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The Queen delivered a One Nation Queen’s Speech from a One Nation Government. With the strengthening economy moving in the right direction, we can be ambitious in our plans to deliver for the hardworking people of Britain.

Strengthening our national security to keep our country safe is the first duty of Government. We cannot extend opportunity or help working people if our country is not safe. So this is a Queen’s speech that invests in Britain’s armed forces, honouring our NATO commitment to spend two per cent of GDP on defence. To support global stability and prevent new threats to our security, we will also meet our commitment on international development spending. And in an ever more dangerous and unstable world, where the threats to our country are increasing not diminishing, we will secure the long-term future of our nuclear deterrent and give our security and intelligence agencies the powers they need to keep us safe.

Bill of Rights

This Bill will support and reinforce Britain’s long-standing commitment to human rights and restore common sense to the way human rights law is applied. It will include:

  • Measures to reform and modernise the UK human rights framework.
  • Protections against abuse of the system and misuse of human rights laws.

Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill

This Bill gives law enforcement agencies new powers to protect vulnerable people – including children – from those who seek to brainwash them with extremism propaganda so we build a stronger society around our shared liberal values of tolerance and respect. It will include:

  • Stronger powers to disrupt extremists and protect the public.
  • Powers to intervene in intensive unregulated education settings which teach hate and drive communities apart.
  • A new civil order regime to restrict extremist activity, following consultation.

Criminal Finances Bill

This Bill will cement the UK’s leading role in the fight against international corruption crack down on money laundering and people profiting from crime, so that we root out corruption. It will include:

  • Measures to reform proceeds of crime legislation to allow the Government to recoup more illicit income.
  • A new criminal offence for corporations that fail to stop staff facilitating tax evasion.
  • New rules to toughen the UK’s anti-money laundering regime.

Policing and Crime Bill

This Bill is the next phase in our reform of the police, reforming out-of-date complaints and disciplinary procedures, so we increase public confidence in the people who keep us safe. It will include:

  • A new duty to collaborate on all three emergency services, to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • New authority for chief officers to designate wider powers on police staff and volunteers, so they can make best use of their workforce.
  • A stronger oversight role for PCCs over local complaints, giving them an explicit responsibility for ensuring the effective and efficient delivery of the local police complaints system, and extending HM Inspector of Constabulary’s remit to enable it to inspect private contractors.

Investigatory Powers Bill

This Bill will fill holes in our security apparatus so that we give law enforcement agencies the tools they need to protect the public in the digital age, while building confidence in the public that powers are operated sensibly. It includes:

  • Plugging gaps in the abilities of law enforcement agencies to monitor people’s online communications when investigating crime or terrorism.
  • Tough new safeguards for the use of investigatory powers.
  • Establishing a world-leading oversight regime of law enforcement agencies and the security services.

This is our legislative programme: to give working people security in their personal and professional lives; to increase the live chances for the most disadvantaged in our society; and to strengthen our national security to keep us all safer. We’ve set challenging, but achievable goals, using the strong foundations of our economy to make a series of bold choices that will improve lives across the country. It is a One Nation Queen’s speech from a progressive, One Nation, Conservative Government.

The Queen delivered a One Nation Queen’s Speech from a One Nation Government. With the strengthening economy moving in the right direction, we can be ambitious in our plans to deliver for the hardworking people of Britain.

Increasing life chances for the most disadvantaged is at the heart of this Queen’s Speech. We will carry out bold reforms that tackle some of the deepest social problems in our country and remove all barriers to opportunity. Giving children in care the best possible start in life by tackling state failure, so children in care are not doomed to a life of poverty. There are reforms to schools, so excellence that comes with more teacher freedom is spread to every community. There is an expansion of higher education, so just as we uncapped the number of student places we now encourage the new universities that will help educate the next generation. And because this Government sees the potential in everyone, we will finally undertake the long-overdue change that our prisons need. No longer will they be warehouses for criminals; we want them to be incubators of changed and reformed lives. This is a Queen’s speech aimed at giving everyone in our country the chance to get on.

