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Live Reporting

By Paul Seddon and Kate Whannel

All times stated are UK

  1. What will happen next?

    MPs will spend the next few days debating aspects of the Queen's Speech:

    • Tomorrow: Britain’s place in the world
    • Wednesday 16 October: Public services
    • Thursday 17 October: Climate emergency
    • Monday 21 October: NHS
    • Tuesday 22 October: Economy

    They will break from discussing the Queen's Speech on Saturday 19 October for a special sitting of Parliament.

    This is the date by which the PM must ask the EU for another delay to Brexit under the Benn Act, if no Brexit deal has been approved by MPs and they have not agreed to the UK leaving with no-deal.

  2. What happened today?

    Queen's Speech

    We are bringing today's live page to a close, so here is a round-up of today's events:

    • The Queen made a speech setting out the government's legislative plans for the year ahead
    • Measures announced include tougher sentences for violent offenders and legal targets for cutting plastic pollution
    • Twenty-six other bills were set out in the Queen's Speech
    • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the speech was "a propaganda exercise" and "nothing more than fool's gold"
    • And SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said the country had entered "very dark days"
    • But Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the speech set out "ambitious" policies on crime, health, the environment and Brexit
    • Meanwhile, UK and EU negotiators in Brussels continued trying to bridge gaps in the Brexit talks
  3. Jenrick: Government is ambitious and optimistic

    BBC News Channel

    Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick says the public will see "a very ambitious and very optimistic" government bringing forward "exciting policies".

    "All these things we can get done, particularly if we can get Brexit over the line," he tells BBC News.

    But he accuses the opposition of "blocking everything".

    Mr Jenrick adds: "They don't want to deliver Brexit [and] they don't want to test pubic opinion by having a general election."

  4. Swinson: Government wants to turn us into 'selfish country'

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    "I know we can be open, generous and collaborative," says the Lib Dem's Jo Swinson.

    "I know our politics can be one of hope and inclusion.

    "All this government wants is to turn us into an insular, closed and selfish country.

    "That is what this Queen's Speech is all about."

  5. Swinson: Brexit will leave 'massive hole' in public finances

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Jo Swinson

    It is now the turn of Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson to respond to the Queen's Speech.

    She notes that "on these occasions, it is traditional to lighten the mood" by making a joke.

    "Even the Queen managed to include one," she says and quotes from the speech: "The government's new economic plan will be underpinned by a responsible fiscal strategy."

    Ms Swinson says this comes weeks before the UK is due to leave the EU.

    "Analysis after analysis shows this will leave a massive hole in the public finances," she adds.

  6. In pictures: Queen's Speech ceremony

    State opening of Parliament
    State opening of Parliament
    State opening of Parliament
    State opening of Parliament
  7. Government 'seeking to silence voice of Scotland'

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    "Nothing in this speech is designed to enhance the rights of Scotland," says Mr Blackford.

    He particularly draws attention to government plans to reintroduce an agricultural and fisheries bill "showing contempt for our devolution settlement".

    Agriculture and fisheries are two areas that are devolved to the Scottish government.

    He accuses the government of "seeking to sideline and silence the voice of Scotland".

  8. Queen's Speech 'a missed opportunity'

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Ian Blackford

    Mr Blackford says the PM is not interested in "displaying his legislative programme - he is only interested in showcasing his party's manifesto".

    "And what a progressive manifesto it is," Mr Blackford says sarcastically.

    He calls the Queen's Speech, "a missed opportunity to address austerity and punishing cuts".

    Boris Johnson
  9. Blackford: Brexit would be a tragedy

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Ian Blackford

    SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford says Brexit would be a "tragedy", praising the EU as the "greatest example of political co-operation".

    He says his grandchildren will lose the automatic right to work and live throughout Europe "because of the narrow ideology of the Brexit fanboys".

  10. Are local government promises empty words?

    Responding to the Queen's Speech, Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of the Local Government Information Unit think tank, says he welcomes "the promises of further devolution to local government and a long-awaited social care white paper".

    However, he says: "We will unfortunately have to add them to the long list of items that successive governments have promised and not delivered for councils.

    "We hope today’s announcements are not just empty words."

  11. PM concludes his speech with a plea for 'fairness'

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The PM urges MPs to "get on" with the proposals announced in the Queen's Speech.

    "Lets go with our vision for a Britain where fairness and balance are at the heart of what we do," he says

    "A Britain where we fight crime but also insist on rehabilitation for offenders.

    "Where we fund a superb education and healthcare, not in spite of our belief in the free market, but because we understand that a dynamic wealth-creating economy is essential to pay for those public services.

    "That is the vision at the core of the Queen's Speech.

    "And I commend it to the House," he concludes.

  12. Johnson: Business fears Labour more than no-deal

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Boris Johnson

    In response to an intervention from Tory MP Anne Main, the prime minister brands Labour plans to end private schools' charitable status an act of "wanton expropriation".

    Turning to climate change, he says innovation and the free market are what will allow the UK to "deliver the solutions we need".

    He says fears among businesses about the impact of a Labour government are "far greater" than fears about the impact of a no-deal Brexit.

  13. UK 'setting a blistering pace' in tackling climate change

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Asked about the government's record on the environment, Mr Johnson says the UK is "leading the world in tackling climate change - setting a blistering pace for our friends and partners".

    "We are able to do that because we support a dynamic free market economy," he says.

    As we said, Green MP Caroline Lucas earlier strongly disagreed with this assessment of the government's efforts.