BREXIT dominates the package of measures in this year's Queen Speech, but the Prime Minister has come under fire for it being 'threadbare' after flagship manifesto policies had to be scrapped.

Of 27 bills and draft bills unveiled in the Queen’s Speech, eight are devoted to the complex process of withdrawal from the EU, including a Repeal Bill to overturn the 1972 Act which originally took Britain into the European Economic Community and separate Bills on customs, trade, immigration, fisheries, agriculture, nuclear safeguards and the international sanctions regime.

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire and recent terror attacks, the Prime Minister Theresa May also announced plans for a Civil Disaster Reaction Taskforce and a new Commission for Countering Extremism, as well as a review of counter-terror strategy and the creation of an independent public advocate to act on behalf of bereaved families.

Mrs May called the snap election in the hope of securing an increased majority but after losing her mandate due to the hung parliament result, and because no deal has yet been finalised with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the Prime Minister has been forced to drop a number of policies including the scrapping of universal free school lunches, a vote on fox hunting, means-testing of the winter fuel payment, an energy price cap and the reform of social care funding, branded a “dementia tax” by critics.

The Queen's Speech has come under some criticism nationally and locally.

Labour councillor Joy Squires, who stood as a parliamentary candidate earlier this month, said: "This is a threadbare Queen’s Speech, offering little hope to our over-stretched and underfunded schools, hospitals, police and fire services," Cllr Squires said.

"I am pleased that the worst excesses of the Tory manifesto, like the Dementia Tax and re-introducing fox hunting, have been ditched."

But Mid-Worcestershire MP Nigel Huddleston said it was a positive and consumer-friendly speech.

"It is encouraging to hear that the Government is pursuing a consensus on Brexit," the MP said.

"As a rural MP, I was particularly pleased that the commitment to a fairer funding formula in education spending was reaffirmed, as well as further spending on the NHS and important transport infrastructure.

"Pressing expansions like High Speed Rail were addressed, but I was glad that there was also mention of the infrastructure of the future, such as electric cars and commercial satellites.

"A reference to fairer markets for consumers was also vital - I was happy that the Government made clear that this was a priority."