Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

UK Lib Dems put Brexit at center of manifesto

The party, which has been polling under 10 percent, conceded that the Tories are set to make big gains in the June 8 election.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is embroiled in another row over his personal beliefs, this time for comments he made about abortion being "wrong at any time" and "too widely available". Perhaps understandably, it seeks to limit the ambition of the party to being a stronger opposition, rather than seeking to enter government. They become complacent and take poor decisions.

The Liberal Democrats have also said they accept that new nuclear power stations can "play a role" in electricity supply provided "concerns about safety, disposal of waste and cost are adequately addressed, new technology is incorporated, and there is no public subsidy for new build".

"A better future is possible".

In the manifesto it is goes further, saying it will extend free school meals to all primary schools and triple funding for the early years pupil premium, boosting it to £1,000.

It will also give tenants first refusal to buy the home they are renting from a landlord who decides to sell during the tenancy at the market rate according to an independent valuation.

Under the Lib Dems' proposals, voters would get the final say on the terms of the UK's Brexit deal, with an option on the ballot paper to remain a member of the EU.

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Mr Macron has promised that half of those candidates will be new to elected politics, as he was before Sunday. Europe and Germany would not simply suffer if Macron fails: they would benefit if he succeeds.

At the heart of the 95 page document is a pledge to raise income tax on all earners by 1p to pay for extra spending on health and social care and a pledge to hold a second European Union referendum.

The party would use a Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank to help firms and housing associations fund the building of rent-to-own homes.

The party says it has "no intention of just throwing away our hard-fought efforts to control the deficit during the coalition years" and said it would commit to eliminating the deficit in day-to-day spending by 2020.

"We remain opposed to any expansion of Heathrow, Stansted or Gatwick and any new airport in the Thames estuary and will focus instead on improving existing regional airports such as Birmingham and Manchester", said the party in its manifesto.

The party would also restore government support of solar PV and onshore wind - the two technologies perhaps hardest hit by the Conservative government's cuts to renewables subsidies -as long as they were developed "in appropriate locations".

And the manifesto pledges £300 million a year to local police forces, which Lib Dems say would reverse the increase in violent crime and increase confidence in the police.

Former Lib Dem resource minster Dan Rogerson is attempting to regain the North Cornwall constituency after losing his seat to the Conservatives in the 2015 General Election.

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