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Tories cheer after blocking Labour bid to raise emergency services pay

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Tory MPs cheered as it was announced in Parliament that an attempt to lift a pay cap on emergency services had been defeated.

The Conservatives, along with their new partners in the DUP,  came out in force to vote down the opposition amendment to the Queen's Speech intended to give public sector workers a pay rise above the 1% increase their salaries have been capped at since 2010.

As the tally of votes was read out in the house of commons on Wednesday night, the Tories were heard erupting in cheers. 

 

Outraged social media users expressed disgust at the behaviour, coming just over two weeks after all political parties heaped praise on the fire service for their heroic efforts to save people in the Grenfell tower fire. 

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn took to Facebook to argue that  “although government ministers said they had learned the lessons of the General Election and were listening to voters, it is clear that nothing has changed.” 



He also cited the Grenfell fire and spate of recent terror attacks as evidence of how under strain the emergency services are. 

Others took umbrage at the vote coming the same week it was announced the Tories had agreed to give £1billion to Northern Ireland as part of their deal with the DUP to prop up their minority government. 

Some were also quick to point out that the fact MPs didn’t realise how crass celebrating would look demonstrates how out of touch they are. 

But members of Theresa May’s government were also quick to take to Twitter to defend themselves. 

Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman argued that the amendment was blocked because it was an “attempt to bring down the government”.

He tweeted that MPs were cheering because this was defeated not because worker were not getting more money, adding that he was open to a “new approach” towards public sector pay.



But he failed to provide an answer when taken to task by people asking what exactly his “new approach” would entail.

Theresa May had already come under heavy criticism this week after details of the £1billion DUP deal emerged with critics repeatedly recalling an incident in the general election campaign when the Prime Minister told a nurse there was no “magic money tree” for a public sector pay rise. 

Images: Twitter/Rex Features

 

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Elle Griffiths is a freelance writer living in Brighton. She divides her time pretty evenly between despairing about American Politics, watching Mad Men re-runs and complaining about Southern Rail delays.

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