21 Jun 2017

What was left out of Queen’s Speech?

Political Editor

This was a Queen’s Speech more notable for what it didn’t say than what it did. The list of bills contains remarkably few of the Government’s flagship manifesto pledges. It is dominated by Brexit – eight bills are promised – but without much detail.  Also unveiled: bills to protect victims of domestic abuse, a ban on letting fees for rented homes, and more measures to combat terrorism,including a new commission for countering extremism. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called it “threadbare”, Theresa May conceded her minority administration would govern with “humility”.