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

3 June 2014

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 packed and exciting legislative agenda? Here’s a guide to what to expect tomorrow.

Freedom for pensioners

Following on from George Osborne’s announcement in this year’s budget, two pension bills are expected in the Queen’s Speech. One will pave the way for Dutch-style ‘collective pension funds’, as opposed to purely individual funds at present. The notion behind these funds is to spread the risk and offer better value for pensioners. The second bill will allow people to withdraw their savings in a lump sum, to purchase a Lamborghini for example.

Trebles all around

As we’ve seen from Nick and Vince’s trip to the boozer morning, the Lib Dems have successfully lobbied for better rights for landlords. A new code of conduct will be introduced for pub owners, particularly protecting landlords associated with large pub chains. A new independent ombudsman (Ofpub?) will be introduced to enforce this code, carry out any arbitration and fine pubs who break the new code.

Out kipping Ukip on immigration

In response to the recent success of Ukip, the Sunday Telegraph reported plans will be outlined in the Queen’s Speech for new, tougher immigration laws. Some of the measures include discouraging British-based companies from employing cheaper foreign workers, deporting Europeans who are still unemployed after six months as well as a new ‘wealth test’ targeting those from the poorest EU countries — all apparently a taster of what will come in the next Conservative manifesto. The Prime Minister has described the plans as ‘strong immigration laws to foil Ukip’.

Ending modern slavery

As predicted by Fraser last August, a Modern Slavery Bill will be introduced to give tougher prison sentences — up from 14 years to life — for human traffickers. The police will get more powers and a modern slavery commissioner will be set up.

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Total recall

Zac Goldsmith’s dream may finally come true – a recall bill is rumoured, which will partially follow through on the Coalition’s original promise to allow voters to sack MPs. It’s apt timing, given the Newark by-election on Thursday as a result of Patrick Mercer’s resignation. The Conservatives took the Lib Dems by surprise a few months ago, demanding that the recall should be in this year’s speech after previously ditching the idea.

No more heroes?

For members worried about the repercussions of helping in accidents, fear no more. A ‘Heroism Bill’ will be introduced to protect members of the public rushing to help in accidents or rescuing people from harm from legal action.

Clamping down on criminal renters

New plans will be laid out in the Queen’s Speech to clamp down on leasing premises to criminal gangs. Landlords will be liable for ‘participation in an organised crime group’ and may face a prison sentence of up to five years.

Slashing red tape

As James reported in his Mail on Sunday column, a small business bill will push forward David Cameron’s desire to cut red tape and make it easer for small businesses to grow. An ‘Appeals Champion’ will be named to protect businesses against overreaching regulators.

Closing the revolving door

Senior civil servants, quangocrats, top officials and NHS executives will be unable to take highly-paid redundancies and returning to the same firm within a year.

It’s shale time

An infrastructure bill will include two main elements — allowing house builders to ignore zero-carbon targets (by paving a levy) and pushing forward with shale gas drilling. The shale element will allow exploration firms to drill under private land without permission of the owner. Expect plenty of anger if this proposal goes through.

Stay at work parents

Another win for Nick Clegg — who is reportedly keen to stamp his influence on this week’s Queen’s Speech — tax free childcare will be introduced for families where both parents are working, worth up to £2,000 per child.

Eurosceptic interference

As Isabel revealed yesterday, some eurosceptic Conservatives are considering tabling an amendment to the Queen’s Speech bemoaning the lack of an EU referendum bill. Although such an amendment would cause less trouble than last year’s motion tabled by Peter Bone and John Baron, No.10 won’t be very happy with another EU-related distraction.

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  • davidhill

    Just two reasons not to trust your friendly politician.
    Shale Gas Fracking – just another big Con on the British People that will create more problems eventually than any so-called benefits? –

    Successive Governments have allowed our national security in terms of energy to fall into foreign hands – in centuries gone by they would have been tried and hanged for Treason –

  • Peter Stroud

    Looks like a fairly reasonable agenda, bearing in mind the short timescale.

  • Peter Stroud

    Looks like a fairly reasonable agenda, bearing in mind the short timescale.

  • john

    When will Britain join the 21st century? It’s not the Queens speech, it’s the Prime Ministers. Why do we need silly medieval ritual around opening the country’s Parliament? Why the carriages, fol-de-rols and other nonesense. It’s all just designed to make sure we know who’s in charge – (hint) it isn’t us. Nobody on earth dresses up as medieval courtiers like we do!

  • Lucy Sky Diamonds

    The Prime Minister has described the plans as ‘strong immigration laws to foil Ukip’


    • Airey Belvoir

      A very good point,Lucy!

      • Alexsandr

        good to see a party with no MP’s writing part of the queens speech.

  • Smithersjones2013

    Out kipping Ukip on immigration

    The only thing that will shoot UKIP’s fox on immigration is if the Tory Government announce they will implement immigration quotas on EU immigration. Given Brussels will never countenance that UKIP cannot be ‘out kipped’ (what infantile phraseology from little Seb)

    Total recall

    So who do the betting companies reckon will be the first to be recalled? Clegg? Cameron? Osborne? Balls? Miliband?

    It’s shale time

    Thats the rest of the Tories South Eastern heartlands south of the Thames (North and West Kent, Sussex, Hampshire) disrupted (given the eastern coastal region is becoming UKIP’s heartland). The Tories sure know how to cripple their electoral chances

  • DaveTheRave

    Oh, dear! Can’t you just tell an election is coming? It’s all bluff and bluster – I’ll do my bit by voting Ukip next May, WHATEVER the LibLabCon shower put out there.

  • southerner

    No point Liz getting dressed up for that shower of sh1te. Could cover it in a tweet.

    • Hexhamgeezer

      She should have had the black cap on top of the crown.

  • Denis_Cooper

    “The Prime Minister has described the plans as ‘strong immigration laws to foil Ukip’.”

    Are you sure you want to publish that revealing insight into Cameron’s mentality, that he is only in favour of strong immigration laws because of UKIP?

    • the viceroy’s gin

      …and the Cameroons wonder why the electorate thinks they are a bunch of unprincipled lightweights, and are waiting to see the back of them.

      • southerner

        That would suggest a level of self awareness in the Camerluvvies but they have none at all.

  • UniteAgainstSocialism

    Vote UKIP

    • Hello


      • UniteAgainstSocialism

        Because the LibLabCons are the parties of racists allowing uncontrolled white immigration from europe yet making it impossible for black and brown people to come here. I hate racists, thats why i vote UKIP.

        Dont be racist – Vote UKIP

        • Hello

          Hmmm…tenuous, Herr Doktor.

          • UniteAgainstSocialism

            whatever comrad. have a nice day

            • Hello

              Well, don’t get grumpy. You said “Vote Ukip”, I asked why — pretty reasonable, I think — and you can’t give an answer, just some poor attempt to smear all the other parties.

              • UniteAgainstSocialism

                yawn – oh my, you are boring arent you?

  • johnbarnes

    Dire. Get them out as soon as possible.

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