Does Labour want welfare reforms to fail asks MP
Date posted: 12-09-2012
THURROCK MP, Jackie Doyle-Price rose on the floor of the House during a debate on Universal Credit and Welfare Reform to question Labour’s motives.
Ms Doyle-Price said: “Does my hon. Friend agree that the spirit in which the Secretary of State is approaching this issue stands in clear contrast to the approach of the Opposition, who have tabled this mealy-mouthed, negative motion? They are willing the reforms to fail, but we should all want them to succeed if we really want to make work pay.
Jacob Rees-Mogg (North East Somerset, Conservative) replied:
“I am very sympathetic to what my hon. Friend says. This is something of a puzzle to me, because the Labour Front-Bench spokesmen on this subject are among the most civilised members of the Opposition, and it seems uncharacteristic of them to table such a motion—[Hon. Members: “Hear, hear!”] I felt sure that they would be delighted to be flattered by me, of all people. What I have said about them is true, however; it is recognised by those on my own Front Bench.
“However, the motion before us is extremely overstated. It uses the language of chaos and disaster, as did Mr Byrne, and calls on the Government “urgently to set out” plans. In contrast, the Secretary of State answered every question that was put to him. He was willing to listen, and he is doing something that, in principle, those on both sides of the House agree with.”