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Five things you need to know about the Queen’s Speech

The Queen's Speech, the last before next year’s General Election, took place today at Westminster with the usual display of pomp, ceremony and men in tights

By Jay Elwes  

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It’s still all about the economy

Hearing HM talk about how the government will “deliver on its long-term plan,” is somewhat jarring: such management consultant speak does not sit well in the regal larynx. Still, the Office for Budget Responsibility, which monitors the government’s spending plans, is getting an upgraded charter. Fuel duty will be frozen, the personal allowance raised, marriage will be recognised in the tax code, a “de-regulation target will be introduced and penalties for employers who don’t…

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