Tory MPs Urge Burka Ban, Death Penalty And Abolition Of Nick Clegg (Vote On 'Tory Taliban' Bills)

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Tory MPs have tabled a series of Bills that would, among other things, ban the burka, privatise the BBC, bring back the death penalty, take the UK out of the European Union, rename a day after Margaret Thatcher and abolish Nick Clegg.

The list of 40 Private Members Bills published on Friday (full list below), dubbed an 'Alternative Queen's Speech', is a wish list of the Conservative right and the four MPs behind it have been nicknamed the "Tory Taliban".

As The Daily Telegraph reported yesterday, Peter Bone, Christopher Chope, Philip Hollobone and David Nuttall camped out in the parliamentary bill office for four nights in order to secure the right to introduce the pieces of legislation.

The Bills are highly unlikely to ever make it into law but the MPs will be given the chance to promote them in the Commons over the next year.

The Margaret Thatcher Day Bill would rename the annual Bank Holiday Monday in late August after the former Tory prime minister.

The Capital Punishment Bill would bring back the death penalty for certain offences and the Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill would ban the burka.

The BBC Licence Fee (Civil Debt) Bill would decriminalise the non-payment of the BBC licence fee while the BBC Privatisation Bill would privatisatise the broadcaster by providing shares in the Corporation to all licence fee payers.

The four Tories are no fans of the coalition, the Lib Dems, or Nick Clegg - and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Abolition) Bill would get rid of the office of the deputy prime minister and allocate its responsibilities to other departments.

Peter Bone, who has frequently worried about whether Clegg would take over the government should David Cameron be assassinated, has tabled the Prime Minister (Replacement) Bill that would formalise the process of who would seize power.

Anti-European Union policies make several appearances, including the Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill which would cut the number of welfare payments immigrants could receive and the Romanian and Bulgarian Accession (Labour Restriction) Bill which would stop the lifting of migration restrictions imposed on people from those two nations.

The United Kingdom (Withdrawal from the European Union) Bill goes a bit further and would force the UK to leave the EU.

Other Bills include calls for a referendum on gay marriage, the abolition of the ring-fenced foreign aid budget and the scrapping of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The Smoking (Private Members’ Clubs) Bill would allow people to smoke in a private members’ club if a majority of the members of the club so decide.

And the Sexual Impropriety in Employment Bill would limit sexual harassment claims being brought in a workplace unless the alleged misconduct broke the law and had been reported to the police.

Full List Of The Tory Alternative Queen's Speech (VOTE)

1) Face Coverings (Prohibition) - Bill to prohibit the wearing of certain face coverings; and for connected purposes.

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Face Coverings (Prohibition)

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2) National Service - Bill to provide a system of national service for young persons; and for connected purposes.

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National Service

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3) European Communities Act 1972 (Repeal) - Bill to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and related legislation; and for connected purposes.

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European Communities Act 1972 (Repeal)

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4) Young Offenders (Parental Responsibility) - Bill to make provision for the parents of young offenders to be legally responsible for their actions.

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Young Offenders (Parental Responsibility)

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5) Foreign National Offenders (Exclusion from the United Kingdom) - Bill to make provision to exclude from the United Kingdom foreign nationals found guilty of a criminal offence committed in the United Kingdom.

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Foreign National Offenders (Exclusion from the United Kingdom)

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6) Asylum Seekers (Return to Nearest Safe Country) - Bill to facilitate the transfer of asylum seekers to the safe country nearest their country of origin.

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Asylum Seekers (Return to Nearest Safe Country)

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7) Prisoners (Completion of Custodial Sentences) - Bill to require prisoners to serve in prison the full custodial sentence handed down by the court.

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Prisoners (Completion of Custodial Sentences)

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8) Fishing Grounds and Territorial Waters (Repatriation) - Bill to make provision for the Government to designate certain fishing grounds and territorial waters as sovereign territory of the United Kingdom outside the control of the Common Fisheries Policy.

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Fishing Grounds and Territorial Waters (Repatriation)

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9) School Governing Bodies (Adverse Weather Conditions) - Bill to require school governing bodies and headteachers to make provision to keep schools open in adverse weather conditions.

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School Governing Bodies (Adverse Weather Conditions)

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10) Capital Punishment - Bill to allow for capital punishment for certain offences.

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Capital Punishment

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11) Government Departments (Amalgamation of Scotland Office, Wales Office and Northern Ireland Office) - Bill to make provision for the amalgamation of the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Offices.

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Government Departments (Amalgamation of Scotland Office, Wales Office and Northern Ireland Office)

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12) Residential Roads (Adoption by Local Highways Authority) - Bill to require the handover of residential roads built by developers to local highways authorities within certain time periods; and for connected purposes.

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Residential Roads (Adoption by Local Highways Authority)

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13) Equality and Diversity (Reform) - Bill to prohibit the use of affirmative and positive action in recruitment and appointment processes; to amend the Equality Act 2010 to remove the special provision for political parties in relation to the selection of candidates; and for connected purposes.

