The Queen and a question of honour for Gordon Brown - Telegraph
David Cameron hosts his predecessors Brown, Blair and Major for Nevertheless, with a guest list including Tony Blair and Gordon Brown – as well as Sir Much has been rumoured about the relationship the Queen is said. The Queen's officials are in a quandary over what, if any, honour to give Gordon Brown. Gordon Brown's final audience with the Queen, which was always likely enjoyed a close working relationship when they were on the Greater.
The bill will, the Queen says, make the UK the first country to have legally binding targets. Another mention of "aspiration": It is difficult to insert a vision into a list of bills, but Gordon does seem to have managed it.
It is likely to see the period to detain terrorists without charge from 28 days to 56 - although the Queen gives no details. The last attempt to increase this time limit led to the first Commons defeat of Blair's premiership. We now get a bill to ensure strengthened banking regulation, important in the light of Northern Rock, and also a bill to reform party funding. She now tells us that governments across the devolved regions, and across Europe, will continue to work well today.
Here she tells us - and the Tories won't like this - that the controversial European reform treaty will be brought through, and there's no mention of a referendum. Iraq and Afghanistan get a mention. The government will continue to work for peace in both those countries. Cutaway to David Miliband - the man who has got to do this. We also get a commitment to work out peace in the Middle East. The Queen now prays that the blessing of almighty God rests upon them There is some comment on the fact that Mr Straw reversed out of view of the Queen - the idea that you cannot turn your back on the Queen was something that the former lord chancellor, Lord Irvine, thought silly.
This is something the palace also recently said people did not have to do. But Mr Straw seems to have reinstated the backwards retreat. Backwards not forward, to reverse a Blair mantra. The year-long all-party review chaired by Hayden Phillips collapsed a week ago and there is anger that Gordon Brown has nonetheless sought to create legislation on the issue.
We'll see in the "loyal debate" what MPs kick off about. David Cameron will be the first to answer the Queen's speech. I see from your comments below that more sartorial coverage was demanded after all, so please note that the Queen has taken the 3, diamonds off her head and is walking much more quickly out of Westminster dressed in snow-white fur. With such an outfit, we assume the animal fur protesters and their cans of red paint have been safely locked up in a tower. Huw Edwards is concerned about the state of the union flag that has now been hoisted since Her Majesty has departed.
All is back to normal. Michael Gove has decreed that the word "aspiration" was "sprayed on like aftershave". Bodes well for a good loyal debate - which will start at 2. Gordon Brown and David Cameron may have surprised critics and made like two friends on their walk from the Commons chamber to the Lords to hear Her Majesty's gracious speech, but now combative politics returns.
Unlike with other government announcements, today the opposition has had lunch time and over two hours to respond to the proposed legislation. If some 28 or 29 bills were read out it depends what you count as full and draft legislation Mr Cameron and Vince Cable's teams will have had, by our reckoning, around five minutes per bill to come up with dazzling counter-attack. What will they go for? The Conservatives will not have liked the party funding legislation hinted at, nor the European reform treaty bill.
The Lib Dems wont have liked this Europe legislation either and both will attack on the precise nature of proposed anti-terror legislation. Keep your eye on Labour backbenchers too. David Winnick is the Labour MP who devised the day compromise measure after Mr Blair was defeated in his attempt to extend detention without charge to 90 days.
But Mr Winnick is not happy with this year's attempt to turn 28 days into What will he come up with? And news just in on the Harry harrier allegations. The police are not going to investigate him. We wonder if Dennis Skinner will ask a question on this. He reminds the MPs what they did this morning and that her majesty was pleased to make the gracious speech.
Of which, he tells them, he's obtained a copy. Presumably because that's what they'd have expected. Formality over, he says, but then continues with some more pleasantries including a joke about the last time he addressed a packed house being a speech on the ill-fated casino legislation.
