Queen's Speech 2012

Two years after the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a historic coalition government, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have once again sought to begin anew with a fresh start. After the double-length first session of this parliament they presented Britain with a new agenda for reform focusing on the economy, justice and constitutional reform. But with tensions within the coalition rising and the public hostile after this year's local elections, are they persuading ordinary Brits that they are in touch?


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    NUT comment on Queen's Speech

    Commenting on the legislative programme announced today, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

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    Queen’s Speech shows deluded government devoid of ideas says Unite

    Britain’s largest union, Unite branded today’s (Wednesday, 9 May) Queen’s Speech, as devoid of ideas and accused the government of being delusional if it thinks that making it easier to fire people will kick start the economy back into life.

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    NASUWT on Queen's Speech: Mesothelioma bill welcome

    Commenting on the announcement within the Queen’s Speech that the Government intends to bring forward a Mesothelioma Bill before Parliament, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union said. “This announcement is welcome in that it is at least as sign that historic exposure to asbestos is at last being taken seriously."

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    IET on Queen's Speech: Commitment needed for entire HS2 route

    A lack of commitment from the Government for the entire route of the HS2 line means that this vital infrastructure project risks being developed in isolation, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has warned.


Members of the Lords, their existence threatened by this Queen's Speech, watch the monarch deliver her address to parliament

Lords reform overshadows Queen's Speech 2012

The looming Lords reform struggle is overshadowing bills which the Queen has said will "restore economic stability" in her Speech to parliament.

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