The Queen has given her speech in the House of Lords at the State Opening of Parliament, announcing the the government’s legislative programme for the next two years – but did not mention the free vote on fox hunting – or the plans to overturn the ivory ban.
These unpopular plans were part of the Conservative manifesto. In fact, a number of key pledges were missing from the speech – which at 10 minutes was a lot shorter than the usual 15-20 minutes.
Brexit dominated the speech, pertaining to eight out of the 24 bills.
On top of leaving out the free vote on fox hunting, or the controversial plans to overturn the ivory ban, there was also no mention of the so-called Dementia Tax or grammar schools.
This is because the general election result – which saw the Conservative Party lose 13 seats, and with them their overall majority – was a hard blow for Prime Theresa May.
This means some of her more controversial pledges would not have enough support to progress through Parliament.