22 JUN 2017

Therese Welcomes the Queen's Speech

The Queen was in Parliament yesterday, as she read out the Government legislative agenda for the forthcoming Parliamentarysession.

The Queen's Speech focussed on the need to get Brexit right, delivering the result of last year's referendum. It included a Great Repeal Bill to provide as much legal certainty as possible for businesses and individuals; an Immigration Bill that will give us control of the number of people coming here from Europe while allowing us to continue to attract the brightest and the best; a new Trade B and Customs Bill which will enable the UK to conduct its own independent trade policy; a Fisheries Bill to enable us to control access to our territorial waters and an Agriculture Bill which will provide stability to farmers, essential for our industries here in Suffolk Coastal.

The speech also set out measures to make sure that the National Living Wage is increased and included a crackdown on unfair practices in the energy and telecoms market. It also reiterated our approach to continue to bring down the deficit.

The Government will also continue to build a world-class education system by ensuring every child has the opportunity to attend a good school and that all schools are fairly funded; work towards a new Mental Health Act, giving greater rights for those experiencing mental health problems; and - importantly work to address the challenges of social care for our ageing population, bringing forward proposals for consultation to build widespread support.

The Government has committed to meet the 2 per cent NATO defence spending commitment to keep the UK safe but as we have sadly seen with the recent attacks, the country faces an unprecedented threat from terrorism. In light of that our counter-terrorism strategy will also be reviewed to make sure the police and security services have all the powers they need to protect our country.

For a full list of measures set out in the Queen's Speech, please see here - https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/queens-speech-2017

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