New Coventry South MP’s first speech promises an end to ‘forty years of Thatcherism’ and a working-class movement
New Coventry South MP Zarah Sultana made her maiden speech in the Commons this week – and it holds out hope for the Labour Party as a movement that genuinely represents the working class and which will not bow to Establishment interests.
Ms Sultana noted that, as a young MP, she has known nothing else as an adult but Tory austerity – but she knows that the true causes lie with bankers and profit-driven ruling elites who continue to blight the lives of working-class people in every country.
Listing the cuts to services and housing, the massive and widening inequality, the debt piled onto the shoulders of the young and the vulnerable and the damage to the environment that mar our society, Sultana also delivered a snub to Tony Blair – including his time in office as part of ‘forty years of Thatcherism’.
And she said that while despairing would be easy, there is no room for it – because her generation needs to be able to say at the start of the next decade that they ended exploitation for profit, the contempt for the poor and vulnerable and the reckless disregard for our planet that characterises the Tories and all their ilk:
There were very few silver linings for the people in the general election result – but the modest increase in the proportion of genuinely left, genuinely working-class MPs with a genuine commitment to real change on the Labour benches is something that holds out hope for the future.
But as Zarah Sultana noted, that future will be hard-fought and hard-won.
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