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The Queen’s speech today contained the government’s legislative agenda for the next year. Amongst economic measures to help with the banking and housing crisis, and some shonky-looking proposal to subject benefits claimants to lie detector tests (wtf?!), there will be legislation proposed to reclassify lap-dancing clubs as sex establishments for licensing purposes. Currently they are licensed in the same way as cafes.

This legislation has been campaigned for by Object and Fawcett amongst others. Have a look at Object’s Stripping the Illusion campaign for more.

Also included will be a new equalities bill, to “promote fairness, fight discrimination and introduce transparency in the workplace to address the pay gap between men and women”.