What has David Cameron been up to?
The re-elected Prime Minister's movements since the election.
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As we know, the Conservatives won by a surprise majority, but what have they done since then. Well...
The Queen’s speech is the first major event of a new parliament, it is the official state opening of parliament. The winning party or parties write it for the Queen and it is a chance to broadcast all the changes the government will hope to achieve in the current parliament.
This year’s Queen’s speech was the first Conservative majority speech since 1992. This is monumental because it means that the Conservatives used the whole speech to highlight their key aims, without having to compromise with other parties, like they had to last parliament with the Lib Dems. The Queens speech this year included: plans to ban legal highs, plans for Scotland and Wales, plans to scrap the human rights act and the forth coming EU referendum.
Almost the first thing David Cameron did was to reinstate his promise: to hold the in/out EU referendum, where the people of the country will decide whether we want to be part of the European Union, of which we have been part of since 1973.
He has promised to hold the referendum by the end of 2017, with some sources saying it may be sooner. For this to happen, David Cameron has had to chat to other heads of member states to assess what effects it will have on them and us and also the EU as a whole.
Before he wants to hold the referendum, David Cameron wants to see what deals he can strike up between member states, to hopefully improve the rules and ways of the EU.
One has been to cap when immigrants can claim benefits after they arrive – this is one of the key deals Cameron wants to pull off because it can cost the country millions of pounds a year. As you can expect it has been met by criticism, especially by the Polish prime minister, Ewa Kopacz, as the UK is a favourite place with Polish nationals.
With the referendum it has reignited the campaign to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote, as the current system only allows over 18s to vote, but as the Scottish referendum proved under 18s can provide valuable opinions, this has led David Cameron to call for a vote to be held in the commons to allow MPs to vote on whether the opinions of 16 and 17 year olds will be heard.
In the last few weeks, David Cameron and other Conservatives have upped the pressure on negotiating our deal with the EU.
It began with David Cameron saying that if MPs want to be a part of the government, they would have to take the view that exercising negotiations between the UK and the EU will lead to a successful outcome, this was met by harsh criticism by both his own party members and the press, due to the demanding style in how he said it.
Around 50 members of the Tory party have created a group, almost a pressure group, on David Cameron called ‘Conservatives for Britain’, stating that they will vote for the UK to leave the EU unless he can secure the changes they want. Adding to the pressure on David Cameron, Barack Obama has said he is looking forward for the UK staying part of the EU. Showing that the decision of changing our relationship with the EU will be important and one which will continue to front page news to at least 2017.
Scrapping the human rights act was always going to be a very controversial subject, with both MPs and members of the public.
The plan for the Tories was to scrap the current human rights act, which they believe had some clauses which are out dated, and replace it with a new UK Bill of Rights. This would enable the country’s courts to regain control over human right issues in this country.
At the moment most of the legislation comes from the European Court of Human Rights, and UK court decisions can be over ruled by the European Supreme Court, this mean some decisions can be undermined by the EU court, which parties including the Tories believe is wrong. Due to the sensitive nature and controversy surrounding the issue and the new plans, it probably won’t reach a stage where it will be debated into law.
The SNP, now the largest party in Scotland with 56 seats out of the 59, is the next large issue David Cameron is facing and will continue to face throughout the term of this parliament. The SNP with the force they have will now have more say on what they want to achieve in their country, some want another referendum to leave the UK and become an independent country, which David Cameron is trying to avoid. Others want full fiscal powers meaning they control the taxes in their country without the UK parliament having a say, however this was met by harsh backlash from other parties in the House.
Whatever the SNP wish, David Cameron is going to have to think of what is best for the UK as a whole but also keep the Scottish and SNP happy.
During last parliament he has already set out plans of further devolution of powers to Scotland and has started to continue now. This has called for more devolution for England and Wales, which David Cameron will be discussing and implementing from now.
David Cameron has a long job ahead of him with his MPs with many obstacles in his path from opposition press, public members and probably even his own party.