New parliament opened, to addressing the growing threat of war abroad and Mary,queen of Scots at home.
Subsidies granted as asked, and parliament offered more if the the Queen agreed to become ruler of the Netherlands (she was offered the title by Protestant rebels) - Elizabeth refused.
The Puritans still continued their campaign to reform the church, this was led by Travers and Field, also joined by Cartwright, who returned from exile in Geneva. A 'Book of Discipline' had been drawn up to replace the Prayer book, and a huge number of petitions to parliament had been prepared. One organised by Field and presented to parliament in 1586, this petition came from 2,537 parishes. However when parliament re-assembled, the discover of the Babington plot placed Mary queen of Scots as the focus of the concerns of parliament. Mary Queen of Socts was convicted of treason in October 1586, however Elizabeth delayed signing a death warrant. The focus of the council became, getting Elizabeth to sign the warrant this lasted until February 1587. At that point the bill to reform the Prayer book (copes bill) was presented by Anthony Cope, but the speaker refused to let it be read out, citing the Queens embargo of 1572. Four Purtian MP's challenged the ruling and Peter Wentworth again protested freedom of speech, but Sir Christopher Hatton prevented a debate and the Queen confiscated the bill. Wentworth and others were sent to the tower for private 'plotting' outside parliament, which were not protected by parliamentary privileges. they remained in the tower until parliament was dissolved in March 1587