Queen: Reform the House of Lords!

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Queen Elizabeth II delivers her speech during the State Opening of Parliament on May 9, 2012 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II unveiled the coalition government's legislative programme in a speech delivered to Members of Parliament and Peers in The House of Lords. New legislation is expected to be introduced on banking reform, House of Lords reform, changes to public sector pensions and plans for increased internet monitoring.  (Photo by Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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    Queen Elizabeth II called for changes for the House of Lords, and she outlined programs to promote “growth, justice, and constitutional reform” in a speech before the upper house of Parliament on Wednesday. The queen also called for legislative plans for the next session of Parliament, including measures to help support families and children and to break up banks. The queen said that her ministers’ first priority is to reduce the deficit and restore economic stability. The House of Lords reform has been criticized by Tories, but Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to ditch the plans, and it is a key demand from the Liberal Democrats in Cameron’s power-sharing deal.

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