Children and Social Work Bill

This Bill aims to tackle state failure and transform the outcomes of children in care, so that we give all of them the hope of a better life. It will include:

  • Changes to the considerations that courts must take into account in adoption decisions, tipping the balance in favour of permanent adoption where that is the right thing for the child - helping to give children stability.
  • A new system of regulating social workers by setting up a specialist regulator for the profession with a clear focus on driving improvement and introducing more demanding professional standards.
  • A new statutory ‘care leavers covenant’ to make sure local authorities set out clearly their entitlements – including housing, jobs and healthcare.

Education for All Bill

This Bill is the next phase of our transformation of education, extending the principles of freedom and accountability across the country so that we encourage excellence everywhere and give every child the best start in life. It will include:

  • New laws to expand the academies programme in the poorest performing local authority areas.
  • A new funding formula to deliver fair funding for every school and pupil in the country.
  • Measures to make schools accountable for the provision and progress of excluded pupils so that those currently let down by the system are given an excellent education.

Higher Education and Research Bill

This Bill introduces the biggest supply-side reforms to the higher education sector for a quarter of a century, so that we open more universities and give more young people - from all backgrounds – the opportunity to go to university. It will include:

  • Measures to make it easier for new high quality universities to open, boosting competition to improve teaching quality.
  • Reform of university funding that will link funding for universities to the quality of teaching rather than student numbers, with graduate employment prospects tracked so students can be sure they are getting value for money.
  • New requirements on all universities to publish detailed information about application, offer and progression rates, broken down by ethnicity, gender and socio-economic background. This will shine a spotlight on universities that need to go further and faster on social mobility and spur further action to ensure all institutions reach out to reach out to disadvantaged groups.

Prisons and Courts Reform Bill

This Bill represents the biggest reform of our prisons since Victorian times, ensuring they are not just a place of punishment but also rehabilitation, so everyone has the chance to get on the right track and we show as a society we believe in the best in everyone. It will include:

  • New powers for Prison Governors to allow them unprecedented levels of control over all aspects of prison management.
  • A complete overhaul of education, health and training to improve the life chances of every offender.
  • New performance measures to assess prisons’ current performance, long-term direction and progress.

Lifetime Savings Bill

This Bill helps people to save and make plans for the future, so we build the financial resilience and security of people across the country – especially the young and those on low incomes. It will include:

  • The new Help to Save scheme, which will help those from low incomes build up their savings. Workers in receipt of working tax credits or Universal Credit who save up to £50 a month receiving a Government bonus of 50% - to a maximum of £600 – after two years.
  • A new Lifetime ISA for young people, with a Government top up bonus of 25% on all savings up to £4,000 a year.

National Citizen Service Bill

This Bill will see the expansion of the Government’s hugely successful National Citizen Service so more young people can mix with people of other backgrounds, and learn what it means to serve their community. It will include:

  • A new statutory framework to deliver the programme, which will benefit from a £1.2 billion cash injection.
  • A new duty on schools and local authorities to promote the scheme to all young people and their parents.

This is our legislative programme: to give working people security in their personal and professional lives; to increase the live chances for the most disadvantaged in our society; and to strengthen our national security to keep us all safer. We’ve set challenging, but achievable goals, using the strong foundations of our economy to make a series of bold choices that will improve lives across the country. It is a One Nation Queen’s speech from a progressive, One Nation, Conservative Government.

The Queen delivered a One Nation Queen’s Speech from a One Nation Government. With the strengthening economy moving in the right direction, we can be ambitious in our plans to deliver for the hardworking people of Britain.

Security for working people is the next step in our long-term economic plan for our country. Whether it is continuing to bring the public finances under control so that Britain lives within its means or delivering the infrastructure that British business needs to carry on creating jobs. To help create jobs, we will make our country a world leader in the digital economy, with new obligations on broadband providers to make sure everyone in Britain has access to an affordable high speed internet connection. To back business, we will make sure Britain has first-class infrastructure, especially when it comes to the transport of the future. To support aspiration and promote home ownership, we will meet our commitment to build a million new homes across the country by reforming planning. And because we want to make sure every part of our country shares in our rising prosperity, we will legislate for a dramatic devolution of power to local areas, giving them complete control over business rate revenues to use as they wish to stimulate economic growth.

