The Queen’s Speech: legislative programme 2012–2013
The Government used the Queen’s Speech to start its ‘fight-back’ following poor local election results for both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. The speech put ‘economic growth, justice and constitutional reform’ at the centre of the Government’s agenda. In the debate which followed, Prime Minister David Cameron asserted that the Queen’s Speech was about “building a society that rewards people who work hard and do the right thing”. Opposition Leader Ed Miliband countered “This speech offers nothing. No change, no hope is the real message of this Queen’s Speech.”
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Figures released by the Office of the Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales reveal a 40 per cent increase in the number of international family disputes handled in the last year.
This year’s Queen’s Speech was as noteworthy for what it did not contain as its contents. The legislative themes are controlling immigration and promoting growth.