A Labour MPs speech about '40-years of Thatcherism' has caused a massive debate

Greg Evans
Thursday 16 January 2020 11:45
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A new Labour MP has caused a debate on social media after vowing to end "40 years of Thatcherism" in her maiden speech in the House of Commons.

26-year-old Zarah Sultana who was elected as the MP for Coventry South at last months general election caused a stir in her first address in Westminster.

Speaking passionately, Sultana said:

Ten years ago I was sitting my GCSEs at school. I was a teenager and I never dreamed I would be here today.

In ten years’ time, at the start of the the next decade, I want to look teenagers in the eye and say with pride - my generation faced 40 years of Thatcherism and we ended it.

We faced rising racism and we defeated it. We faced a planet in peril - we saved it. We have our work cut out but together we can do it.

Sultana's speech, which was a critique of the policies implemented by former PM Margaret Thatcher also seemed to suggest that the Labour government of 1997 to 2010 was responsible for pushing similar agendas.

Her words, as well as her comments on climate change and the Green New Deal, were praised by some high profile members of the Labour Party who called her a "beacon of light."

However, not everyone was impressed with some pointing out that the New Labour and Blair government introduced policies that counteracted those promoted by Thatcher.

Soon enough "Thatcherism" began trending on Twitter with some defending Sultana's comments and those who supported the Blair government's achievements.

During the general election, Sultana apologised for a tweet that she posted in 2015 when she was still a student which claimed that she would 'celebrate' when Tony Blair, George W. Bush and Benjamin Netanyahu died.

HT Mirror

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