Lib Dems pledge to bin 'draconian' surveillance powers if elected

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27 May, 2017

The manifesto says: "We want Britain to be the best place in the world to save for, and enjoy, your retirement".

'In the biggest fight for the future of our country in a generation, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour has let you down by voting with Theresa May on Brexit, not against her.

The Lib Dems would assemble a constitutional convention to "deliver home rule to each of the nations of a strong, federal United Kingdom".

It's time for Southern to go - and the Lib Dems are committed to giving the contract to another company who can make sure the trains are run on time.

Senior Lib Dem Sir Simon Hughes, who is the candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, said: "Too many Londoners are being left behind by our broken housing market".

A Lib Dem government would offer budding entrepreneurs a "start-up allowance" to help cover living costs in the first six months of setting up their business, the party will announce today.

A GP standing for election for the Liberal Democrats has welcomed the party's manifesto pledge to pump an extra £6 billion a year into health and social care.

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Launching the Liberal Democrat manifesto for the June 8 General Election, Mr Farron said the document set out a vision of an "open, tolerant and united" Britain far removed from the "cold, mean-spirited" country favoured by Mrs May and Mr Farage.

You wait ages for the main parties to launch their election manifestos and then two come along (almost) at once.

The party has said already that it will add a penny to income tax to fund NHS spending, and the manifesto reveals that Farron's party would also increase corporation tax to pay for schools investments. Theresa May has said the plans are part of a consultation and final decisions have not yet been made.

The Lib Dems say it will cost £450 million to extend free meals to all junior school children in 2018-19, rising to £725 million in 2012-22.

Vowing to retain the Human Rights Act and strengthen punishments for hate crime, the party also promised to allow 50,000 more Syrian refugees into Britain and to reopen the Dubs scheme for unaccompanied child refugees.

The Liberal Democrats will reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets by protecting per pupil funding in real terms and introduce a fairer national funding system, which includes protection so that no school loses out.

They say the budget would be balanced for day-to-day spending by the following year - though the United Kingdom would still borrow cash for major one-off capital infrastructure projects.


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