As the State Opening of Parliament Ceremony takes place today we will be giving you the most important updates to follow the Queen’s Speech.
10.30am BST Chancellor Sajid Javid has confirmed the Budget, his first as chancellor, will be announced on 6th November.
10.55am BST The crown, usually kept in the Tower of London, has arrived alongside the cap of maintenance and the sword of state to the Palace of Westminster.
11.00am BST The Ceremony has begun starting with a procession of the Queen travelling from Buckingham Palace to Westminster.
11.05am BST The Heralds are making their way to meet the Queen; who should be arriving in the next 15 minutes.
11:27am BST The Queen has arrived at the Palace Westminster.
11:29am BST Commons Speaker John Bercow heads into the Commons chamber.
11:32am BST The Queen is to begin her 65th speech in minutes.
11:35am BST The Queen has signalled the Black Rod to have the House of Commons door slammed in her face as part of tradition.
11:37am BST Black rod summons MPs to House of Lords.
11:40am BST The speech begins by the Queen announcing: “My government intends to work towards a new partnership with the European Union, based on free trade and friendly cooperation.”
11:42am BST The Queens says a new immigration bill will: “lay the foundation for a fair, modern and global immigration system”.
11:46am BST The Queen continues: “My government’s new economic plan will be underpinned by a responsible fiscal strategy, investing in economic growth while maintaining the stability of the public finances.”
11:47am BST The next subject she has touched on is her plans for the NHS. She says: “Measures will be brought forward to support and strengthen the National Health Service, its workforce and resources, enabling it to deliver the highest quality care.”
11:48am BST New sentencing law will “better reflect the severity of crimes” and an improved response to foreign national offenders. As well as this, new proposals for victims to see they “receive the support they need and the justice they deserve” – including changes to the parole system. The Domestic Abuse Bill will be debated in Parliament, along with a bill to minimise the impact of divorce on children.
11:48am BST A bill has been proposed to: “support those working hard” over the allocation of tips. Help has also been issued so: “people can plan for the future… providing simpler oversight of pensions savings”, as well as “greater powers to tackle irresponsible management of private pension schemes”.
11:49am BST The Queen has said that “new legislation will accelerate the delivery of fast, reliable broadband to millions of homes” and proposals on railway reform will be brought forward.
11:50am BST The Queen says: “For the first time, environmental principles will be enshrined in law” to “protect and improve the environment for future generations” The Animal Welfare Bill will also return, including banning imports on trophy hunting.
11:50am BST She adds: “My government remains committed to working with all parties in Northern Ireland to support the return of devolved government and to address the legacy of the past.”
11:53am BST The Queen ends her speech once again speaking about Brexit. She says: “As the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, my government will ensure that it continues to play a leading role in global affairs, defending its interests and promoting its values.” And that her government: “will prioritise tackling tackling climate change and ensuring that all girls have access to 12 years of quality education.”
14.29pm BST MPs will began debating the Queen’s Speech in the House of Commons momentarily.
14.31pm BST the debate on the 26 proposed bills begins; it is set to continue through until Thursday. The Speaker, John Bercrow, gives his statement on the duties and responsibilities of the Members.
14.33pm BST The first debate in Commons is known as the loyal address. This is a communication from the House to the Monarch to thank her Majesty for the speech. Lee Rowley MP is leading the debate. He is a member of the Conservative party and represents the North East Derbyshire.
14.41pm BST Lee Rowley states he hopes that the “toxic & crippling fog” around Brexit might be lifting.
14.42pm BST Lee Rowley praises Labour MP Dennis Skinner, known for being a ‘veteran heckler’, as being on “fine form” during his speech.
14.44pm BST Sarah Newton MP also from the Conservative party is now speaking. Newton represents the Truro and Falmouth area. She jokes about singing to boost moral with the problems the government are about to face.
14:54pm BST Jeremy Corbyn, the Right Honourable Gentleman, has begun by reflecting on the members of parliament that have been lost this year; including Paul Flynn who died in February this year.
15.02pm BST Jeremy Corbyn quips there could be general election looming meaning MPs could soon be hearing the first Queen’s Speech of a Labour government.
15.04pm BST ‘We don’t trust the prime minister’ says Jeremy Corbyn.
15.07pm BST Jeremy Corbyn says ‘There was nothing in the Queen’s speech to cover our current stagnant economy’ Topics not addressed include low pay, insecure work and low productivity
15.09pm BST This government has had three and half years to get Brexit done,” says Labour MP Corbyn.”And they have failed.” He says the “only legitimate way to sort Brexit now is to let the people decide with a final say”.
15.11pm BST Children are facing a “mental health crisis” says Jeremy Corbyn who blames school budgets and poor housing.
15.13pm BST “The PM needs to bin Privatisation” states Corbyn as the NHS becomes the topic of discussion.
15.18pm BST “9/10 of privately sub-let tower blocks still have Greenfell-style cladding 2 years on from the tragedy.” Jeremy Corbyn notes the current government’s lack of action and compares Labour’s potential plans.
15.20pm BST Green MP Caroline Lucas says there was just “six words” in the Queen’s Speech addressing the climate emergency.
15.24pm BST Jeremy Corbyn concludes his speech by stating “The prime minister promised that this Queen’s Speech would dazzle us – on closer inspection it turns out to be nothing more than fool’s gold,”
15.25pm BST PM and Right Honourable Gentleman Boris Johnson takes his place to begin debating.
15.27pm BST PM Boris Johnson sums up the Queen’s speech as stating it set out “a vision of an open global free trading UK” with a “high trade, low tax economy.”
15.37pm BST “Unemployment at its lowest since the 1970s” Mr Johnson attributes this to the success of the free market.
15.41pm BST Immigration laws under the leaving of the EU on the 31st of October becomes the topic of the debate as the PM is questioned about the 3million EU nationals currently in the UK.
15:44pm BST Mr Johnson calls our NHS “the best in the world.”
15:47pm BST “We want to give every parent by properly inspecting schools…” says the PM against Mr Corbyn.
15:51pm BST Boris Johnson says: “This government understands that no-one can escape justice for a crime that they have committed, but we also understand that there should be no unfair prosecution when no new evidence has been produced.” The latter “cannot be right”, he says. The PM also says the “free market success” of the UK economy is what will pay for spending on the Armed Forces.
15:52pm BST The PM explains: “What we have is a choice between a semi-Marxist opposition that would set the country back decades, and a one-nation government that understands the vital importance of wealth creation”
15:59pm BST Mr Johnson says the UK is “leading the world in tackling climate change – setting a blistering pace for our friends and partners.” “We are able to do that because we support a dynamic free market economy,” he says.
16:01pm BST The PM has announced “to ban the export of live animals”
16:04pm BST Mr Johnson says he is visioning “a balance, fair and just society”
16:04pm BST Right Honourable Gentleman Ian Blackford takes the stand in the debate. The MP represents the Scottish National Party.