The Queen was forced to reel off a list of Boris Johnson ’s election promises today as the monarch reopened Parliament.
The Prime Minister pledged to make Britain “the greatest place on Earth” as the 93-year-old sovereign carried out the State Opening.
And reeling off a speech written for her by Mr Johnson and his ministers, she had to repeat the PM's increasingly unlikely promise to take Britain out of the EU by October 31.
Plans to boost animal welfare, create an Office for Veterans Affairs and push through what Mr Johnson dubbed a “momentous new Environment Bill – a lodestar by which we will guide our country towards a cleaner and greener future” were among 22 Bills unveiled.
Other legislation includes a long-delayed shake-up of social care, tougher sentences for the most serious criminals and confirmation of two Mirror victories on banning imports from trophy hunting and on Helen’s Law, which will mean killers who refuse to reveal where they hid victims will be denied parole.
The move comes after a campaign by Marie McCourt, mother of Helen McCourt who vanished in February 1988 aged 22.
Her murderer was convicted but has refused to say where he hid her body.
The Queen said: "New sentencing laws will see that the most serious offenders spend longer in custody to reflect better the severity of their crimes."
A Sentencing Bill will change the automatic release point from halfway to two thirds for adult offenders serving sentences of four years or more for serious violence or sexual offences.
At the same time ministers are preparing to rush through a bill to ratify any Brexit deal Mr Johnson is able to agree this week in Brussels in time for Britain to leave on the EU on October 31.
In an introduction to Queen’s Speech, the PM also promised “one of the greatest eras of infrastructure investment in everything from rail to roads to gigabit broadband” as he aimed to “get the gears on our national gearbox working again” after Brexit.
But the pomp and ceremony of the traditional State Opening, amid tight security and foul weather , triggered fury that Her Majesty was being exploited for political purposes as the Tories gear up for an expected election.
Mr Johnson has a majority of minus 43 and is extremely unlikely to win crunch votes on the Queen’s Speech next week, potentially setting the stage for another ballot – and meaning the address is more of a political broadcast than setting the parliamentary agenda.
Jeremy Corbyn has branded the speech a "party political broadcast from the steps of the throne".
On Sunday he told Sky News it was "utterly ludicrous" for the PM so be setting out his proposals when he is running a "Government that is now in minus 40" and which "hasn't yet won a vote in Parliament"
The Government will also bring back the Domestic Abuse Bill which fell as a result of Mr Johnson's unlawful suspension of Parliament last month.
Ministers had already announced plans to protect holidaymakers from being stranded abroad if airlines go under, which was in the Queen's Speech.
The monarch also announced proposals for the "revolutionary reform" of Britain's railways.
It is believed this includes proposals to scrap the rail franchising system, the contracting out of services introduced when the rail system was privatised in the 1990s, and replacing it with a “new commercial model.”
Mr Johnson is promising to deliver on a pledge by his predecessor Theresa May to ensure all tips are paid to waiting staff following an outcry that some major restaurant chains – such as Giraffe and Prezzo – were keeping as much as 10% of tips paid by card.
The Employment (Allocation of Tips) Bill will put a legal obligation on restaurateurs to "pass on all trips, gratuities and services charges to workers without deductions".
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