Queen discusses Britain's top priority

May 25, 2010 at 10:39 AM
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LONDON, May 25 (UPI) -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II said Tuesday cutting the deficit and putting the country back on a path of economic growth are the government's top priority.

The queen also opened up the new session of Parliament with 22 bills that lay out proposals to reform schools, police, welfare and the political system, among other initiatives, the BBC reported.

"My government's legislative program will be based upon the principles of freedom, fairness and responsibility," the queen said. "The first priority is to reduce the deficit and restore economic growth."

It was the 56th time she has kicked off a new parliamentary session and the first for a Conservative-led government in 14 years.

New Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed trimming nearly $9 billion in spending in the coming year. An emergency budget must be completed by June 22.

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