Thursday, 16 April 2015

Liberal Democrat manifesto launch

Liberal Democrats release ‘manifesto with opportunity at its heart’
The Liberal Democrats have today released their 2015 General Election manifesto, describing it as a ‘manifesto with opportunity at its heart’.
Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat candidate for Wokingham says: “This manifesto is a blueprint for a stronger economy and a fairer society.
“This manifesto is a plan to finish the job of balancing the books, and to do so fairly by protecting our schools, hospitals and public services. I will also want to do more in government for cancer patients improving diagnosis of this awful disease.
“This manifesto is an insurance policy against a government lurching off to the extremes.
“At its heart is one word that is absolutely central to what Liberal Democrats believe: opportunity.
“No matter who you are, where you were born, what sexuality or religion you are or what colour your skin is, you should have the same opportunity to get on in life.
"With our electoral system the voters of Wokingham have two choices, the Conservative candidate John Redwood who for the last 5 years has spent much of his week working for other businesses rather than being a full time MP. Or, Clive Jones the Liberal Democrat candidate who will work FULL TIME for the residents of Wokingham"
The 33,000 word document is a detailed and credible plan to build both a stronger economy and a fairer society. The manifesto includes:
Opportunity for children: with investment in education from nursery to 19 and qualified teachers in every classroom
Opportunity for young people: with more apprenticeships, discounted bus travel, a massive increase in housebuilding and support to rent or own their own home through the innovative Help to Rent and Rent to Own schemes
Opportunity for parents: with more free childcare and more paternity leave for fathers
Opportunity for workers: with a further £400 tax cut for millions of working people
Opportunity for older people: with the pensions triple lock written into law and the extra £8bn a year the NHS needs by 2020 to cope with the pressures of an ageing population
Opportunity for the next generation: with the budget balanced and our environment protected so that our children and grandchildren are not left to pay for the mistakes of this one
As with the party’s 2010 manifesto, the Liberal Democrats’ top priorities are spelt out on the front page. They are:
  • Prosperity for all: Balance the budget fairly and invest to build a high-skill, low-carbon economy 
  • Opportunity for every child: Guarantee education funding from nursery to 19 and qualified teachers in every class
  • Fair taxes: Cut your taxes by an additional £400 by raising the Personal Allowance to £12,500
  • Quality healthcare for all: Invest £8bn to improve our NHS and guarantee equal care for mental health
  • Our environment protected: Protect nature and fight climate change with five green laws
Read the manifesto online:
Download a copy (PDF):
Easy Reader, Audio and Braille versions are also available: