Evesham's MP welcomes football and trade bills announced in King's Speech - The Evesham Observer

Evesham's MP welcomes football and trade bills announced in King's Speech

Evesham Editorial 8th Nov, 2023 Updated: 8th Nov, 2023   0

EVESHAM’s MP Nigel Huddleston was among the parliamentarians to take part in the State Opening of Parliament, a momentous event marking the formal commencement of the parliamentary year.

The State Opening, which took place on Tuesday (November 7) was particularly special as it was His Majesty the King’s first as Monarch.

The State Opening of Parliament is a centuries-old tradition that brings together the three vital components of the UK Parliament: the Sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons. During this ceremonial event, the Monarch’s Speech outlines the government’s agenda for the upcoming parliamentary session, offering insights into proposed policies and legislation.

The State Opening commenced with the Monarch’s grand procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster, accompanied by the majestic Household Cavalry. His Majesty, wearing the Imperial State Crown and the Robe of State, led the Royal Procession through the Royal Gallery, where 600 guests had gathered, before arriving at the chamber of the House of Lords.

In a historic practice dating back to the Civil War, the House of Lords’ official known as Black Rod was dispatched to summon the members of the House of Commons. The shutting of the Commons chamber doors symbolises the Commons’ independence from the monarchy, and Black Rod struck the door three times before it was opened. Members of the House of Commons, including Nigel Huddleston MP, then followed Black Rod and the Commons Speaker to the Lords chamber, where they stood at the Bar of the House to listen to the Monarch’s Speech.

The Monarch’s Speech, although delivered by the Monarch, is prepared by the government and provides an overview of its policies and proposed legislation for the upcoming parliamentary session. It is a key moment in setting the direction for the nation’s legislative agenda.

Following the departure of the Monarch, a new parliamentary session begins, and Parliament resumes its work. Members of both Houses engage in debates concerning the content of the speech and reach an ‘Address in Reply to His Majesty’s Gracious Speech’. The debates in both Houses explore various subject areas related to the planned legislative program, with a vote taking place in the Commons, but rarely in the Lords.

The State Opening of Parliament has a rich historical significance, with traditions dating back to the 16th century. The current ceremony as we know it today was established following the reopening of the Palace of Westminster in 1852 after the devastating fire of 1834.

Nigel Huddleston MP said:

“It was an honour to be present in the House of Lords to hear his Majesty deliver the first King’s Speech in 70 years.

“There were a lot of measures announced in the speech aimed at delivering a brighter future for our country, focusing on four key themes: growing our economy; strengthening society; keeping people safe; and promoting our national interests. There was a particular focus on law and order with plans for tougher sentences for the most serious crimes and measures to force offenders to appear in the dock.

“I was particularly pleased to see two bills promised on areas I have worked on in my ministerial roles, including the safeguarding the future of football clubs—following on from the fan led review of football from when I was Sports Minister—and the promotion of trade and investment with fast growing economies—following on from the trade deals I have been working on with CPTTP/Trans Pacific countries and other nations in my current role as International Trade Minister.”

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