Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
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In the aftermath of the NHS cyber-attack, May said her party would increase NHS spending by a minimum of £8 billion in real terms over the next five years.

The Conservative Party manifesto has said the Government may be willing to make a "reasonable" contribution to the European Union after Brexit.

The manifesto committed a Conservative government to reducing net migration to the "tens of thousands", maintaining as frictionless a border as possible between the two parts of Ireland and protecting British rule over Gibraltar.

"The security and prosperity of the United Kingdom is built on the global institutions that we helped to found and will continue to help maintain: the United Nations and the UN Security Council, NATO - the cornerstone of our defence, the Commonwealth, the G20, G7 and the World Trade Organization".

All sides have recognised in the House of Commons that social care needs more money, particularly given the country's ageing population.

"This manifesto - Forward, Together: Our Plan for a Stronger Britain and a Prosperous Future - will meet the great challenges of our time, beyond Brexit".

"As we advance on the momentous journey of Brexit, we have a chance to ask what kind of country we want", May said.

A Conservative Brexit will see Britain leave the European single market and custom union, however the party plans to pursue "a deep and special partnership" including a comprehensive free trade and customs agreement.

While acknowledging Britain was facing its most challenging period in 60 years, she said she wanted to build "a country where all that matters is the talent you have and how hard you're prepared to work". If we succeed the opportunities ahead of us will be great.

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He said Mrs May had clearly listened to concerns within her own party.

"The negotiations will undoubtedly be tough, and there will be give and take on both sides, but we continue to believe that no deal is better than a bad deal for the United Kingdom", said the manifesto, which was released in the northern England town of Halifax.

In a clear attempt to court traditional supporters of other parties such as the main opposition left-wing Labour Party and the right-wing UK Independence Party, May said she would ensure that markets worked in the interests of consumers, and tackle what she called exploitative behaviour. "There will be some who wish us to fall short, others who wish to hold us back, many others who will us to fail".

The policy document said the current figure of 273,000 people heading to Britain was "still too high" and promised to slash the number to "sustainable levels". "Even now it would cost £15,000 in government fees to sponsor a talented worker if they have a partner and three children".

The deficit stood at 2.6 percent of GDP in the last financial year which closed in March, down sharply from 10 percent in 2010 when the Conservative Party took power, after the global financial crisis blew a massive hole in the public finances.

However, it did not mention high-profile projects such as Crossrail 2 in the manifesto, simply stating that a new Tory government would "focus on creating extra capacity on the railways".

She promised that the Conservatives would be "upfront and honest about the scale of the task we face".

Speaking at the launch, Ms May said "every vote for me and my team is a vote that will strengthen my hand in those Brexit negotiations". "But we're saying that everyone can have that certainty that they will have at least £100,000 to pass onto their children and grandchildren".

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