Queen: Reform the House of Lords!

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.