MAY-be not the best choice for Prime Minister

Much to the dismay of many, including people with disabilities and the vulnerable, the British Conservative party has settled its leadership contest. They managed that when of one of the only two remaining candidates withdrew.

Now only Theresa May remains. She is already the party leader and at some point on Wednesday afternoon the UK should have a new prime minister.

theresa may.And, while current Prime Minister David Cameron had said that he would be prepared to continue until September, he now finds he is surplus to requirements- He plans to formally tender his resignation to the Queen after Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

Then the Queen will send for Mrs May and ask her to form a government. The UK’s second female prime minister will then set about putting together her first cabinet and it will be interesting to see who is IN, who is OUT and who manages to stay put.

So far, in her speeches, Mrs May has portrayed herself as a caring one-nation Conservative who cares about the poor and vulnerable but, before we get too carried away, let’s take a look at her voting record on welfare and benefits.

  • Generally voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which opponents describe as the ‘bedroom tax’).

My verdict: UNCARING.

  • Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices.

My verdict: UNCARING.

  • Generally voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability.

My verdict: UNCARING.

  • Generally voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council taxand reducing the amount spent on such support.

My verdict: UNCARING.

  • Generally voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits.

My verdict: UNCARING.

  • Generally voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed.

My verdict: UNCARING.

It seems that Britain has just swapped one uncaring Tory for another.

 

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Not fit to be benefits minister let alone in charge of the whole government

As is now known worldwide, the UK will have a new prime minister in a couple of months’ time because David Cameron announced that he will be stepping down in light of the referendum result to leave the European Union.

Naturally, there are a few Conservatives with their eyes on the top job but, in my view, none so strange as work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb. He is one of five candidates nominated for the position.

He is totally unfit to hold his current role, which includes responsibility for disability and other benefits, let alone be allowed to occupy 10 Downing Street.

Work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb discloses his plans to the select committee.

Work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb is one of five candidates to replace David Cameron.

Let’s take a look at his voting record; it is not a pretty story.

On welfare and benefits, Crabb has consistently voted:

  • FOR reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms, (which the Labour Party describes as the ‘bedroom tax’);
  • AGAINST raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices;
  • AGAINST paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability;
  • FOR making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support;
  • FOR a reduction in spending on welfare benefits;
  • AGAINST spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed.

And, if that’s not enough, he has voted:

  • FOR tax cuts for the richest, (specifically, those earning over £150,000), and voted against raising taxes for this income bracket;
  • AGAINST a bankers’ bonus tax, though he has voted for higher taxes on banks;
  • FOR a crackdown on trade unions, backing every restriction on union activities proposed by the government.

A really atrocious record of shame.

 

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