Election 2017: Summary of Conservative Manifesto pledges

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While the “Strong and Stable” mantra dominating Conservative party speeches in the past few weeks was re-emphasised within the manifesto, it was the words “Forward Together” instead taking centre-stage above the Prime Minister at the Conservatives manifesto launch on Thursday.

With much speculation regarding whether previous commitments from the 2015 manifesto would be upheld, the launch was greatly anticipated by press and opposition alike.

Here is a breakdown of some of the key points:

Brexit

  • Commitment to ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ in negotiations
  • Seek exit of the single market
  • Negotiate a free trade agreement with the EU along with trade negotiations with the rest of the world
  • Final Brexit agreement will be subject to a vote in parliament
  • The “Great Repeal Bill” will incorporate existing EU law into UK law
  • Reduce net migration to the “tens of thousands”

Democracy

  • Repeal the Fixed Term Parliament Act
  • Voters will need ID at future elections
  • No Scottish referendum at this time

Media

  • No follow up to the Leveson inquiry (Leveson 2)
  • Repealing Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act

Housing and Infrastructure

  • Additional 500,000 homes built on top of 1 million promised by 2020
  • Committing £40 Billion to transport improvements over next three years
  • Supporting HS2
  • Eliminate rough sleeping by 2027

Economy and Welfare

  • Eliminate the deficit by 2025
  • Taking away the “triple-lock” on state pensions and replacing with a “double-lock”
  • Winter fuel allowance taken away from “better off” pensioners to fund social care to be means tested
  • Increase personal allowance to £12,500 and increase higher rate to £50,000
  • Legislate tougher regulation of tax advisory firms to reduce tax evasion and avoidance
  • Further protections for private pension schemes

Energy and Climate Change

  • Support the development of the fracking industry in the UK
  • Base energy policy on its outcomes of affordability and reliability
  • Use new technologies and industrial opportunities to maintain global climate change commitment

Health and Social Care

  • Increase in asset protection for elderly care from £23,250 to £100,000 when paying for healthcare
  • Inclusion of homes as an asset, however nobody will have to sell their home until they die to pay for care
  • Amend the mental health act and further investment in mental health services
  • Increase NHS investment by £8 Billion over next 5 years
  • Increase Immigration Health surcharge to £450 for international students

Education

  • Lift ban on selective schools
  • Investment in further education colleges
  • Development of more technical qualifications such as construction
  • Degree apprenticeship routes to include teaching and nursing

 The launch has criticised by both Labour and the Liberal Democrats, with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn saying on BBC Radio 2 that the Conservatives have “betrayed millions of pensioners”.

Prime Minister, Theresa May said that a Conservative government would “deliver for mainstream Britain”.