Who Should You Vote For?

This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Don’t waste it.

Firstly, DON’T believe the media. Make your own mind up. Read the two parties policies then vote for what you’d prefer to see for your country.

Labour Party

This is the new Labour manifesto and I have to say I agree with about 80-90%, although there are other good policies on climate change, animal welfare etc.

  • Scrap student tuition fees
  • Re-introduce the 50p rate of tax on the highest earners (above £123,000)
  • Income tax rate 45p on £80,000 and above
  • More free childcare, expanding free provisions for two, three and four year olds
  • End to zero hours contracts
  • Hire 10,000 new police officers, 3,000 new firefighters
  • Moves to charge companies a levy on salaries above £330,000
  • Deliver rail electrification “including in Wales and the South West”
  • Bring the railways back into public ownership as franchises expire
  • Regain control of energy supply networks through the alteration of operator license conditions, and transition to a publicly owned, decentralised energy system
  • Replace water system with a network of regional publicly-owned water companies
  • Reverse the privatisation of Royal Mail “at the earliest opportunity”
  • Create at least one publicly-owned energy company in every region of the UK, with public control of the transmission and distribution grids
  • Extra tax take in total £48.6bn
  • £6.4bn from income tax from the top 5%
  • Extra £19.4bn from corporation tax
  • £6.5bn from tax avoidance programme
  • Boost wages of 5.7m people earning less than minimum wage to £10 an hour by 2020
  • Create a National Transformation Fund that will invest £250bn over 10 years in upgrading the economy
  • Deliver universal superfast broadband availability by 2022
  • A National Investment Bank as part of a plan to provide £250bn of lending power over the next decade for infrastructure
  • Reinstate the lower small-business corporation tax rate
  • Scrap quarterly reporting for businesses with a turnover of under £85,000
  • Introduce four extra public holidays each year to mark national patron saints’ days
  • Maximum pay ratios of 20:1 to be rolled out in public sector
  • Ban unpaid internships
  • “Clamp down on bogus self-employment” and extend rights of employees to all workers – including shared parental pay
  • Guarantee trade unions a right to access workplaces
  • End the public sector pay cap
  • Repeal the Trade Union Act and roll out sectoral collective bargaining, whereby industries can negotiate agreement as a whole
  • Enforce all workers’ rights to trade union representation at work
  • Abolish employment tribunal fees – so that people have access to justice
  • Use public spending power to drive up standards, including only awarding public contracts to companies which recognise trade unions
  • Give all workers equal rights from day one, whether part-time or full-time, temporary or permanent
  • Shifting the burden of proof, so the law assumes a worker is an employee unless the employer can prove otherwise
  • Reintroduce maintenance grants for university students and abolish university tuition fees
  • A National Education Service for England to incorporate all forms of education
  • Overhaul existing childcare system and extend 30 hours of free childcare to all two year olds
  • Promise to reduce class sizes to “less than 30” for five, six, and seven-year-olds
  • Devolve responsibility for skills to city regions or devolved administrations
  • Free school meals for all primary school children, paid for by removing the VAT exemption on private school fees
  • Deliver safe staffing levels and reduce waiting lists
  • End hospital car parking charges
  • One million people will be taken off NHS waiting lists by “guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks”
  • Scrap NHS pay cap
  • NHS will receive more than £30bn in extra funding over the next parliament
  • Mental health budgets will be ring-fenced, and Labour will ensure all children in secondary schools have access to a counselling service
  • Cuts to bereavement support payment will be scrapped, as will the bedroom tax and the “punitive sanctions regime”
  • Reinstate housing benefit for under-21s
