'We will not waste a single moment': Cameron
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David Cameron today signalled he will drive through a raft of controversial new laws within months as he seeks the capitalise on his political honeymoon after forming the first Tory government for two decades.

The Prime Minister told MPs he 'will not waste a single moment with getting on with the task' of reshaping Britain, cutting tax, boosting home ownership, curbing the powers of trade unions and staging a referendum on leaving the European Union.

He pledged to 'build something special' as the Queen officially announced his One Nation vision for governing the country for the next 12 months.

Laying out plans for tax cuts, home ownership and free childcare, the Prime Minister said he now had the mandate to 'get on and do it', after securing the first Tory majority since 1992.


In Her Majesty's 'most gracious speech to Parliament' this morning, she said the government 'will legislate in the interests of everyone in the country'.

In an ambitious programme of laws to be passed in the next 12 months, Mr Cameron held out the promise of 'a good education, a decent job, a home of your own and a secure retirement'.
It includes a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, a fresh crackdown on illegal immigration, tougher strike laws, legal changes to unions funding the Labour party and new powers for Britain's spies and police to target terrorists, extremists and paedophiles.
But a row erupted after it emerged a Tory promise to scrap the Human Rights Act has been delayed, fearing it could be scuppered by a rebellion by some backbench Conservatives.
The State Opening of Parliament sees the Queen travel from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament in one of the great occasions of the political calendar.

It is the 62nd time during her reign that the Queen has delivered a speech setting out the laws and reforms of the government of the day.

Sitting on the throne in the Houses of Lords, the Queen said: 'My government will legislate in the interests of everyone in the country.


'It will adopt a One Nation approach, helping working people get on, supporting aspiration, giving new opportunities to the most disadvantaged and bringing different parts of our country together.'
The first fully Conservative Queen's Speech in almost 20 years included:

The promise of full employment, including 2million more jobs and 3million extra apprenticeships
No income tax paid on the minimum wage, and a law ruling out income tax, national insurance an VAT rises before 2020

A major programme of house building, with 1.3million social housing tenants able to buy their own home and 20,000 cut-price Starter Homes for young first time buyers
Major welfare reforms, including cutting the amount which can be claimed in benefits to £23,000 while banning under-21s from living a life on welfare

New tax raising and spending powers for Scotland, countered with a new pledge to ensure English votes for English laws

A referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, to be held before the end of 2017
A new assault on trade unions, making it harder for them to call industrial action and forcing union members to declare that they are happy to pay some of their subs to towards the political levy which supports Labour

Mr Cameron hopes to use today's ceremony to seize the political initiative while his opponents are still licking their wounds from their election defeat.
The Prime Minister is reclaiming the 'One Nation' slogan briefly adopted by Labour under Ed Miliband to promise 'security and opportunity for everyone'. He said the legislative programme was 'challenging but doable, optimistic but realistic'.

'It's the bold first step of a One Nation Government – a Government for working people. And this is the Britain we're setting out to create: a Britain where you can get a decent job, have a good education, buy a home of your own, have dignity when you retire, and feel safe and secure throughout your life,' Mr Cameron added.

With this Queen's Speech we're going to get on and do it – for every single person in this great nation
Prime Minister David Cameron
'In the last Parliament we laid the foundations for that; in this Parliament we will use them to build something special.
'We've now got the majority we need. With this Queen's Speech we're going to get on and do it – for every single person in this great nation.'
The packed agenda of 26 bills - plus one in draft form - is aimed squarely at blue-collar voters, with a heavy focus on tax cuts, home ownership and help for parents, pensioners and savers.
By contrast a promised vote on repealing the Hunting Act was not included, fearing it would send the wrong message about Tory priorities after Mr Cameron secured a slim overall majority in this month's general election.
A law will be passed to ensure that as the minimum wage rises, the point at which income tax kicks in will also increase.

It will mean that anyone working 30 hours a week on the minimum wage will pay no income tax. Taking the personal allowance to £12,500 will benefit 30million people, Downing Street said.
Chancellor George Osborne is expected to use a Budget in July to also promise to increase the 40p tax threshold to £50,000 to ease the tax burden on the middle classes.
The Queen's Speech also includes a new law ruling out increases in VAT, income tax or National Insurance rates for the next five years.


