Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives published their general election manifesto on Sunday, promising to deliver Brexit within weeks and end years of austerity if they win on December 12.
Entitled “Get Brexit Done — Unleash Britain’s Potential”, the 56-page document was launched in Telford, west central England.
Here are the details at a glance:
Johnson’s campaign slogan is “Get Brexit done” — something he stresses repeatedly in speeches.
If the centre-right Conservatives win a majority, Johnson says he will bring the legislation to parliament before Christmas for MPs to sign off the divorce deal he struck with Brussels — and Britain will leave the European Union by the end of January.
He then hopes to strike a new trade agreement with the EU before the transition period runs out at the end of December 2020 — something the Institute for Government think-tank says would be difficult to achieve.
The Conservatives are pledging to make Britain’s streets safer by recruiting 20,000 extra police officers.
The party is also pledging to inject £33.9 billion into the state-run National Health Service between now and 2023-24, which Johnson claims this is the biggest increase in the NHS’s history.
He has also promised to build 40 new hospitals and invest in existing ones.
Johnson plans to recruit 50,000 nurses to plug the vacancies gap, along with 6,000 doctors and 6,000 other health professionals.
English hospital car parking charges will be axed for some patients and staff.
The manifesto offers a short-term increase in social care funding, but Johnson said a long-term solution would require cross-party consensus. He said nobody should be forced to sell their home to pay for their care.
In education, the Conservatives want to increase school funding by £14 billion, with priority going to less well-off areas.
The party also wants to roll out a programme of road upgrades.
The party is promising tax cuts for low- and middle-income workers, initially saving 31 million people around £100 a year.
Johnson pledged that income tax, national insurance tax and sales tax would not rise under a new Conservative government.
The threshold for starting to pay national insurance will rise to £9,500, with the “ultimate ambition” to increase it to £12,500.
Johnson recommitted the Conservatives to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
The Conservatives have pledged £9.2 billion to improve the energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals.
Immigration was one of the key issues in the June 2016 EU membership referendum, with the impact of millions of migrants from eastern Europe having fuelled the vote for Brexit.
Johnson wants to end free movement of people and control immigration with a points system based on Australia’s model.
A new Conservative government would slap on an extra three-percent tax for property buyers who are not tax residents in Britain.
The party estimates that this additional tax would raise up to £120 million a year, which would be used to fund programmes to help the homeless.