  • Guarantee state pension triple lock, as well as the winter fuel allowance and free bus passes
  • “Rejects” proposal to increase state pension age further
  • A commitment to “protect the pensions of UK citizens living overseas in the EU or further afield”
  • Ensure that 60% of the UK’s energy comes from zero-carbon or renewable sources by 2030
  • A ban on fracking
  • Nuclear power “will continue to be part of the UK energy supply”
  • Introduce an immediate emergency energy price cap to ensure the average dual fuel household energy bill remains below £1,000 per year
  • Maintaining access to the EU’s internal energy market and retaining access to nuclear research programme Euratom will be a priority in Brexit negotiations
  • Build over one million more homes, with at least half for social rent
  • Homeowners willbe offered interest free loans to improve their properties
  • Guarantee help to buy funding until 2027 and give locals buying their first home “first dibs on new homes built in their area”
  • Legislate to ban letting agency fees for tenants, and look at giving the Mayor of London power to give London renters “additional security”
  • Make 4,000 additional homes available for rough sleepers to end homelessness
  • Extend high speed rail link HS2 to Scotland
  • Build a new Brighton main line for the SouthEast
  • Build Crossrail 2 – to run north-south through London between Hertfordshire and Surrey – “to ensure our capital continues to prosper”
  • Recognise the need for additional airport capacity in the South East (but there’s no mention of Heathrow)
  • 30 hours free childcare to be extended to two-year-olds and “some” to one-year-olds
  • An end to the so-called “rape clause” – part of the policy of restricting child tax credits to the first two children in a family. It means mothers who have a third child as a result of rape can be exempted, but would have to provide evidence in order to do so
  • A review into reforming council tax and business rates, in favour of options such as a land value tax
  • A national review of local pubs to examine the causes for their large-scale demise, as well as establishing a joint taskforce that will consider future sustainability
  • Labour opposes a second Scottish independence referendum
  • Establish a Scottish Investment Bank, with £20bn for local projects and Scotland’s small businesses, creating work and stimulating the economy
  • Build on the Development Bank of Wales using more than £10bn from Labour’s new National Investment Bank
  • Continue to fully support the principles and structures inherent within the Good Friday Agreement
  • Support the renewal of the Trident submarine system
  • Work with international partners and the UN on multilateral disarmament “to create a nuclear-free world”
  • Commit to the Nato benchmark of spending at least 2% of GDP on defence
  • Will have a complete strategic defence and security review
  • Insulate the homes of disabled veterans for free
  • Labour will not “scapegoat migrants” and will not set a cap on immigration, describing targets as “bogus”
  • International students will not be included in immigration numbers, but the party will crack down on “fake colleges”.
  • Accept the EU referendum result and “build a close new relationship with the EU” prioritising jobs and and workers’ rights
  • Guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the UK and work to “secure reciprocal rights” for UK citizens elsewhere in the EU
  • A “meaningful” role for Parliament throughout Brexit negotiations
  • Scrap Conservatives’ Brexit White Paper and replace with “fresh negotiating priorities” with strong emphasis on retaining the benefits of the single market and customs union
  • Reject no deal as a viable option and if needs be negotiate transitional arrangements “to avoid a cliff-edge for the UK economy”
  • Keep EU-derived laws on workers’ rights, equality, consumer rights and environmental protections
  • Maintain UK’s leading research role by seeking to stay part of Horizon 2020 and its successor programmes
  • Seek to maintain membership of European organisations which offer benefits to the UK such as Euratom and the European Medicines Agency
  • Will not allow Brexit to be used as an excuse to undercut UK farmers and flood Britain’s food chain with cheap and inferior produce

