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MPs propose 'alternative Queen's speech'

MPs propose 'alternative Queen's speech'
Conservative backbenchers are demanding tax cuts and referendums on Europe in an 'alternative Queen's speech'.

The group of backbenchers want David Cameron to offer voters more traditional Conservative measures, with fifteen component bills being published today and tomorrow on the ConservativeHome website.

Amongst other policies, the MPs are pushing for a referendum on which powers Britain should seek to repatriate from Brussels and an expansion of grammar schools.

John Redwood today called for further cuts to business taxes and regulation: "We need to do what we can to get this economy growing more quickly, because the austerity so far has been visited on the private sector.

"It’s been all about taxing more and regulating more and accepting more from Brussels, and we need to start to relieve those tensions in the private sector, so that we can have the new homes, the new jobs, the cheaper energy, the better transport - all the things that we want."

David Davis said the Government had been "distracted" by policies that didn't matter to people across the country.

"Gay marriage and indeed Lords reform, why are we doing these things which appear to be interesting to a London-centric political class, when actually things like growth, jobs, cost of living matter right across the country."

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