In an unusual set of circumstances befitting this month's surprise election result, the Conservatives delivered their legislative programme with no guaranteed majority. With the government yet to agree terms for the support of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, there were some notable absences from the speech. Mentions of tighter legislation around corporate takeovers, governance and executive pay were missing. The government's earlier pledge to freeze energy bills was downgraded to a green paper looking at options, while policies such as cutting free school meals were axed completely. However, the repeal bill, giving government powers to convert EU legislation into UK law was mentioned, as well as an immigration bill allowing the government control of the number of income earners from Europe.
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