MPs will today vote on the Queen's Speech, and a Labour amendment which reads as a condensed version of the party's manifesto.
It is widely expected that Prime Minister Theresa May will win the vote on the Queen's Speech, despite her slim majority, after she managed to defeat a Labour amendment on public sector pay yesterday.
The new Labour amendment criticises voices in the Tory party that have said "no deal is better than a bad deal" on Brexit. The party calls on the government to "recognise that no deal on Brexit is the very worst outcome".
The amendment also demands that the government:
- increase infrastructure spending
- protect the existing rights of EU nationals living in the UK, and UK nationals living in EU nations
- increase tax on "those who are richest and large corporations"
- crack down on tax avoidance
- increase funding for childcare
- abolish university tuition fees
- reinstate the education maintenance allowance, maintenance grants and nurses’ bursaries
- increase the minimum wage to £10 per hour by 2020.
Abortion rights: Will this be the Conservatives' first defeat?
The speaker has also allowed a vote on abortion rights for women in Northern Ireland, which has been proposed by Labour MP Stella Creasy. There is speculation that the Tories will not survive this vote, but it is not yet known whether the government will whip MPs to vote against it. Just seven Tory rebels could get the amendment passed.
Alternatively, the government could accept the amendment to steer clear of an embarrassing defeat.
Part of the amendment reads: "Women from Northern Ireland have no choice but to travel to England for abortion services and face serious difficulties in doing so, and as such the current position risks the continuation of an unwanted pregnancy which may cause distress or illness to the patient concerned."
She has called for services to be provided to women in Northern Ireland wishing to have an abortion, a demand that ministers will struggle to ignore if the amendment is passed or accepted.