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MPs laugh at this humility. He then mentions his mother and her NHS knee replacement. There are two of these types of addresses - they are called the loyal addresses and they are meant to be light-hearted. Dawn Butler will provide the gags next, giving Mr Cameron and Mr Cable longer to sharpen their attacks.
He's in rather a good mood today. Clegg blushes a New Labour colour of red. She recalls getting the call from the chief whip asking her to make the loyal address and thinking "oh no, he's caught me". She continues that she thought the honour as poisoned a chalice as working on the Crossrail bill. She's now telling an anecdote that includes "cute guys" and "Bob Marley".
The Commons is loving it. Butler's constituency will disappear at the next election due to boundary changes and she will have to challenge Sarah Teather. Her speech may helpfully raise her profile. Cameron is called and pays tribute to those firefighters who have lost their lives in Warwickshire. He reminds Caborn of his inability, while sports minister, to answer radio 5's quiz questions on horse racing, the Stella Artois tennis tournament, golf and rugby.
He then turns to Butler and makes a joke about politicians using the word "hood", as she had done in a speech elsewhere. His advice to her is to go nowhere near it. Things are very jolly in the Chamber. Somebody mention Europe, quick.
Cameron gets serious with a mention of Iraq and Afghanistan.
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He likes those bills that he says he proposed in the first place. And then there are those bills re-announced: Cameron also highlights that a Conservative proposal is included within the proposed terror legislation.Mock the Week - Newsreel - Gordon Brown
He then mentions the aborted Hayden Phillips all-party group on party funding, reminding the prime minister that it is the Labour sticking point of trade union funding. Quickly we get into the issue of Lord Ashcroft. This subject could play all afternoon. Cameron now demands a referendum on Europe before tracking back to the government pledge to deep-clean hospitals.
Cameron quotes a Department of Health publication which seems to contradict the prime minister's pledges. Cameron is midway through accusing Brown of merely issuing a laundry-list of gimmicks and feverish blue-washing when Michael Martin intervenes to tell the house off for being too rowdy. Including an individual rebuke for Barry Sheerman.
Cameron is unperturbed and picks up where he left off talking of a "hyper-active state trying to run everybody's lives". Cameron dodges this saying they will move an amendment that outlaws incitement to any kind of hatred. He then attacks Bryant for not himself being averse to incitement to hatred - having been key in the coup to oust Tony Blair last year. At least he was decisive," Cameron now shouts, ridiculing Gordon Brown's indecision over whether to call an election.
Now he is throwing election posters on the dispatch box showing slogans that Brown, he says, borrowed off the BNP. This has been rather a breathless opposition's leader speech.
Mr Brown gets to his feet. For those who wanted sartorial analysis, he is wearing a purple tie. At some point, so the story goes, a government whip had him moved and replaced by a more photogenic female MP. Nonetheless, Gordon brown now pays tribute to him. Brown now gets onto the substance of Cameron's critiques. He shows evidence that Cameron voted against maternity pay and the first move to flexible working in the House of Commons, so the idea that he can claim any ownership over flexible working is, Brown says, wrong.
Cameron is gurning and thinking. An SNP MP raises the issue of English-only votes on English laws the second time it has been raised in this debate and Brown deflects it by pointing out that there is no desire for such an arrangement in Scotland. The first Lib Dem gets to his feet. Simon Hughes, he of the yellow taxi mode of transport, now asks Brown whether Brown's housing bill will allow every council to build the housing they'd like to.
This is something being looked at by Yvette Cooper, housing minister, and it is thought to be local councils' hitherto inability to do this that is one of the reasons the UK has a housing shortage. We have not yet had a full debate on terror or Europe. Now we get something on the terror bill but he is speaking very fast and collapses it into a brief synopsis of other community legislation, euphemistically called legislation to "win hearts and minds".
She was bright, too, though not like him, but they seemed made for each other. Brown became an opposition spokesman on Trade and Industry in Inhe published a biography of the Independent Labour Party politician James Maxtonthe subject of his doctoral thesis. Brown did not contest the leadership after Tony Blair became the favourite, deciding to make way for Blair to avoid splitting the pro-modernising vote in the leadership ballot.
