Telford MP Lucy Allan has welcomed the King’s speech and the new legislation announced today. Despite the requirement to hold a general election before January 2025, there were still some 21 new headline bills announced, covering everything from housing reform and animal welfare to national security and trade deals.
Key announcements include:
- Upholding animal welfare by banning live animal exports, protecting livestock from distress and injury with the Animal Welfare Live Exports Bill.
- Supporting leaseholders with greater rights and protections over freeholds and punitive charges, with a Leasehold and Freehold Bill. Renters and landlords will be supported with a Renters (Reform) Bill, giving renters more security, landlords more control over their properties, and delivering on the manifesto commitment to abolish Section 21 “no fault” evictions.
- The Government will introduce tougher sentences and greater police powers, ensuring that criminals get the prison sentences they deserve with a new Sentencing (Whole Life Orders and Short Sentences) Bill. A new Criminal Justice Bill will give police the tools they need to prevent new and complex crimes, such as digital-enabled crime, child sexual abuse, and child grooming.
- One of Lucy’s key priorities in parliament has been in supporting victims and strengthening the parole system. Victims need to have confidence that our criminal justice system will work for them, and the Victims and Prisoners Bill will give ministers the power to block the parole of the worst offenders and stop them marrying in prison, while also ensuring that victims are at the heart of justice considerations.
Lucy Allan MP said:
The King’s Speech is a vital part of our democratic process. I am pleased to see a clear articulation of this Government’s priorities with an emphasis on long term economic growth, the NHS, and law and order.
These are the main priorities of my constituents, who write to me every day about these issues. The Government must now deliver on its policy platform and implement the ambitious, long term changes delivering for a better future for UK residents.