This week's King's Speech can be summarised in four short phrases or, as the political strategists would say, soundbites.
- Grow the economy
- Keep people safe
- Strengthen society
- Promote British interests
All of those phrases are priorities, which are at the forefront of the conversations I have with residents across the Great Yarmouth constituency. In setting out the legislative agenda for the year ahead the Government has signalled that these are the priorities they will continue to pursue. This will bring benefits to people throughout Great Yarmouth.
First, the Government will grow the economy by introducing Bills that protect our energy security, secure the benefits of Brexit, and ensure we have the right framework for tech firms to compete and grow in the UK.
Second, a range of measures from protecting the health of young people and supporting private renters and landlords will strengthen our society.
Third, we will keep people safe by making sure the police have the powers they need, criminals get the punishment they deserve, and society is protected from terrorism. This includes the Sentencing Bill and the Criminal Justice Bill, giving the police more powers to keep us safe.
Fourth, we can promote Britain's national interests by backing our Armed Forces, supporting Ukraine and leading the way on the challenges of the future: climate change and AI.
I am particularly pleased to see the crime and justice measures announced in the King's Speech, which will ensure the most serious criminals will receive the sentences they deserve. However, crime evolves as technology does, and the Government is giving police the tools they need to prevent new and complex crimes, such as digital-enabled crime, child sexual abuse, and child grooming.
I am surprised not to see a new Mental Health Bill for politicians to consider ahead of the General Election. This is an area that needs reform and has considerable support across the political divide. It is an issue that I know many constituents take an interest and I will watch carefully to see what action ministers take on this policy area.