Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

May makes poll pledge to clamp down on immigration


To do that, May said she will remove some financial protections for pensioners - generally a group politicians are loath to alienate due to their high voter-turnout rates.

"There is good solid Conservatism, which puts the interests of the country and the interests of ordinary working people at the heart of everything we do in government", she said at a news conference to launch the Conservatives' policy pledges before a national election she called for June.

The manifesto renews a pledge to reduce net migration to under 100,000 a year, a promise that is popular with voters but which the party has failed to keep during seven years in government.

But Labour said it was an "all-out attack on pensioner incomes".

The Tory manifesto stresses a continued effort to "bear down on immigration from outside the European Union", including overseas students.

Sp now, we have before us the Conservative Party manifesto for the general election of 2017, a document in which the words "unity" and "united" appear nearly as often as Theresa May's ubiquitous slogan, the one about "strong and stable" government.

By deterring recruitment from non-EU countries, May hopes to cut net migration - the number of immigrants to the United Kingdom less the number of people who leave - to below 100,000.

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"It's our ambition to get it down", he said, adding: "It's our aim to continue to bear down on immigration".

It pledges to double to £2,000 ($2,600, 2,340 euros) a charge on companies hiring foreign workers, and cut immigration from outside the EU.

He said there would be a cost to the economy, but this had not yet been calculated "because we do not know specifically what year we are going to reach that point" of hitting the target.

If there is one thing to be said for the period in British politics through which we are now living, it's that the combination of the EU referendum shock, with its massive Leave majorities in many parts of England outside London, and the arrival of a large contingent of SNP MPs at Westminster two years ago, seems finally to have reminded the current British political establishment that they preside over a complex Union state, and not a kind of Westminster village writ large.

Elderly care in England could become more expensive and complex under proposals outlined in the Conservative party manifesto that was published on May 18. Those in residential care - whose property is already taken into account in the means test - can already do this.

The decision to scrap a planned £72,000 cap on social care bills was denounced by the author of a seminal report on the issue, Sir Andrew Dilnot, who said pensioners would be left "helpless" to control costs.

The Prime Minister's policy platform, which saw her vow to govern for "mainstream Britain" and deliver a strong economy after Brexit, included a radical shake-up of pensioner benefits and the system for funding social care.

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