20 Broken Tory Promises from 2015

Broken Promise 1: We will balance the books by 2017 and then run a budget surplus

Reality: For fiscal year ending March 2017 difference between spending and revenue is estimated to be £53.9 billion

2015 Conservative Election Promise 1 APT

Broken Promise 2: We will not increase VAT, Income Tax or National Insurance Contributions

Reality: Chancellor Philip Hammond hiked NICs in his first Budget in 2017 before a U-turn a week later

2015 Conservative Election Broken Promise 2 APT

Broken Promise 3: We will work to end child poverty

Reality: Upward trend in child poverty in the UK has continued for the third year running

Broken Promise 4: We will deliver a strong NHS

Reality: Waiting times have increased, A&E is in meltdown and medics were forced to strike

2015 Conservative Election Broken Promise 4 APT

Broken Promise 5: We will cut net migration to below 100,000 people a year

Reality: Net migration is running at 273,000 a year. +268,000/-103,000 EU citizens, +257,000/-93,000 non-EU citizens and +71,000/-128,000 were British citizens

2015 Conservative Election Broken Promise 5 APT

Broken Promise 6: We will safeguard British interests in the EU single market

Reality: Conservatives are pulling us out of the single market as part

Broken Promise 7: We will protect schools funding

Reality: Funding is being cut by 6.5%

Broken Promise 8: We will boost mental health funding

Reality: Only half of mental health trusts say they received a real-terms increase to budgets

Broken Promise 9: We will scrap the Human Rights Act and introduce a British Bill of Rights

Reality: Theresa May abandoned the plan after becoming PM

2015 Conservative Election Broken Promise 9 APT

Broken Promise 10: We will abolish long-term youth unemployment

Reality: 81,000 people aged 16-24 had been unemployed for over 12 months at December 2016-February 2017

Broken Promise 11: We will electrify main North rail routes

Reality: Project was paused two months after the 2015 election and is now well behind schedule

Broken Promise 12: We will recover £500million a year from migrants who use the NHS by the middle of the next Parliament

Reality: Total cost recovery for 2015/16 is estimated at £289m, 58% of the ambition

2015 Conservative Election Broken Promise 12 APT

Broken Promise 13: We will give workers the right to three days’ volunteering leave a year on full pay

Reality: Never happened.

Broken Promise 14: We will increase British exports to £1trillion by 2020

Reality: Now admit target will not be hit

2015 Conservative Election Broken Promise 14 APT

Broken Promise 15: We will ban wild animals in circuses

Reality: Conservative MPs blocked the Bill in Parliament

Broken Promise 16: We will ensure the NHS has enough staff to meet patients’ needs.

Reality: NHS has a staffing crisis

Broken Promise 17: We will clamp down on dangerous extremists with new Extremism Disruption Orders

Reality: Counter-Extremism Bill never appeared as lawyers failed to agree a definition of “extremism”

2015 Conservative Election Broken Promise 17 APT

Broken Promise 18:  We will improve welfare with the new Universal Credit system

Reality: It was delayed yet again in 2016

Broken Promise 19: We will introduce a new Victims’ Law to enshrine key rights for victims of crime

Reality : It never happened

Broken Promise 20:  We will cap residential social care charges from April 2016

Reality: The plan was delayed until 2020

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