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For the record – Lib Dem policies in the Queen’s Speech

June 6, 2010

A large number of Liberal Democrat policies were announced in the Queen’s Speech, including the party’s major priorities: fair taxes, a fair start for children, a green and sustainable economy, and a comprehensive clean up of politics. The policies include:

• Making the tax and benefits system fairer and simpler, including a significant increase in the personal allowance and an ambition to increase it to £10,000

• Restoring the earnings link to pensions

• Greater freedoms for teachers over the curriculum

• Measures to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses

• Support for low carbon energy production

• Financial services regulation to learn the lessons of the financial crisis

• Fixed term parliaments of five years

• A referendum on the Alternative Vote

• The right to sack MPs guilty of serious misconduct

• Reform of party funding

• Moving towards a wholly or partly elected House of Lords, elected by proportional representation

• A Bill to restore freedoms and civil liberties, through the abolition of Identity Cards and repeal of unnecessary laws

• Giving greater powers to councils and giving neighbourhoods and communities more control over planning and housing decisions

• Ending child detention

• Fair compensation for Equitable Life victims

• Enabling the creation of a national high speed rail network

• Flexible working and promotion of equal pay

• Strengthening the voices of patients and the role of doctors in the NHS

• A commission on long-term reform of social care

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