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Queen sets out UK government agenda

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Queen sets out UK government agenda


The British monarch Queen Elizabeth has delivered the new policy agenda of prime minister David Cameron’s coalition government.

Laced with traditional pomp and circumstance the ceremony ushered in a new political era and came only a day after the government announced plans to cut public spending by more than 7 billion euros in this year.

‘‘The first priority is to reduce the deficit and restore economic growth. Action will be taken to accelerate the reduction of the structural budget deficit. A new office for budget responsibility will provide confidence in the management of the public finances,’‘ announced the Queen.

Other policy measures include parliaments with fixed five year terms and a referendum on changes to the voting system, a key Liberal Democrat demand. It is the 56th state opening of parliament by the Queen during her reign.

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