Labour MP Laura Pidcock compared to Nye Bevan for maiden speech
She was also compared to Mhairi Black.
A newly-elected MP has won plaudits for her maiden speech, with one colleague comparing her the formidable Labour politician Aneurin Bevan.
Former charity worker Laura Pidcock recently took over from Pat Glass as Labour MP for North West Durham. The 29-year-old was born and bred in the north east of England and studied politics at Manchester Metropolitan University.
She used her maiden speech to slam the set-up in the House of Commons.
“It reeks of the establishment and of power; its systems are confusing—some may say archaic—and it was built at a time when my class and my sex would have been denied a place within it because we were deemed unworthy,” she said.
“I believe that the intimidating nature of this place is not accidental. The clothes, the language, and the obsession with hierarchies, control and domination are symbolic of the system at large.”
Pidcock also spoke passionately about how her constituents had suffered as a result of Tory policies.
“The most frustrating thing has been to sit opposite those people who tell me that things are better, and that suffering has lessened for my constituents.
“I would like them to come and tell the people who have been sanctioned that things are better. I would like them to tell that to the teacher in my constituency who was recently made redundant. I would like them to talk to the 16,500 people in County Durham in receipt of food parcels. I would like them to talk to the nurses, the junior doctors and the firefighters—come and tell them that years of austerity have improved their practice or their profession.”
Tom Miller, a Labour councillor in Brent, said the speech brought to mind Bevan’s criticisms of parliament in his 1952 book In Place of Fear. Writing on Twitter, he said: “Reminds me of Bevan's demolition of Parliament in In Place of Fear. Good speech!”
Another Twitter user called Melanie Bynes said: “She reminds me of the SNP's Mhairi Black, she goes straight to the point & holds nothing back, strong, committed young women.”