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Police forces facing sharp budget cuts offered no relief in Queen's speech

Police forces across the region facing sharp cuts in their budgets, have been offered no relief in today's Queen's speech.

The government policies outlined in the speech before parliament this morning set the scene for further austerity measures across the board to eliminate the national deficit.

Hertfordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd says it's about listening to what the public wants.

What I have said in my Police and Crime Commissioner plan is that there are things that the people in Hertfordshire want and that is to have local neighbourhood policing.

They want to make sure they don't have to pay anymore for policing and they want to make sure that victims are put at the heart of everything they are doing.

– David Lloyd, Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner
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Queen's speech draws praise, anger and concern

The Queen's Speech did not go down well with everyone. Credit: PA

The first all-Conservative Queen's Speech for two decades drew praise, anger and concern.

While much of the reaction will focus on the future of the UK's membership of the European Union, human rights and immigration, there were differing responses to issues closer to home.

Unions pledged to fight plans to introduce a threshold in strike ballots, while business leaders welcomed measures to increase the number of jobs and apprenticeships.

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: "This is a Queen's Speech which entrenches inequality.

"Visits to food banks will increase as benefit cuts bite, the sale of housing association stock will not address the housing crisis and more families will be uprooted due to the bedroom tax."

While Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: "The Government's plan to cut housing benefit for 18-21 year-olds could spell disaster for thousands of young people who cannot live with their parents.

"At an age when other young people are leaving home to travel, work or study, growing numbers could be facing homelessness and the terrifying prospect of roughing it on the streets."

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Duke and Duchess leave for Norfolk with Princess Charlotte

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have left Kensington Palace with four-day-old Princess Charlotte for their Norfolk home Anmer Hall.

William and Kate headed out of London with their new baby and her elder brother Prince George as they made their way to their home in East Anglia.

They will spend the first few weeks of the princess's life in their refurbished Georgian mansion on the Queen's private Sandringham estate as they get to grips with looking after both a newborn and a toddler.

The couple's Range Rover, being driven by William with Kate in the front passenger seat, was seen leaving Kensington Palace on what was Princess Charlotte's first outing since leaving hospital.

Kensington Palace confirmed the family had set off for Anmer Hall.

William is on two weeks paternity leave from his job as an air ambulance helicopter pilot and is expected to start the final phase of his training at the beginning of June.

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Queen leaves after meeting new Princess Charlotte

The Queen has left Kensington Palace after meeting her newborn great-granddaughter, Princess Charlotte, for the first time.

The Queen has now left Kensington Palace Credit: PA

Dressed in a lilac ensemble, the Queen arrived this afternoon to meet the newest member of the royal family.

Charlotte's grandparents - including Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton - have already visited the baby princess.

She was born on Saturday morning, weighing 8lbs 3oz.

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Prince William registers Princess Charlotte's birth

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have formally registered the birth of Princess Charlotte.

The Duke of Cambridge signed the birth register at Kensington Palace this afternoon witnessed by a Registrar from Westminster Register Office.

William registers Princess Charlotte's birth Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
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