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The Green Party's only MP, Caroline Lucas, has criticised the Conservative government's Queen's Speech for missing an "historic opportunity" to take action on climate change.
The Tories pledged to work with other countries on a new global deal at international discussions in Paris in December - but Ms Lucas said that was not enough.
The director of human rights group Liberty has welcomed a decision not to include plans to scrap the Human Rights Act in the Queen's Speech.
While the Conservative government used the speech to propose a British Bill of Rights, which had been expected to be a substitute for the act, the Human Rights Act was not specifically mentioned.
Unions have reacted with outrage to David Cameron's reform of strike laws which will prevent them action going ahead unless 40 per cent of workers agree.
Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union, said: "It is extraordinary that after more than 100 years of first past the post in public democratic elections in the UK, David Cameron wants to be the first Prime Minister who wants to use a handicapping system solely for union strike ballots.
"Under the new rules, he would not have been elected leader of the Tory party and 270 Tory MPs would have failed to be elected in the general election."
Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey added: "Given the profound challenges facing this nation, it is staggering that a priority for this government is not to create decent jobs and offer a helping hand to insecure workers but to attack trade unions.
"Seven million UK workers and their families turn to their unions for help.
"We urge this government to think again. People will not be fooled by claims to be the party of working people, if freedoms and democracy are swept away in a tide of repressive laws and showy PR."
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."
Prime Minister David Cameron said his Queen's Speech was designed to promote a 'One Nation' programme to help people in Britain at "every stage of life".
Among the measures announced was increased free childcare, a "seven-day NHS" and economic recovery.
A bill confirming the government intention for an in-out vote on Britain's membership of the European Union has been unveiled in the Queen's Speech.
The referendum is due to be held by the end of 2017.
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An EU referendum, more Scottish powers and tax freezes - but Cameron stopped short of scrapping the Human Rights Act, for now.