Queen's speech to be Brown's last-ditch effort to repair his reputation

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London, Nov. 18 (ANI): In a bid to rescue his ruined political reputation before the next general election, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will make a final attempt when the Queen delivers a speech outlining Labour's moves for new legislation.

But the speech has already been slammed by many.

The Daily Star quoted Conservative leader David Cameron, as saying that it was a "shameless" last chance saloon for Labour that would lack any "reforming zeal".

He claimed it would be the "most divisive, short-termist, shamelessly self-serving" speech "in living memory", which would fail to address the "triple crisis" of recession, "broken society" and the MPs' expenses row.

Earlier, a Cabinet minister was caught boasting that it would be the "most political" address in the 12 years since Labour came to power.

Liberal Democratic leader Nick Clegg said Brown should scrap talk of new legislation and concentrate on "cleaning up Westminster".

And he added that the PM had a duty to "hand on a legacy to the next Parliament" instead of hijacking the speech for political ends.

The Queen is expected to talk about a new Financial Services and Business Bill, giving the Financial Services Authority (FSA) power to ban bankers' bonuses if they take reckless and excessive risks.

She is also expected to outline a Policing, Crime and Private Security Bill, which will force sexual or serious offenders convicted before 2004 or abroad to add their details to a DNA database. (ANI)

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