General Election 2019: Party promises – so far

The main parties have been sharing their key policies ahead of the polls opening on December 12.

The Conservatives pledge to cut business rates and the Labour Party’s promise to offer free broadband to all homes and businesses, struck a chord with voters across the country.

The Liberal Democrats’ strong Remain stance will no doubt win over some while the Brexit Party’s no deal approach continues to resonate with Leave voters.

And the Green Party is capitalising on the increased awareness of the climate debate announcing they’d install a Carbon Chancellor if voted into power.

To give you an idea of where each party currently stands, here’s a guide outlining some of their key promises from the campaign trail so far.

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Immigration

Conservative

  • Reduce overall immigration numbers
  • Points-based immigration system
  • NHS visa for overseas doctors and nurses

Labour

  • No fixed immigration targets
  • Flexible working visas
  • Rights of settled EU citizens protected

Lib Dems

  • Remove immigration powers from Home Office
  • 28-day limit on immigration detention centres
  • Free movement of people within the EU if Brexit cancelled

Green Party

  • End indefinite detention of refugees and asylum seekers
  • Reintroduce legal aid for immigrants
  • Provide childcare and maintenance allowance for immigrants

Brexit Party

  • No policies announced to date

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Environment

Conservative

  • Increased tree planting, 30 million a year until 2025
  • Net-zero emissions by 2050
  • £500m Blue Planet fund to protect the world’s oceans

Labour

  • Net-zero carbon emission by 2030
  • Interest-free loans on electric vehicles
  • 320,000 apprenticeships within renewable industries

Lib Dems

  • £20bn a year to tackle climate change until 2025
  • Ban fracking
  • Increased tree planting – 60 million a year until 2025

Green Party

  • £100bn a year to tackle climate change until 2030
  • Carbon neutral by 2030
  • End tax breaks for fossil fuels industries

Brexit Party

  • Recycle all waste
  • Increase tree planting

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Economy & Infrastructure 

Conservative

  • No corporation tax cut to save £6bn
  • Spending £5bn increasing broadband reach
  • Adjust business rates and cut NI contributions for employers

Labour

  • Free full fibre broadband for all homes and businesses
  • Nationalise rail, mail, water and energy
  • Investment of £150bn in schools, hospitals and housing

Lib Dems

  • Scrap business rates replacing with commercial landowner levy
  • Investment of £150bn in infrastructure
  • Hyper-fast, fibre optic broadband roll out

Green Party

  • Cut NI contributions for small businesses
  • Invest and support new green technologies
  • Alternatives to gross domestic product

Brexit Party

  • Abolish inheritance tax
  • Cut business rates to zero outside of Greater London
  • Scrap HS2

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NHS

Conservative

  • £20.5bn extra for the NHS by 2023-24
  • Six new hospitals valued £2.7bn
  • 6000 more GP’s in England by 2024-25

Labour

  • £26bn extra for the NHS by 2023-24
  • Free prescriptions and dental check-ups
  • Free social care for 65+

Lib Dems

  • 1p rise in income tax for health and social care
  • Increased investment in mental health services
  • Childhood obesity prevention plan

Green Party

  • Increased access to NHS dentistry and mental health treatment
  • Increased investment in mental health services
  • All publicly funded – no privatisation

Brexit Party

  • No policies announced to date

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Brexit

Conservative

  • Agree a deal with the EU
  • Deliver Brexit by 2021
  • Negotiate free trade agreements with the EU and other trading partners

Labour

  • Renegotiate a deal with the EU and put to a People’s Vote
  • Take no-deal off of the table
  • No hard border in Ireland

Lib Dems

  • Remain in the EU
  • Revoke Article 50 if elected as a majority government
  • Or campaign for a second referendum

Green Party

  • Remain in the EU
  • Second referendum, campaigning to Remain

Brexit Party

  • Leave with no deal
  • Negotiate free trade agreement with the EU by July 2020
  • Or move to WTO trade rules

The other parties standing in at least two constituencies in London are as follows: Animal Welfare Party, Communities United Party, Christian Peoples Alliance, Official Monster Raving Loony Party, Renew, Social Democratic Party, UKIP, Workers Revolutionary Party.

Words: Dan Taylor | Subbing: Scott Mathew | Featured Image: Diliff on Wikipedia Commons