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Leader – Theresa May

Theresa May Conservative MP and Prime Minister caricature APT

UK GE2017 Conservative Manifesto – Forward Together, Our Plan for a Stronger Britain and a Prosperous Future

Their manifesto focuses on ‘Five Giant Challenges’, which the Conservative party believe that Britain faces:

Theresa May and the Conservative 2017 General Election manifesto. Caricature APT

  1. The need for a strong economy
  2. Brexit and a changing world
  3. Enduring social divisions
  4. An ageing society
  5. Fast-changing technology

Further details from the manifesto are as follows:

  1. The need for a strong economy
    • Personal allowance increased to £12,500 (by 2020)
    • Higher rate of tax to £50,000 (by 2020)
    • VAT not to be increased
    • Reduce Corporation Tax to 17% (by 2020)
    • Increase the National Living Wage to 60 per cent of median earnings by 2020 and then by the rate of median earnings
    • Government investment in R&D to be 2.1% of GDP in ten years
    • £23 billion National Productivity Investment Fund
    • £2,000 Immigration Skills Charge to be levied on companies employing migrant workers by end of Parliament
    • 33% of central government purchasing will come from SME’s
    • £600 million invested in electric vehicle technology by 2020
  2. Brexit and a changing world
    • Devolution
    • Borderlands Growth Deal to secure prosperity in southern Scotland
    • North Wales Growth Deal
    • Continue to support S4C
    • UK Government civil servants and other public-servants to be relocated out of London and the South East to cities around the UK
    • Channel 4 to remain publicly owned and will be relocated out of London
    • Creation of Shared Prosperity Fund after leaving the European Union to reduce inequalities between communities
    • Great Repeal Bill
    • Will not repeal the Human Rights Act while the process of Brexit is underway but will consider the human rights legal framework when process of leaving EU concludes
    • Continue to maintain the United Nations and the UN Security Council, NATO, the Commonwealth, the G20, G7 and the World Trade Organization
    • Maintain commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on developing nations and international emergencies
    • Maintain overall size of the armed forces
    • Retain the Trident continuous-at-sea nuclear deterrent
    • Continue to meet NATO commitment to spend at least 2% of GDP on defence and defence budget to be increased by 0.5% above inflation in every year of the new parliament
    • Number of MP’s to be reduced to 600
    • £1 billion to be invested in modernising the prison estate
  3. Enduring social divisions
    • Build at least 100 new free schools a year
    • Lift ban on the establishment of selective schools
    • Increase schools budget by £4 billion by 2022
    • Free school lunches to all children for first three years of primary school cancelled
    • Free breakfast to be given to every child in every year of primary school
    • 3 million apprenticeships for young people by 2020
    • Reduce annual net migration tom the tens of thousands
    • Increase the earnings threshold for people wishing to sponser migrants for family visas
    • New Mental Health Bill
    • Smart meters to be offered to every household and business by end of 2020
    • Upgrade all fuel poor homes to EPC Band C by 2030
  4. An ageing society
    • Pensions Triple Lock to be maintained until 2020, after which it will be replaced with a new Double Lock (rise in line with earnings or inflation, whichever is highest)
    • State pension age will reflect increases in life expectancy
    • Family home will be taken into account along with other assets and income for care costs
    • A single capital floor for care costs will be set at £100,000 (including value of family home)
    • Payments for care can be defered until after death
    • Means test Winter Fuel Payment
    • Free bus passes, eye tests, prescriptions and TV licences to be maintained for duration of parliament
    • Increase NHS spending by a minimum of £8 billion in real terms over next 5 years
    • Increase the Immigration Health Surcharge, to £600 for migrant workers and £450 for international students to cover cost of NHS
    • 95% A&E tarent and 18 week elective care standard is retained
    • Definitive cancer diagnosis within 28 days by 2020
      Recruit more than 10,000 more mental health professionals
    • Institute a capital fund to help primary schools develop nurseries where they currently do not have the facilities to provide one
    • Introduce mental health first aid training for teachers in every primary and secondary school by the end of the parliament
  5. Fast-changing technology
    • At least one new institute of technology in the UK
    • Fund the British Business Bank with the repatriated funds from the European Investment Fund
    • Give people new rights to ensure they are in control of their own data, including the ability to require major social media platforms to delete information held about them at the age of 18
    • Combine parts of HM Land Registry, Ordnance Survey, the Valuation Office gency, the Hydrographic Office and the Geological Survey to create a comprehensive geospatial data body within government

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