State Opening of Parliament

State Opening of Parliament

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What's the significance of the State Opening of Parliament? Key players involved explain the purpose of the ceremony and the Queen's Speech and talk about what happens after the event.

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Participants in the interview

  • the Lord Speaker, Baroness Hayman
  • the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow MP
  • Black Rod, Sir Freddie Viggers
  • the Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Royall of Blaisdon
  • Lord Strathclyde, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lords
  • Baroness D'Souza, the Convenor of the Crossbench Peers, and
  • Lord McNally, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the Lords.

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