Speaking in Parliament’s debate today on Jeremy Corbyn’s motion of no confidence in the Conservative Government, Imran slammed the Government’s austerity policies and backed Jeremy Corbyn’s call for a General Election.

In his contribution in the debate, held following the Government’s historic landslide defeat on Tuesday evening on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal, Imran highlighted the dramatic rise in homelessness, child poverty and food bank usage, as well as the crisis in the NHS, the underfunding of schools and the devastation of community services.

Since 2010, ideological Conservative austerity cuts have hit Bradford hard, with £140 million cut from West Yorkshire Police’s budget and hundreds of frontline officers lost, close to 50% of children in Imran’s constituency of Bradford East living in poverty, a reduction of around half in Bradford Council’s net budget by 2020, and increased back door privatisation in the NHS in Bradford’s hospitals.

Speaking on the no-confidence debate in the Government, Imran said:

“For the past eight years, this Tory Government has savaged Bradford with their cruel cuts in the name of ideological austerity. Due to these cuts we have seen essential services suffer, the creation of a crisis in our NHS, the underfunding of our schools and the devastation of our community services, with a rise in homelessness, child poverty and food bank usage.

“The people of Bradford deserve better than this Government and they have no confidence in their ability to deliver a better future for those who live and work here. Throughout my time as a Bradford MP, I have made clear my views of this Government and the damage that they have done, and I will be voting against this Tory Government to deliver one that can work for Bradford.”

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