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This historic week at Westminster kicked off with the Queen’s Speech this morning. The purpose of the speech is to outline the government’s legislative intentions for the next session of parliament. But since Boris Johnson has no parliamentary majority to pass legislation, in that respect it was largely cosmetic. It was instead a precursor to a Conservative manifesto for the election the Tories hope is coming soon.
Based on the Speech, we can assume the Conservative Party will run on a platform of being tough on crime (they announced proposals to increase sentences for certain violent crimes, for example); big on spending (more money for schools and the NHS, but little policy detail beyond that); and pro increasing the UK’s environmental commitments.