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Equality and Diversity (Reform)

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14) Sentencing Escalator - Bill to provide that a criminal reconvicted for an offence on a second or further occasion receives a longer sentence than for the first such offence.

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Sentencing Escalator

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15) Leasehold Reform (Amendment) - Bill to amend the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 in relation to the permitted signatories of notices; and for connected purposes.

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Leasehold Reform (Amendment)

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16) BBC Licence Fee (Civil Debt) - Bill to make provision to decriminalise the non-payment of the BBC licence fee.

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BBC Licence Fee (Civil Debt)

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17) Smoking (Private Members’ Clubs) - Bill to make provision to allow smoking in a separate ventilated room in a private members’ club if a majority of the members of the club so decide.

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Smoking (Private Members’ Clubs)

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18) Margaret Thatcher Day - Bill to make provision that the annual Bank Holiday Monday in late August be known as Margaret Thatcher Day.

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Margaret Thatcher Day

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19) Department of Energy and Climate Change (Abolition) - Bill to make provision for the abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change and for its functions to be absorbed into the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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Department of Energy and Climate Change (Abolition)

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20) Married Couples (Tax Allowance) - Bill to make provision for a tax allowance for married couples.

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Married Couples (Tax Allowance)

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21) Foreign Aid Ring-Fencing (Abolition) - Bill to make provision for foreign aid and development not to be linked to a specific percentage of Gross National Income, but to be set yearly, by Parliament, in relation to need.

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Foreign Aid Ring-Fencing (Abolition)

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22) Charitable Status for Religious Institutions - Bill to make provision for a presumption that religious institutions meet the public benefit test for charitable status.

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23) Same Sex Marriage (Referendum) - Bill to make provision for a referendum on whether same sex marriage should be allowed.

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Same Sex Marriage referendum

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24) Wind Farm Subsidies (Abolition) - Bill to make provision for the cessation of subsidies for the development of wind farms.

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Wind Farm Subsidies (Abolition)

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25) Withdrawal from the European Convention of Human Rights and Removal of Alleged Terrorists - Bill to make provision for an application to the Council of Europe to withdraw from the European Convention of Human Rights and to deport alleged terrorists subject to approval by the British courts.

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26) Romanian and Bulgarian Accession (Labour Restriction) - Bill to make provision for restrictions on the residence in the UK of Bulgarian and Romanian nationals to continue.

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Romanian and Bulgarian Accession (Labour Restriction)

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27) BBC Privatisation - Bill to make provision for the privatisation of the British Broadcasting Corporation by providing shares in the Corporation to all licence fee payers.

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BBC Privatisation

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28) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Abolition) - Bill to make provision for the abolition of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and its responsibilities to be allocated to other Departments of State.

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Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Abolition)

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29) Prime Minister (Replacement) - Bill to make provision for the appointment of a Prime Minister in the event that a Prime Minister is temporarily or permanently incapacitated.

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Prime Minister (Replacement)

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30) United Kingdom (Withdrawal from the European Union) - Bill to make provision for the Government to give notice under Article 50 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union; and for connected purposes.

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United Kingdom (Withdrawal from the European Union)

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31) Asylum (Time Limit) - Bill to require that asylum claims in the United Kingdom be lodged within three months of the claimant’s arrival in the United Kingdom; and that persons who have already entered the United Kingdom and wish to make an asylum claim must do so within three months of the passing of this Act.

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Asylum (Time Limit)

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32) Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) - Bill to make provision to restrict the entitlement of non-UK Citizens from the European Union and the European Economic Area to taxpayer-funded benefits.

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Benefit Entitlement (Restriction)

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33) Illegal Immigrants (Criminal Sanctions) - Bill to make provision for criminal sanctions against those who have entered the UK illegally or who have remained in the UK without legal authority.

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Illegal Immigrants (Criminal Sanctions)

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34) Sexual Impropriety in Employment - Bill to require that claims by employees alleging sexual impropriety be limited to cases where the alleged misconduct is contrary to the criminal law and has been reported to the police.

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Sexual Impropriety in Employment

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35) Collection of Nationality Data - Bill to require the collection and publication of information relating to the nationality of those in receipt of benefits and of those to whom national insurance numbers are issued.

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Collection of Nationality Data

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36) Foreign Nationals (Access to Public Services) - Bill to restrict access by foreign nationals to United Kingdom public services for which no charge is made.

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Collection of Nationality Data

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37) House of Lords (Maximum Membership) - Bill to provide for a maximum limit on the number of Peers entitled to vote in the House of Lords, and to provide for a moratorium on new appointments.

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House of Lords (Maximum Membership)

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38) Control of Offshore Wind Turbines - Bill to restrict the height, number, location and subsidies of wind turbines situated offshore within 20 miles of the coast.

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Control of Offshore Wind Turbines

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39) Employment Opportunities - Bill to introduce more freedom, flexibility and opportunity for those seeking employment in the public and private sectors; and for connected purposes.

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Employment Opportunities

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40) EU Membership (Audit of Costs and Benefits) - Bill to require an independent audit of the benefits and costs of UK membership of the European Union.

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EU Membership (Audit of Costs and Benefits)

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