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Queen’s Speech: Grammar school expansion abandoned

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The proposals for a new generation of grammars are not in the Queen’s Speech The creation of a new wave of grammar schools in England has been ditched from the government’s plans. The Queen’s Speech says the government will “look at all options” for opening new schools, but that […]

Queen’s Speech: Brexit bills dominate government agenda

Media captionNot got long? Here’s the Queen’s Speech in 90 seconds A host of proposed new laws designed to prepare the UK for a “smooth and orderly” departure from the EU have been announced in the Queen’s Speech. Of 27 bills, eight relate to Brexit and its implications for key industries. As well as a […]

Queen’s Speech summary: Bill-by-bill at a glance

This year’s Queen’s Speech comes in the wake of a general election that left the Conservatives without a majority. Legislation to deliver Brexit dominated the government’s plans. Here is a bill-by-bill guide to what is in the 2017 Queen’s Speech – and what was left out. Brexit Image copyright PA Repeal Bill This measure will […]

Queen’s Speech: Grammar school expansion abandoned

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The proposals for a new generation of grammars are not in the Queen’s Speech The creation of a new wave of grammar schools in England has been ditched from the government’s plans. The Queen’s Speech says the government will “look at all options” for opening new schools, but that […]

DUP seeks £2bn deal to support Conservatives

The Democratic Unionist Party has asked for significant investment in health and infrastructure in NI as part of a parliamentary deal with the Tory Party. Negotiations began after the Tories failed to win an outright majority in the general election and needed DUP support for a minority government. The news came as the State Opening […]

Queen’s Speech: Donald Trump’s UK state visit in fresh doubt

Image copyright Reuters Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK is in fresh doubt after there was no mention of it in the Queen’s Speech. The US president accepted the Queen’s invitation for him to travel to Britain when Prime Minister Theresa May visited Washington in January. But there have been reports that Mr Trump […]

Queen’s Speech 2017: May promises ‘humility’

Media captionThe Queen’s Speech – a beginner’s guide Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to work with “humility and resolve” as the government prepares to outline its legislative programme later. Brexit is expected to dominate the Queen’s Speech, which will cover a two-year period instead of one. It is also expected to include measures on […]

Policing ‘at risk’ as officers deal with terror

Image copyright Getty Images Policing in England and Wales could be at “significant” risk if resources are diverted to fight terrorism, the UK’s top counter-terrorism officer has said. Counter-terrorism policing has been placed on an “emergency footing” after recent attacks, the BBC understands. Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley has asked ministers to reassure officers that funding […]

Heads warn parents of ‘cash-starved schools’

Image copyright iStock Image caption Heads are writing to parents warning them of deepening funding problems for schools Head teachers in England are keeping up the pressure on school funding, sending a letter warning about “cash-starved” schools to almost two million families. As the government prepares to set out its plans in the Queen’s Speech, […]

National Assembly for Wales ‘should employ journalists’

Image copyright DaiPhoto/Getty Images Image caption The idea is for more user-friendly information about what the assembly is doing Journalists should be employed by the National Assembly for Wales in response to cuts in coverage by conventional media, according to a report. A taskforce chaired by ex-Welsh Government minister Prof Leighton Andrews has made the […]