Thursday, 18 May 2017

Details of the Conservative Party Manifesto: a mainstream leader for the mainstream

Theresa May and her team have today launched the Conservative Party’s manifesto, Forward Together: Our Plan for a Stronger Britain and a More Prosperous Future
Full test here:

The next five years will be the most challenging our nation has faced in generations. 
Getting Brexit right is central to everything: our place in the world, our economic security and our future prosperity. So now more than ever, Britain needs strong, stable leadership under Theresa May to get the best Brexit deal for our country and its people.

And we also need strong, stable leadership to make the most of the challenges that lie beyond. Our nation faces five giant challenges in the years ahead and this manifesto addresses them head on:

1.     To make sure our economy stays strong and to bring prosperity to the whole of our country. 
2.     To emerge from Brexit a strong and united nation able to take a lead in the world to defend Britain’s interests.
3.     Overcome social divisions by giving people real opportunity and making Britain the world’s Great Meritocracy.
4.     To restore the contract between generations that provides security for older people while being fair to the young.
5.     To seize the opportunities of changing technology, while ensuring that our security and personal privacy – and the welfare of children and younger people – are still protected
So there is a clear choice: strong, stable leadership under Theresa May through Brexit and beyond – or the shambles of Jeremy Corbyn propped up by the other parties in a hung Parliament which everyone will pay for.

Key announcements – the difference that strong and stable leadership can make:

On Brexit:
Only the strong, stable leadership of Theresa May will deliver the Brexit deal that Britain needs to prosper in the years ahead. Jeremy Corbyn is a shambles and would make a complete mess of these negotiations –ordinary working families would pay the price with more debt, higher taxes, fewer jobs and a less secure future.

On our long-term plan for elderly care:
We are making a commitment to a long-term plan to make the social care system fundamentally fairer, better funded and more sustainable, helping to ensure elderly people receive the dignified and high quality care they deserve.

On NHS funding:
We value our NHS deeply and will increase spending by a minimum of £8 billion in real terms over the next five years, delivering an increase in real funding per head of population for every year of the parliament.  Over the course of the next parliament, we will embark on the most ambitious programme of capital investment in buildings and technology the NHS has ever seen.

On pensions:
A decade ago, poverty blighted the retirement of many older people. That’s why we introduced the Triple Lock – where the State Pension rises by the highest of earnings, inflation, or 2.5 per cent. That has worked – increasing the State Pension by over £1,250 and reducing pensioner poverty to historically low levels.

We now need to make sure we continue to provide dignity to older people and fairness to working people. Our Double Lock will deliver that by ensuring pensions will rise in line with the earnings that pay for them, or in line with inflation – whichever is highest

On getting immigration down to sustainable levels – which means the tens of thousands:
We will establish an immigration policy that allows us to reduce and control the number of people who come to Britain from the European Union and continue to bear down on immigration from outside the EU. This is a choice between Theresa May, providing strong and stable leadership as leave the EU to bear down on immigration, or a shambolic Jeremy Corbyn who doesn’t even think we need to reduce immigration. 

On taxes:
The Conservatives will always be the party that keeps tax as low as possible and spends the proceeds responsibly. It is our firm intention to reduce taxes on Britain’s businesses and working families. Compare that to the shambles of Jeremy Corbyn whose spending promises don’t add up – and would have to raise taxes on families and small businesses across the country.

On the deficit:
We will continue to restore the public finances over the course of the next Parliament, which will guide us to a balanced budget by the middle of the next decade. We have worked hard since 2010 to get public spending under control and the deficit is now down by three quarters as a share of our economy.

On school funding:
We will increase the overall schools budget by £4 billion in real terms by 2022 and ensure that no school has its budget cut as a result of the new, fair funding formula.  

On fair energy markets:
We will cap energy prices to protect ordinary working families from unjustified rises in energy bills and help them have more control of their energy costs.

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