Digital Economy Bill

This Bill will modernise our climate for enterprise, making sure Britain remains at the forefront of the global 21st century economy so that our businesses continue to create jobs and our families remain financially secure. It will include:

  • Giving every household a legal right to a fast broadband connection.
  • New laws to help telecommunications providers build the infrastructure needed for faster broadband and better mobile networks.
  • Allowing consumers to be automatically compensated when things go wrong with their broadband service.
  • Closing loopholes so that Ofcom can continue to protect consumers who watch internet-streamed television content from outside the EU on Freeview.

Modern Transport Bill

This Bill will put Britain at the forefront of the modern transport revolution, so that we create new jobs and fuel economic growth around the country. It will include:

  • Legislation to enable the future development of the UK’s first commercial spaceports.
  • New laws to make the UK ready to pioneer driverless cars.
  • New rules to bring safe commercial and personal drone flight for households and businesses a step closer.

Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill

This Bill will reform planning and give local communities more power and control to shape their own area so that we build more houses and give everyone who works hard the chance to buy their own home. It will include:

  • Measures to reform and speed up the planning process by minimising delays caused by pre-commencement planning conditions.
  • A new statutory basis for the independent National Infrastructure Commission, to help invest in Britain’s long-term future.
  • Streamlined processes supporting neighbourhoods to come together to agree plans that will decide where things get built in their local area.

Local Growth and Jobs Bill

This Bill is the biggest change in local finance for decades, giving local authorities full control of the money they raise through business rates, so they can attract business and investment to their local areas. It will include:

  • A transfer of up to £13 billion to councils through allowing them to retain 100% of the business rates they collect.
  • New measures to allow combined authority mayors to levy business rate supplements in order to fund infrastructure projects where there is the support of local business.

This is our legislative programme: to give working people security in their personal and professional lives; to increase the live chances for the most disadvantaged in our society; and to strengthen our national security to keep us all safer. We’ve set challenging, but achievable goals, using the strong foundations of our economy to make a series of bold choices that will improve lives across the country. It is a One Nation Queen’s speech from a progressive, One Nation, Conservative Government.

Today the Queen delivered a One Nation Queen’s Speech from a One Nation Government. When we came to office in 2010, our urgent task was to get the British economy going again. With the strengthening economy moving in the right direction, we can be ambitious in our plans to deliver for the hardworking people of Britain.

Security for working people is the next step in our long-term economic plan for our country. Whether it is continuing to bring the public finances under control so that Britain lives within its means or delivering the infrastructure that British business needs to carry on creating jobs. To help create jobs, we will make our country a world leader in the digital economy, with new obligations on broadband providers to make sure everyone in Britain has access to an affordable high speed internet connection. To back business, we will make sure Britain has first-class infrastructure, especially when it comes to the transport of the future. To support aspiration and promote home ownership, we will build a million new homes across the country by reforming planning. And because we want to make sure every part of our country shares in our rising prosperity, we will legislate for a dramatic devolution of power to local areas, giving them complete control over business rate revenues to use as they wish to stimulate economic growth.

These reforms will help people get on. But to spread life chances to everyone, we have to go further in tackling the barriers to opportunity. With this Government, the number of people living in poverty has fallen; the number of students from low income backgrounds going to university has risen, and hope has returned to communities that were once written off. But there are still too many people left behind – and they need deeper, more intensive help.

Increasing life chances for the most disadvantaged is at the heart of this Queen’s speech. We will carry out bold reforms to tackle some of the deepest social problems in our country and remove all barriers to opportunity. We will give children in care the best possible start in life by tackling state failure, so children in care are not doomed to a life of poverty. There are reforms to schools, so excellence that comes with more teacher freedom is spread to every community. There is an expansion of higher education, so just as we uncapped the number of student places we now encourage the new universities that will help educate the next generation. And because this Government sees the potential in everyone, we will finally undertake the long-overdue change that our prisons need. No longer will they be warehouses for criminals; we want them to be incubators of changed and reformed lives. This is a Queen’s Speech aimed at giving everyone in our country the chance to get on.

