growing economies around the world. By developing our global trading relationships, we can create new jobs at home and grasp one of the key opportunities of Brexit.
- Modernising regulation so the biggest tech firms can grow and compete in the UK. A series of bills (Automated Vehicles Bill; Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill; Data Protection and Digital Information Bill) will introduce rules to regulate the actions of the world’s biggest tech firms – covering everything from social media giants, to supporting new emerging technologies like driverless vehicles and machine learning.
We will strengthen society with new laws to protect the youngest and support our communities by:
- Protecting the health of young people. We will create the first smokefree generation by ensuring no one aged 14 or under will ever be able to be sold cigarettes, protecting the health of the youngest people in our society, with our Tobacco and Vapes Bill. This Bill will also restrict the sale and marketing of vapes to children.
- Supporting renters and leaseholders. We will empower leaseholders with greater rights and protections over freeholds and punitive charges, with a Leasehold and Freehold Bill. Renters and landlords will be supported with a Renters (Reform) Bill, giving renters more security, landlords more control over their properties, and delivering our manifesto commitment to abolish Section 21 “no fault” evictions.
- Safeguarding local football clubs for their fans and communities. To ensure that local football clubs are protected for the long-term, we will legislate to establish a new independent football regulator. This will protect clubs’ heritage, help to prevent breakaway competition like the European Super League, and make sure that fans have a greater voice in their own clubs.
- Backing a free press. A free press is the cornerstone of democracy, rightly holding the most powerful to account. The Media Bill will therefore repeal Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act, which would have limited press freedom, while also safeguarding public service broadcasting for everyone.
- Memorialising the Holocaust and eradicating antisemitism. We must do everything we can to make sure the Holocaust is never forgotten, and that antisemitism is driven out of our society. Our Holocaust Memorial Bill will enable us to build a national Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in central London, while the Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill will ban public bodies from implementing their own politically motivated boycotts of foreign countries.
- Upholding animal welfare by banning live animal exports. Now we have left the European Union, we have the power to ban live animal exports. We will take action to protect livestock from distress and injury with the Animal Welfare Live Exports Bill.
We will keep people safe with tougher sentences and stronger police powers by:
- Introducing tougher sentences and greater police powers. We will ensure criminals get the prison sentences they deserve with a new Sentencing (Whole Life Orders and Short Sentences) Bill. A new Criminal Justice Bill will give police the tools they need to prevent new and complex crimes, such as digital-enabled crime, child sexual abuse, and child grooming.
- Supporting victims and strengthening the parole system. Victims need to have confidence that our criminal justice system will work for them, so our Victims and Prisoners Bill will give ministers the power to block the parole of the worst offenders and stop them marrying in prison, while also ensuring that victims are at the heart of justice considerations.
- Protecting our national security. At a time when threats to national security are changing rapidly due to new technology, we will give the security and intelligence services the powers they need to keep us safe with a new Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill. We will further protect the public and public places from terrorism with the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill, learning lessons from the Manchester Arena tragedy.
- Protecting pedicab passengers. Pedicabs in London are currently unlicensed (unlike the rest of England and Wales), so we will legislate to regulate the industry and prevent anti-social behaviour on our streets. This will give passengers the security of knowing that pedicabs are safe and that drivers are properly licensed.
We will promote and protect our national interests by:
- Backing our Armed Forces and protecting national security. We will continue to invest in our world leading Armed Forces, ensuring that they have what they need to protect our country and keep people safe.By working with our international partners, we will support Ukraine, strengthen NATO and safeguard our national security. We will continue to condemn the barbaric acts of terrorism, against the people of Israel, as well as facilitate humanitarian support into Gaza and support the cause of peace and stability in the Middle East.
- Promoting British interests around the world. The UK is one of the world leaders in tackling climate change, so we will continue supporting developing countries with energy transitions and environmental targets. With our AI Summit and bi-lateral relationships, we will lead international discussions on artificial intelligence so it is developed safely, while protecting the jobs of hardworking people.