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Tory Rebels Launch 'Alternative Queen's Speech' With Plans For Death Penalty, Tax Breaks For Marriage, Privatising BBC

20/06/2013 20:36 BST

An "Alternative Queen's Speech", including returning the death penalty, has been laid before Parliament after a group of MPs took advantage of an obscure Commons procedure, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The move could potentially spark a rebellion that would prove highly embarrassing for Prime Minister David Cameron.

The 'Alternative Queen's Speech' also include legislation to privatise the BBC, ban women from wearing the burka in public, end wind farm subsidies and the ringfence on foreign aid spending.

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Tim Loughton, Tory MP for Shoreham and East Worthing, has proposed tax breaks for married couples

Tory rebel Peter Bone said he believed Cameron "will be pretty relaxed about this".

He told the Telegraph: "This is a serious attempt to deliver policies that the British public really want. There are ideas here that could form the basis of a future Conservative manifesto."

When asked what he thought Cameron would make of the policies, Bone said: "I think the Prime Minister will be pretty relaxed about this."

One former minister is attempting to force a vote on introducing tax breaks for married couples, claiming that patience is "being severely stretched" over the failure to act on the Tory pledge.

Tim Loughton announced on Twitter that he has tabled an amendment to a Bill that would introduce a transferable allowance.

A pledge was included in the Conservative election manifesto and was followed by a commitment in the Coalition Agreement allowing Liberal Democrats, who object to the plans, to sit out a vote on the issue.

Loughton, a former children's minister, told the Daily Telegraph: "The Prime Minister has reiterated his huge enthusiasm for marriage. It is long overdue for him to put our money where his mouth is and honour the longstanding Conservative pledge to restore a transferable married couple's tax allowance and send out a clear message that we value marriage and family socially and financially.

"More than three years on from our manifesto commitment to bring in a transferable tax allowance, ratified in the Coalition Agreement, it appears no nearer and the patience of many hard-working home-based parents is being severely stretched.

"Time is running out to make good on our very clear commitment and the report stage of the Finance Bill presents one of the last opportunities to put this important measure on the statute book before the next election.

"My amendment gives the Chancellor maximum flexibility to do this and I hope he will seize this late opportunity."