Queen’s speech

Watch: Boris Johnson on the Queen’s Speech

19 December 2019 16:22

The Prime Minister took to his feet in the House of Commons earlier this afternoon to lay out his government’s…

What remains of the Labour party is defined by misery

19 December 2019 15:44

If you wanted an illustration of the different emotional states of the two main parties, you could do a lot…

‘Smile Jeremy, it won’t kill you!’

19 December 2019 15:01

The Conservative MP Tracey Crouch was invited to make the so-called ‘loyal address’, a parliamentary procedure used to formally open…

This is the first time in a decade the government can do what it wants

19 December 2019 12:08

There wasn’t much pomp around today’s Queen’s Speech, despite the fact that this second speech of the autumn is the…

Full transcript: The Queen’s Speech

19 December 2019 12:00

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons. My Government’s priority is to deliver the United Kingdom’s departure from…

Did anyone take the Queen’s Speech seriously?

14 October 2019 17:38

If today’s Queen’s Speech was meant to offer a preview of what the next general election and life after it…

How long can the government put off a Queen’s speech for?

29 April 2019 17:21

How does Theresa May plan to spend the six-month Brexit extension? Nearly one month in and there is little sign…

Will a Queen’s speech spell the end of May’s government?

17 April 2019 11:16

What is the maximum point of danger for the government in the coming months? After Theresa May secured a six…

Queen’s Speech clears the Commons

29 June 2017 18:27

After a difficult few weeks, Theresa May can today breath a sigh of relief – the Queen’s Speech has passed. MPs voted…

What part of ‘devolution’ does Stella Creasy not understand?

29 June 2017 18:05

Abortion is a matter devolved to Northern Ireland’s representatives. Today, Belfast’s Court of Appeal ruled abortion law in Northern Ireland should…

The Government backs down over Queen’s Speech abortion amendment

29 June 2017 14:57

In the face of a possible rebellion over an amendment to the Queen’s Speech, the Government has backed down. Chancellor…

What the papers say: The Tories are in office but not in power

22 June 2017 8:22

This was a Queen’s Speech to fit the ‘sombre mood of the nation’, says the FT. ‘British politics is in…

The Queen’s Speech was diluted – but Theresa May’s strategy hasn’t changed

21 June 2017 13:35

Brexit will dominate political and parliamentary life for years to come. The weight of EU exit legislation announced in the…

Queen’s Speech: the full guide to what’s been scrapped

21 June 2017 12:11

Today’s Queen Speech was supposed to be a moment of crowning glory for Theresa May. Instead, it’s a muted affair, with…

Queen’s Speech: Full text

21 June 2017 12:00

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons. My government’s priority is to secure the best possible deal as…

Queen’s Speech: Theresa May bins her manifesto

21 June 2017 11:53

Today’s Queen’s Speech is notable not for what’s in it, but for what’s been left out. With no Tory majority…

What the papers say: The Queen’s Speech is the Tories’ last chance

21 June 2017 8:19

Today’s Queen Speech will be a muted affair, with Her Majesty dressing down for the opening of a Parliament which will…

Will Theresa May become Brexit’s scapegoat?

19 June 2017 17:43

Normally in the run-up to a Queen’s Speech, Westminster watchers wonder how radical the Prime Minister feels like being –…

‘Strong and stable’ Theresa May delays the Queen’s Speech

12 June 2017 14:28

The Queen’s Speech – in which the government sets out its legislative programme – has been delayed indefinitely. Originally due…

Paying for financial advice: whose job is it?

20 May 2016 10:57

Buried in the Queen’s Speech this week was an unassuming little sentence that could transform our collective ability to deal…