Lib Dems offer fresh Brexit vote in election manifesto

by Garry Watts May 27, 2017, 10:19

Mr Farron said the visit to the secondary school highlighted his manifesto's central point of "hope for the future, particularly for young people, not just by giving us the option still to remain should the Brexit deal not be one that people like".

He said the haircut is the "purest example" of his passion for the Lib Dems.

"And if you don't like that deal, you should have the choice to remain in the European Union", he said.

The party, which released its election manifesto today (May 17), also said it would renationalise the Southern Rail and Govia Thameslink rail franchises, which have been locked in long-running industrial disputes over the past year.

The manifesto also includes plans to legalise cannabis and raise £1 billion in duty from controlled sales of the drug, a pledge to welcome 50,000 Syrian refugees, and a scrappage scheme for diesel cars.

After the U-turn over tuition fees contributed to the 2015 battering at the ballot box, the party is not repeating its commitment to scrap them, instead insisting the NHS is a bigger priority.

This would be part of the £48bn the party had pledged for the NHS over the coming parliament, of which £6bn a year and £30bn in total would be raised through increasing income tax by 1p in every pound, said Mr Farron.

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"We will.... establish a review to consider the case for, and practical implications of, introducing a single rate of tax relief for pensions, which would be created to be simpler and fairer and would be set more generously than the current 20 per cent basic rate relief".

THE LIBERAL DEMONCRATS have pledged to roll back the far-reaching surveillance powers introduced under the Conservative government, slamming them as an "Orwellian nightmare".

He added: "Nigel Farage's vision for Britain is now Theresa May's".

Former minister Vince Cable deemed the ruling Conservatives' approach "very foolish", as he told AFP of the party's election chances. Anti-Europe. Anti-refugees. Slashing funding to schools and hospitals.

"The Liberal Democrats can not be trusted to stand up to the Tories - and as we know their manifesto pledges are not worth the paper they're written on".

To persuade voters, they need to be seen to be doing this for the right reasons in the eyes of the public.

The manifesto will also include plans to reverse cuts to school and college budgets by protecting per pupil funding in real terms and introducing a fairer national funding system, to include protection so that no school loses out, the party says.


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