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Queen’s Speech 2014

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Video: Zac Goldsmith says Queen’s Speech is ‘conning’ the public over recall of MPs

4 June 2014 16:58

Four years after promising a recall system for MPs, the coalition has delivered on its promise in today’s Queen Speech. Or has it? The Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith doesn’t think… Continue reading

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A bright new future for the environment, people and the economy

What a bill about National Parks tells us about the Coalition

4 June 2014 15:34

One of the surprises in the Queen’s Speech is something called the Draft Governance of National Parks (England) and the Broads Bill. Unless you live in a National Park or… Continue reading

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The Queen and Prince Philip at today's State Opening of Parliament. Image: Getty

The Queen has just reminded Britain why we don’t need her to abdicate

4 June 2014 12:34

This is a preview of the leading article in the new Spectator, out tomorrow: It would be easy to look at the alluring photographs of Prince Felipe of Spain and his… Continue reading

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Forget zombies – the Queen is fighting slavery

4 June 2014 9:29

Two years ago a well-known MP told me that the Centre for Social Justice was wasting our time chasing political action against slavery, because it wasn’t a ‘doorstep issue’. I’m… Continue reading

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The motherhood-and-apple pie Queen’s Speech

4 June 2014 7:44

There are three main aims for today’s Queen’s Speech in the mind’s eyes of the two Coalition parties. The first is not to rock the boat at all, introducing pro-nice… Continue reading

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What will Her Majesty read out in tomorrow's speech? Photo: OLI SCARFF/AFP/GettyImages

Pensions, pubs, shale, slavery and recall — what to expect in tomorrow’s Queen Speech

3 June 2014 17:07

The last Queen’s Speech of this Parliament is almost upon us. Will the final session prove right the claims that this is a ‘zombie parliament’? Or can we expect a… Continue reading

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Downing Street confirms Coffee House scoop on Cabinet row

4 March 2014 13:24

As James exclusively revealed on Coffee House this morning, an ambush took place at this morning’s Cabinet meeting on legislation for an EU referendum and recall of MPs. Downing Street… Continue reading

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