Election 2019: The party manifestos in a nutshell

The general election is only ten days away and the polls currently put the Tories on the brink of a hung parliament, a slim majority or a comfortable majority after December 12th.

There are five main parties standing candidates across the UK; the Conservative Party, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the Brexit Party and the Greens.

So what would these parties do if they found themselves in the position of forming a government? Here is a brief summary of the main parties’ manifestos.

Conservative Party

  • Increase the number of nurses by 50,000
  • ‘Get Brexit done’ in 2020, with no extension of the transition period
  • No increase to income tax, VAT or National Insurance
  • Increase pensions by at least 2.5% per year
  • Introduce a points-based immigration system
  • Build a new rail line between Manchester and Leeds
  • Reach net zero emissions by 2050

Labour

  • Increase the health budget by 4.3% and cut private provision within the NHS
  • Renegotiate the Brexit deal and put it to a second referendum against Remain
  • Raise the minimum wage to £10 an hour for all workers over 16
  • Reach net zero emissions in the 2030s
  • Nationalise the National Grid, water companies, gas firms, Royal Mail, rail networks, and the broadband arm of BT
  • Abolish the charitable status of private schools and scrap tuition fees
  • Build 100,000 council homes a year

Liberal Democrats

  • Stop Brexit by revoking Article 50 (should the party form a majority government)
  • Spend £7bn more on the NHS through an extra penny on income tax
  • Generate 80% of electricity from renewable energy by 2030
  • Introduce a frequent flyers tax
  • Legalise cannabis
  • Recruit 20,000 more teachers

Green Party

  • Spend £100bn a year to cut emissions and remove fossil fuels from the economy
  • Scrap tuition fees and write off student debt for ex-students
  • Introduce a basic income for everyone of £89
  • Second referendum on Brexit with Remain on the ballot
  • Ban single-use plastics
  • Replace the voting system with a proportional system
  • Invest £6bn more in the NHS and reduce private sector involvement in the health service

Brexit Party

  • Leave the EU with no extension to the transition period at the end of 2020
  • Reduce annual immigration with a points-based system
  • Cut VAT on fuel and reduce corporation tax
  • Provide free broadband in deprived regions of the country, as well as offer free wifi on public transport
  • Scrap inheritance tax, HS2 and the license fee
  • Reform the Supreme Court into an American-style system

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