Chancellorship of Gordon Brown In the general electionLabour defeated the Conservatives by a landslide to end their year exile from government, and when Tony Blairthe new Prime Minister, announced his ministerial team on 2 Mayhe appointed Brown as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Brown would remain in this role for 10 years and two months, making him the longest-serving Chancellor in modern history. However, in all but his final budget, Brown increased the tax thresholds in line with inflation, rather than earnings, resulting in fiscal drag.
Conservatives have accused Brown of imposing " stealth taxes ". A commonly reported example resulted in from a technical change in the way corporation tax is collected, the indirect effect of which was for the dividends on stock investments held within pensions to be taxed, thus lowering pension returns and contributing to the demise of most of the final salary pension funds in the UK.
Brown's Spending Review outlined a major expansion of government spendingparticularly on health and education. In his April budget, Brown increased National Insurance to pay for health spending. The Treasury indicated that the tests had not been passed in June Labour Party leadership election, and Timeline for the Labour Party leadership elections, In OctoberTony Blair announced he would not lead the party into a fourth general election, but would serve a full third term.
Blair announced on 7 September that he would step down within a year. Appearances and news coverage leading up to the handover were interpreted as preparing the ground for Brown to become Prime Ministerin part by creating the impression of a statesman with a vision for leadership and global change.
This enabled Brown to signal the most significant priorities for his agenda as Prime Minister; speaking at a Fabian Society conference on 'The Next Decade' in Januaryhe stressed education, international development, narrowing inequalities to pursue 'equality of opportunity and fairness of outcome'renewing Britishness, restoring trust in politics, and winning hearts and minds in the war on terror as key priorities.
Until his resignation from the post in May he was Leader of the Labour Party. He was Member of Parliament for the constituency of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath until he stepped down in He was the sixth post-war Prime Minister, of a total of 13, to assume the role without having won a general election. Brown wanted Parliament to gain the right to ratify treaties and have more oversight into the intelligence services.
He also proposed moving some powers from Parliament to citizens, including the right to form "citizens' juries", easily petition Parliament for new laws, and rally outside Westminster.
He asserted that the attorney general should not have the right to decide whether to prosecute in individual cases, such as in the loans for peerages scandal. Indeed, the party launched the Not Flash, Just Gordon advertising campaign, which was seen largely as pre-election promotion of Brown as Prime Minister. However, Brown announced on 6 October  that there would be no election any time soon — despite opinion polls showing that he was capable of winning an election should he call one.
This proved to be a costly mistake, as during his party slid behind the Conservatives led by David Cameron in the polls. Disputes over political donations, a string of losses in local elections, and by-election losses in Crewe and Glasgow did himself and the government no favours either. The bill was met with opposition on both sides of the House and backbench rebellion. In the end the bill passed by just 9 votes. However, no wrongdoing was found and the Commons Authority did not pursue Brown over the claim.
He planned to set up an all-party convention to look at new powers for Parliament and to look at rebalancing powers between Whitehall and local government. Brown said he would give Parliament the final say on whether British troops are sent into action in future. Brown said he wanted to release more land and ease access to ownership with shared equity schemes.
He backed a proposal to build new eco-townseach housing between 10, and 20, home-owners — up tonew homes in total. Brown also said he wanted to have doctors' surgeries open at the weekends, and GPs on call in the evenings.
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Doctors were given the right of opting out of out-of-hours care inunder a controversial pay deal, signed by then-Health Secretary John Reidwhich awarded them a 22 percent pay rise in Brown also stated in the manifesto that the NHS was his top priority. On 5 Junejust three weeks before he was due to take the post of Prime Minister, Brown made a speech promising "British Jobs for British workers".
Brown was committed to the Iraq Warbut said in a speech in June that he would "learn the lessons" from the mistakes made in Iraq.