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Leicestershire MPs response to Queen's speech

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A Leicestershire Tory MP has said existing policies are more important than any future legislation set out in the Queen's Speech. Today Queen Elizabeth II set out a raft of proposed measures from the Government for the year ahead. She stressed the Conservative and Liberal Democrats Coalition's first priority was to strengthen the UK economy but also outlined plans to restrict immigration, put a cap on social care costs for the elderly and curb anti-social behaviour. No legislation was suggested that would lead to a referendum on EU membership. Conservative North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen said: "There's little legislation that can be passed before the next General Election (in 2015). "The most important thing is to implement the policies already put down such a welfare reform like the roll out of universal credits. "The successful roll out of this will be totemic for the Government. "It might not win us the next election but if it doesn't work it could lose it." Mr Bridgen said he was disappointed there was no legislation paving the way for a referendum on EU membership but was pleased that measures were proposed to better control immigration and prevent so-called health tourism. He said: "I have spoken about this before. There is a danger that Britain will become the number one destination for people from abroad seeking health care funded by the British tax-payer and that is not fair." He said the policies outlined by the Queen had a "heavy leaning" to immigration in response to UKIP's recent success in local elections. Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, described the Queen's speech as "totally underwhelming". He said, on Twitter: "Couldn't they have come up with something today to help young people get back to work?"

Leicestershire MPs response to Queen's speech


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