Strengthening our national security to keep our country safe is the first duty of Government. We cannot extend opportunity or help working people if our country is not safe. So this is a Queen’s Speech that invests in Britain’s armed forces, honouring our NATO commitment to spend two per cent of GDP on defence. To support global stability and prevent new threats to our security, we will also meet our commitment on international development spending. And in an ever more dangerous and unstable world, where the threats to our country are increasing not diminishing, we will secure the long-term future of our nuclear deterrent and give our security and intelligence agencies the powers they need to keep us safe.

This is our legislative programme: to give working people security in their personal and professional lives; to increase the live chances for the most disadvantaged in our society; and to strengthen our national security to keep us all safer. We’ve set challenging, but achievable goals, using the strong foundations of our economy to make a series of bold choices that will improve lives across the country. It is a One Nation Queen’s Speech from a progressive, One Nation, Conservative Government.

After months of hard work, Thursday 5th May is finally here. Without your help and support we would not have had such an enthusiastic campaign and I am incredibly grateful.

Because of you, Conservative candidates will be elected to serve their local area. And that means thousands of people across our country will now get the strong, competent leadership that Conservatives only can deliver.

In the coming years, I hope that we can continue to count on your support.

Vote Conservative today to secure a better and brighter future for Britain. Polls are open TODAY from 7am - 10pm. 

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Ahead of tonight's final #LeadersDebate on BBC Scotland at 8pm, here are the facts of the Scottish Parliament election.

  1. The SNP are set to win, risking a new drive for independence: The SNP has become complacent and is more interested in holding another referendum than in making our hospitals and schools better.
  2. Labour are in a mess, riddled with incompetence and weak leadership:Labour have taken Scotland for granted for far too long. Their infighting, incompetence and weak leadership means they cannot provide the opposition that Scotland needs.
  3. Labour and the Lib Dems have both dropped their opposition to independence: What’s worse is that Scottish Labour and theScottish Liberal Democrats have now dropped their opposition to independence. That means they can’t hold the SNP to account and ensure they focus on the issues that matter – like schools, hospitals and family pay packets.
  4. Only Ruth Davidson can provide a strong opposition to hold the SNP to account. Full stop.

Itt is clear that Ruth Davidson is the ONLY leader with a plan to keep the SNP in check and make them focus on the issues that matter to Scotland.

Join the Twitter conversation during tonight’s debate by using #LeadersDebate and #TeamRuth to show your support.

New figures show that crime in England and Wales has fallen by 32% since 2010, to its lowest level ever.

By continuing to cut crime, Conservatives have shown that they can keep communities safer and more secure whilst at the same time taking the difficult decisions to make Britain fit for the future.

In the last three and a half years our Police and Crime Commissioners have shown that they are vital to making local communities safer. PCCs have the ability to hire and fire chief constables, set local priorities, and they oversee budgets of hundreds of millions of pounds.

And so with crime now at its lowest level ever, you can help secure the future of our country by voting for a Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner on Thursday 5th May.


Voters across the country will soon choose their local representatives for the next four years. These are the people who will provide a strong opposition to the SNP in Scotland, work to deliver real change for Wales, ensure local councils deliver value for taxpayers’ money in England, work with the local police as Police and Crime Commissioners and stand up for Londoners as their next Mayor.

And if you’ve applied to vote early by post, you’ll either have received your ballot – or will be receiving it over the next few days.

The elections are crucial because the alternative is a serious threat to both our national and economic security. On Friday 6th May people across Britain could wake up to find their local area being run by a Labour Party whose leader wants to abolish our Armed Forces, get rid of our nuclear deterrent, put up income tax on hardworking people and print money to pay for public services.

So if you have a postal vote, please do complete and return it today.

And just as important – help spread the word among your friends and family. Every single vote will matter in this crucial election.