Cameron and Clegg promise “unashamedly pro-work and pro-business” Queen’s Speech

Cameron Queen Chequers

David Cameron and the Queen at Chequers

Nick Clegg and David Cameron have said that their last Queen’s Speech before the 2015 general election will show that the coalition remains capable of “taking bold steps”, and that their legislative programme would be “unashamedly pro-work and pro-business.”

In a joint statement the Prime Minister and his deputy said: “We may be two parties, with two different philosophies but we understand one thing, countries rise when their people rise. So this Queen’s Speech is unashamedly pro-work, pro-business and pro-aspiration.”

At the state opening of parliament today, the Queen announced the government’s plans for the coming year. The proposed legislation is set to be debated by MPs in the House of Commons this afternoon.

The key features of the legislative programme announced by the Queen include:

Reforms to planning laws that will allow shale gas pipelines to run through private land without the owner’s permission

The introduction of a 5p charge for plastic bags

Reforms to annuities, as included in the Chancellor’s budget in March, allowing people to draw their entire retirement income in one go

A new state-funded childcare subsidy to replace the existing employer funded scheme

New laws to protect people working in the voluntary sector or planning and organising local events from liability claims

New powers for voters to demand a by-election when an MP has committed a serious wrong-doing

The legislation designed to speed up fracking activities has prompted a protest by Greenpeace activists who have erected a fence around Cameron’s Oxford home with signs reading: “We apologise for any inconvenience we may cause while we frack under your home.”

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