Cameron gives Queen’s Speech rave reviews

Prime Minister David Cameron has
hailed the Queen’s Speech as a “radical programme for a radical

The 22 Bills include plans for
major reform of schools, police, welfare and Britain’s political system.

But cutting the deficit remains the
Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition’s “first priority”.

Labour’s acting leader Harriet
Harman said the programme, which reflects compromises between the Tories and
Lib Dems, put economic recovery at risk.

It is the first time in the Queen’s
reign she has set out a coalition government’s legislative programme.

Unveiling the proposals earlier in
the House of Lords, the 57th time she has done so during her reign, the Queen
said: “My government’s legislative programme will be based upon the
principles of freedom, fairness and responsibility.”

Flagship measures include scrapping
ID cards and the next generation of biometric passports and a Freedom (Great
Repeal) Bill – regulating the retention of DNA and the use of CCTV cameras.

In his first major speech at the
Commons despatch box since becoming prime minister, Mr Cameron attacked the
“appalling mess” he said the previous Labour government had left
behind and hailed the Queen’s Speech as “a new start for Britain”.

He told MPs: “This Queen’s
Speech marks an end to the years of recklessness and big government and the
beginning of the years of responsibility and good government.

“It takes the deficit head-on,
it shows the world that Britain is re-opening for business, it tackles the
causes of our social problems, it means better schools for our children, real
hope for those out of work, a stronger NHS for everyone and it means a
Parliament that belongs to the people not the politicians.”

Labour’s acting leader Harriet
Harman, who spoke before him in the Commons from the opposition benches, said
Labour would “not oppose for the sake of it” but neither would it
“pull its punches”.

She said: “We will be determined
to prevent unfairness. We will speak up for the public services that matter. We
will be vigilant in protecting jobs and businesses.”

There will now be several
days of debate in the Commons over the plans.