Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Queen’s speech ushers in new UK parliament

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LONDON – Queen Elizabeth unveiled the British government’s plans for the next term of parliament in a speech delivered at the House of Lords.

In what would have normally been a pompous ceremony filled with royal regalia, this year’s Queen Speech was a muted event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, delivered to a quiet chamber of about 74 people including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour party leader Keir Starmer.

“My lords and members of the House of Commons. My Government’s priority is to deliver a national recovery from the pandemic that makes the United Kingdom stronger, healthier and more prosperous than before,” the queen said in her opening statement.

“To achieve this, my Government will level up opportunities across all parts of the United Kingdom, supporting jobs, businesses and economic growth and addressing the impact of the pandemic on public services,” she added.

Unveiling Johnson’s new proposed laws for the coming term, the head of state said her government’s aim is to “level up opportunities” across the UK and to deliver a national recovery plan that will lift the population out of the despairs of the pandemic and onto a path of progress and development.

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