Queen’s Speech: All the policies Theresa May has been forced to drop, from school meals to the 'dementia tax'

Prime Minister holds bonfire of Tory manifesto promises

Harriet Agerholm
Wednesday 21 June 2017 16:38
Theresa May has been scrambling to piece together a programme that she can get through Parliament
Theresa May has been scrambling to piece together a programme that she can get through Parliament

Theresa May has been forced to scrap a host of her most controversial policies after the Conservatives lost their majority in the snap general election.

The Prime Minister used the Queen’s Speech to outline multiple bills on the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Legislation on trade, agriculture and immigration previously handled by the EU needs to be written into British law, meaning Brexit will dominate the next two years of Parliament.

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Meanwhile, there was a bonfire of Tory manifesto pledges, as Ms May scrambled to piece together policies supported by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

The Conservatives are negotiating a vote-by-vote deal with the Northern Irish party, which has warned it “can’t be taken for granted”.

Free school meals

Ms May’s plan to axe universal free school meals for five- to seven-year-olds has been dropped. The Prime Minister faced an outcry when the move was announced from campaigners such as celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and from Tory backbenchers.

Welfare and social care

The so-called dementia tax, which derailed the Tories election campaign, was conspicuously absent from the speech. So too was axing the winter fuel allowance for wealthier older people.

Triple lock on pensions

Protections for pensioners were to be downgraded under Conservative plans, but this was absent from the speech. The current triple lock system sees state pensions rise in line with the highest of average earnings, the inflation rate or 2.5 per cent, and the Tories had planned to replace it with a double lock based on earnings and inflation.

Grammar schools

Grammar schools were not mentioned at all during the speech. The Prime Minister had previously said the schools would help turn Britain into the “world’s greatest meritocracy”, but little support for the policy within the Conservative Party ahead of the election saw it dropped from the main agenda during the campaign.

Fox hunting

Ms May said on the campaign trail she was a long-standing supporter of fox hunting and promised a free vote on the contentious issue. The move was branded “absolute insanity” by former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps and has now been ditched altogether.

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