Working parents will be promised help with childcare, with free care for 3 and 4-year-olds doubling to 30 hours per week.
The government commits to creating 2million more jobs as part of its ambition for full employment, including the creation of 3million more apprenticeships.
'There should be a job for everyone who wants one – in other words, full employment,' Mr Cameron said.

'To help people get those jobs,we'll train them up; three million more will start apprenticeships over the next five years.'
A Full Employment and Welfare Bill will provide young people with the skills and experience they need to find work and not begin a life on benefits.

The benefit cap limiting the amount which can be claimed in state handouts will be lowered to £23,000, while working age benefits, tax credits and child benefit will be frozen for two years.
But Mr Osborne is under pressure to spell out how he will raise £12billion in welfare cuts when he delivers the Budget on July 8.
An Enterprise Bill promises to cut £10billion of red-tape for business, making it easier for small firms to secure prompt payment from customers and overhaul business rates.
The Right To Buy scheme first introduced by Margaret Thatcher will be relaunched to allow 1.3million people in housing association properties to buy their own home with a large discount.

A Housing Bill will also include 20,000 Starter Homes for young first-time buyers offered at a 20 per cent discount on their market value and promise to bring brownfield sites into use while speeding up the planning system.

Scotland is to get major new powers promised in the run up to last year's independence referendum, making Holyrood one of the most devolved parliaments in the world.
It includes giving Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon power on income tax and spending. For the first time, more than half of all money spent by the Scottish government will be raised by the Scottish Parliament.
Holyrood will set income tax rates, keep the first 10 per cent of VAT raised in Scotland and have control over £2.5billion in welfare spending. As part of a trade-off ordered by Mr Cameron, changes will also be made to ensure 'English votes for English laws'.

'These changes will create fairer procedures to ensure that decisions affecting England, or England and Wales, can be taken only with the consent of the majority of Members of Parliament representing constituencies in those parts of our United Kingdom,' the Queen said.
Major cities in England will also get new powers if they opt to have a powerful directly-elected Mayor, like Boris Johnson in London.


A European Union Referendum Bill promises to renegotiate Britain's membership of the EU before holding an in-out by the end of 2017.
There is growing speculation it could be held next year, to avoid French and German elections due in 2017.

The question to be used in the referendum was not included in today's Queen's Speech, but the full bill is expected to be published tomorrow.
However, it is expected to be 'Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?' This would mean that people who wanted to remain in the EU would vote Yes while those who support exit vote No.

An Extremism Bill includes banning orders for groups thought to be using hate speech and 'disruption orders' for individuals judged to pose a threat to British values.
Ofcom will also have a new role to stop channels broadcasting extremist content, while employers will have to check whether an individual is an extremist and stop them working with children.

An Investigatory Powers Bill will include new powers for the intelligence services to access online communication following fears encrypted services were being used by terrorists to plot atrocities.
The Policing and Criminal Justice Bill ensure 17-year-olds are treated as children by police and the courts, while there will also be an end to people being kept on bail for more than a year.

Ministers will consult on a new criminal offence of 'wilful neglect' if professionals fail to protect children from abuse.

Hundreds of so-called 'head shops' which peddle legal highs on Britain's high streets will be forced to close under the Psychoactive Substances Bill. The ban on all new synthetic drugs will stop the estimated 250 shops circumventing the law and selling noxious substances with impunity.
A High Speed Rail Bill will commit to the first phase of the super-fast line from London to the West Midlands, with the power to seize land and homes which lie on the route.
A major crackdown on immigration is promised, including a new offence of working illegally which will give police power to seize wages of people who do not have a right to work in the UK.
In an eye-catching new announcement, ministers are considering imposing a new levy on 'businesses that us foreign labour' to pay for apprenticeships for young Britons, although they would also be open to EU nationals.
A new enforcement agency will crack down on the worst cases of exploitation of workers. It will also be made harder for illegal migrants to access services, with landlords given more powers to evict illegal tenants. Banks will be forced to take action to close accounts held by illegal immigrants.