The Queen to miss State Opening of Parliament for first time in nearly 60 years

Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, championing the overhaul, said: “The law-abiding, mostly responsible have had enough of anti-social, disruptive protests carried out by a self-indulgent minority who seem to revel in causing mayhem and misery for the rest of us.

“The Public Order Bill will give the police the powers they need to clamp down on this outrageous behavior and ensure the British public can go about their lives without disruption.”

The Telegraph can also reveal that new measures will be announced to force P&O and other ferry companies to pay staff on board ships the UK minimum wage.

The proposal would create a legal obligation on ports to make sure vessels that arrive – which could also include cruise ships and tankers – pay minimum wage, with sanctions for ports and UK shipping operators who disobey the rules.

Other expected announcements will be dropped as part of a new Downing Street push to focus on Tory policies, meaning the foie gras and fur imports bans will be ditched.

The speech is not expected to include new measures to tackle the cost of living, despite Tory strategists warning it will be the dominant issue at the next general election.

Any changes to taxation levels and spending will have to wait until the autumn budget, according to Treasury sources – although Mr Johnson hopes other non-fiscal moves can be announced sooner.

But the Prime Minister will talk about the scale of the cost of living challenge and the need to help those affected in his speech.

Mr Johnson is expected to say: “We will get the country through the aftershocks of Covid, just as we got through Covid, with every ounce of ingenuity, compassion and hard work.

“By urgently pressing on with our mission to create the high wage, high skilled jobs that will drive economic growth across our whole United Kingdom.

“That is the long-term, sustainable solution to ease the burden on families and businesses.”

The Queen keeps up with busy diary

The palace had previously stated that the Queen hoped to read her customary speech to open Parliament on Tuesday, but said final confirmation would only be given on the day.


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