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QUEEN'S SPEECH TO FOCUS ON EDUCATION AND CRIME

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Curbs on strikes in public services are among those measures which appear to have been dropped from today's Queen's...
Curbs on strikes in public services are among those measures which appear to have been dropped from today's Queen's speech as the Conservatives choice political aggressive measures in the run-up to the general election, reports The Independent (p1).

New law and order measures will be the centrepiece of the speech, including a 'crackdown' on rural crime.

A police bill will allow the creation of a new national crime squad, there willbe a separate crime bill for Scotland and legislation to modernise the civil justice system. Plans for a national register of paedophiles have been dropped from the speech.

Along with the Adoption Bill, action on industrial tribunals, 'cowboy' taxis, ID cards and housing commonhold appear to have been dumped.

The Queen's speech will also focus on school choice and NHS fund-holding, the paper reports.
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