Boris Johnson has outlined his government’s agenda for the next UK parliamentary session, with a packed programme of legislation that prioritises completing Brexit on January 31 and improving public services.
The Queen’s Speech on Thursday included 29 bills designed to “focus on the people’s priorities” and “level up” opportunity across the UK.
After securing an 80-seat House of Commons majority, the prime minister set out his plans for what he hopes will be a two-term government.
“Our ambition is nothing short of a complete transformation of our country for the better,” he said on Thursday. “I am humbled by the trust millions of voters placed in this government last week. The work to repay that trust starts here.”
Measures announced include a National Health Service funding bill that will require the government to keep its promise to provide a £33.9bn annual increase in the NHS budget by 2023-24.
Thursday’s ceremony was stripped of some of its usual pomp given the Queen announced much of Mr Johnson’s legislative programme in October, shortly before the general election was called. The monarch arrived in a car rather than a carriage, and wore a hat instead of a crown.
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