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David Cameron has hailed the Queen's Speech as "a packed programme of a busy and radical government" amid claims the coalition has run out of steam.
He was defending the 11 new bills that make up the coalition's plans for its final year in power before an election. Highlights include pension reforms, new rights for fracking firms and limited power to recall misbehaving MPs.
Labour sources said it was "staggering" that the NHS and immigration were not mentioned in the Queen's Speech.
Ed Miliband said the speech failed to match the scale of the challenges Britain faces. The Labour leader told MPs: "We would have a Queen's Speech with legislation which would make work pay, reform our banks, freeze energy bills and build homes again in Britain.
"A Queen's Speech which signals a new direction for Britain, not one which offers more of the same."
Mr Cameron said the government's "long-term economic plan is working but there is much, much more to do," adding that it would "take the rest of this Parliament and the next to finish the task of turning our country around".
He accused Mr Miliband of having a "rag bag, pick-and-mix selection of statist Seventies ideas", describing them as a "revival of Michael Foot's policies paid for by (Unite union leader) Len McCluskey's money".
Among the measures announced were:
The Queen presided over the state opening of Parliament for the 63rd time, amid the traditional pomp and ceremony.
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