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Liberal Democratic Party: Liberal Democrat policies announced in Queen’s Speech

A large number of Liberal Democrat policies were announced in today’s Queen’s Speech, including the party’s major priorities: fair taxes, a fair start for children, a green and sustainable economy, and a comprehensive clean up of politics.

The policies include:

  • Making the tax and benefits system fairer and simpler, including a significant increase in the personal allowance and an ambition to increase it to £10,000

  • Restoring the earnings link to pensions

  • Greater freedoms for teachers over the curriculum

  • Measures to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses

  • Support for low carbon energy production

  • Financial services regulation to learn the lessons of the financial crisis

  • Fixed term parliaments of five years

  • A referendum on the Alternative Vote

  • The right to sack MPs guilty of serious misconduct

  • Reform of party funding 

  • Moving towards a wholly or partly elected House of Lords, elected by proportional representation

  • A Bill to restore freedoms and civil liberties, through the abolition of Identity Cards and repeal of unnecessary laws

  • Giving greater powers to councils and giving neighbourhoods and communities more control over planning and housing decisions

  • Ending child detention 

  • Fair compensation for Equitable Life victims

  • Enabling the creation of a national high speed rail network

  • The modernisation of the Royal Mail

  • Flexible working and promotion of equal pay

  • Strengthening the voices of patients and the role of doctors in the NHS

  • A commission on long-term reform of social care

  • Cutting Quangos and government bureaucracy

  • Implementing the recommendations of the Calman Commission

  • A referendum on further powers for the Welsh Assembly

A full list of Bills and other items from the Queen’s Speech is available here.


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