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11 plans Theresa May has been forced to drop from the Queen's Speech 2017
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11 plans Theresa May has been forced to drop from the Queen's Speech 2017

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Theresa May's plan for two years of government has been read out by the Queen in the lavish State Opening of Parliament.

But the Queen's Speech is more notable for what it DOESN'T include than what it does.


With a wafer-thin majority, humiliated Mrs May has been forced to ditch vast tracts of her manifesto because a rebellion by just a few Tory MPs would defeat them.
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Fox hunting, fracking, dementia tax and raids on free school lunches and pensioner benefits have all been canned.

There's no mention either of Donald Trump's state visit to Britain, despite a separate visit by the King of Spain having pride of place.

Here are the most divisive plans that have been dropped - plus a few sneaky changes you may not be happy about.
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7 divisive plans missing

1. Trump's state visit

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The monarch outlined plans to welcome the King and Queen of Spain next month as she opened Parliament today.

But there was no word on Mr Trump’s expected visit - despite Theresa May extending an invitation just a week after his inauguration.

And Her Majesty’s Speech, written for her by the Government, included a thinly-veiled jibe at the President’s expense with the Queen saying ministers continued to back the Paris climate change deal.
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Tory minister Brandon Lewis insisted people shouldn't "read into" the lack of any mention of Donald Trump, telling the BBC after the speech it was just a matter of "working out the date".

2. The dementia tax

There was fury and a Tory rebellion at manifesto plans to change the way people pay for their care.
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The ' dementia tax ' would have brought people receiving at-home care into the non-state funded regime and made them sell their homes to fund it after death.

There is no mention of the so-called tax in the Queen's Speech.

Instead the Queen said only that the government will "work to improve social care and will bring forward proposals for consultation".
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Government notes say ministers will "consult on options to encourage a wider debate" - an admission of defeat.

3. Raids on winter fuel payments

The Tory manifesto prompted anger by vowing to axe universal winter fuel payments for pensioners.
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Instead the payments were set to be given only to around the poorest 2million out of 12million in the country.

This prompted anger on the doorstep.

Now there is no mention of putting the plan into law in the Queen's Speech. As far as we could tell it doesn't seem to be mentioned at all.
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The Prime Minister's spokesman said: "We heard what happened during the election campaign. We've pledged to listen to what happened during the election campaign. We will reflect on that policy."

4. Scrapping free school lunches
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Theresa May was dubbed the 'lunch snatcher' for pledging to replace universal free school lunches with breakfasts for kids aged 5 to 7.

The Tories claimed it'd cost just a tenth of the current bill - but their sums were slammed for allotting less than 7p per breakfast.

Officials later admitted the cost could be higher. Now it seems irrelevant. There doesn't seem to be any mention in the Queen's Speech.
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5. New grammar schools

Theresa May was already facing a massive Tory revolt for vowing to expand grammar schools.

Now she doesn't even have a majority, the prospect of getting the plans through Parliament looked bleak.
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Notes on the Queen's Speech say Mrs May still wants to "make Britain the world's great meritocracy".

But they admit defeat, saying only: "We will look at all options and work with Parlaiment to bring forward proposals that can command a majority."

The Prime Minister's spokesman said: "This won't be in the session. We have to look at the Parliamentary arithmetic and what we are able to get through."
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6. Extending fracking

The Tory manifesto pledged to extend controversial fracking despite most parties vowing to outlaw it.

Now it doesn't appear to be mentioned in the Queen's Speech after expected opposition from some rural MPs.
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Opponents fear fracking - in which liquid is pumped deep underground at high pressure to fracture rock and release gas - can cause problems including water contamination, earthquakes and noise and traffic pollution.

No fracking has taken place in the UK since 2011, when tests on the Fylde coast were found to have been the probable cause of minor earthquakes in the area.

7. Bringing back fox hunting
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The Tory manifesto pledged a free ('on your conscience') vote to repeal Labour's ban on fox hunting.

But even David Cameron couldn't get this one through because of the strength of opposition in his own party.

And her fragile grip on power means Theresa May's chances of getting it through the Commons are slim to nil.
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There is no mention of a free vote on fox hunting in the Queen's Speech. The Prime Minister's spokesman said: “That is something that is not a priority.”

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8. Will we get an energy cap?

There was little mention of a much-hyped price cap on many energy bills, a rehash of Ed Miliband's manifesto plans from 2015.

Notes to the Queen's Speech suggest it may have been kicked into the long grass.
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It says the government is "considering the best way" to extend price protection. This may include a law or simply action by the regulator.

9. There's no Counter-Extremism Bill

A Commission for Countering Extremism will "identify and expose" examples of extremism and "support" the public sector to defend British values.
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And a review will look at the counter-terror laws available to police and MI5 and "won't hesitate" to change them later if necessary.

But there is no actual immediate change to the law promised - despite a failed Counter-Extremism Bill featuring in last year's speech.

A year ago the government promised a law to "prevent radicalisation, tackle extremism in all its forms, and promote community integration."
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This time - despite recent terror attacks in Manchester and London - no immediate legal change is planned.

10. The Repeal Bill's no longer 'Great'

The Repeal Bill is the centrepiece of the Tories' Brexit plan. It will convert EU law into UK leave when we leave in March 2019.
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When Theresa May unveiled it at the Tory conference she trumpeted it as a 'Great Repeal Bill' in a fit of patriotism.

Now, in what could be a metaphor for her leadership, the 'Great' has been dropped from the title.

11. Tenant and abuse victim laws are only in draft
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Letting agent fees - which average £223 per tenancy - will be banned by law in a victory for the Mirror, which campaigned against them.

And a new law will establish a Domestic Violence and Abuse Commissioner whose roles will include monitoring agencies and "standing up for victims".

But crucially the two Bills are only listed in "draft" form, meaning there's no guarantee they'll be finished law by the end of the two-year period in 2019.
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