Tory Party

Current policies:

  • Austerity and all the misery that goes with it, i.e. suicides, food banks, disabled benefit cuts
  • The Bedroom Tax
  • Denying disability benefit to 165,000 people
  • Scrapping housing benefit for 18-21 year olds
  • Massive hikes to tuition fees
  • Junior doctors’ contracts
  • School cuts
  • £30-a-week cuts to the sick
  • Legal aid cuts
  • Making rape victims prove their ordeal
  • Calling £450,000 homes ‘affordable’
  • Scrapping the Human Rights Act
  • Scrapping nurses’ bursaries
  • Snooping on all your texts, e-mails and browsing records
  • The great crackdown on unions
  • Slashing green subsidies
  • Scrapping child poverty targets
  • Cutting inheritance tax for the rich
  • Social care cuts
  • The public sector pay freeze
  • NHS ‘efficiency savings’ / privatisation
  • Mental health bed numbers reduced

And the new policies:

  • Trying to hike council tenants’ rents
  • Scrap free school lunches for infants
  • Ditching the triple lock on increasing the state pension
  • Means test winter fuel payments, taking away £300 from wealthier pensioners
  • Raising cost of care threshold from £23,000 to £100,000 – but include value of home in calculation of assets for home care as well as residential care
  • Scrap free school lunches for infants in England, but offer free breakfasts across the primary years
  • Pump an extra £4bn into schools by 2022
  • Net migration cut to below 100,000
  • Increase the amount levied on firms employing non-EU migrant workers
  • Increase the personal allowance to £12,500 and the higher rate to £50,000 by 2020
  • Maintain pledge to cut corporation tax to 17% by 2020
  • Increase the National Living Wage to 60% of median earnings by 2020
  • Introduce a right for employees to request information relating to the future direction of the company
  • No school will have its budget cut as a result of the new funding formula
  • At least 100 new free schools a year
  • End ban on grammar schools – conditions would include allowing pupils to join at “other ages as well as eleven”
  • A specialist maths school to be opened in every major city in England due to new funding arrangements
  • Every 11-year-old expected to know their times tables off by heart
  • If universities want to charge maximum tuition fees, they will be required to “become involved” in academy sponsorship or the founding of free schools
  • Introduce T-Levels
  • Change the rules to allow the establishment of new Roman Catholic schools
  • Real terms increases in NHS spending reaching £8bn extra per year by 2022/23
  • A new GP contract and changes to the contract for hospital consultants
  • Retain the 95% four hour A&E target
  • Require foreign workers and overseas students to pay more to cover the cost of NHS care
  • Tighten the rules against pension abuse and increase punishment for those caught mismanaging pension schemes
  • Give the pensions regulator powers to issue punitive fines for those found to have wilfully left a pension scheme under-resourced and if necessary, powers similar to those held by the Insolvency Service to disqualify relevant company directors
  • Consider new criminal offence for company directors who put at risk the ability of a pension scheme to meet its obligations
  • Students expected to leave the country at the end of their course unless they meet new “higher” requirements allowing them to stay
  • Overseas students to remain in the immigration statistics
  • Exit the European single market and customs union but seek a “deep and special partnership” including comprehensive free trade and customs agreement
  • Vote in both Houses of Parliament on “final agreement” for Brexit
  • Assess whether to continue with specific European programmes and it “will be reasonable that we make a contribution” to the ones which continue
  • Agree terms of future partnership with EU alongside withdrawal, both within the two years allowed under Article 50
  • Convert EU law into UK law and later allow parliament to pass legislation to “amend, repeal or improve” any piece of this
  • Remain signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights for the next parliament
  • Repeal or replace the Human Rights Act “while the process of Brexit is under way” ruled out, although consideration will be given to the UK’s “human rights legal framework” when Brexit concludes
  • Reduce and control immigration from Europe after Brexit
  • Seek to replicate all existing EU free trade agreements
  • Support the ratification of trade agreements entered into during our EU membership
  • Introduce a Trade Bill in the next parliament
  • Create a network of Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioners to head nine new regional overseas posts
  • Reconvene the Board of Trade to increase exports from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as England
  • Second part of the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press will not take place
  • Repeal section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2014, which would – if enacted – force newspapers to pay their opponents’ legal costs linked to libel and privacy actions, even if they win in court, if they are not signed up to an officially-recognised regulator
  • £1bn to modernise the prison estate
  • Legislation to make changes in police practices if “stop and search does not become more targeted and stop to arrest ratios do not improve”
  • Develop the shale industry in Britain
  • Non-fracking drilling treated as permitted development
  • Halve rough sleeping over the course of the next parliament and eliminate it by 2027
  • Meet 2015 commitment to deliver a million homes by the end of 2020 and half a million more by the end of 2022
  • 160,000 houses built on government land
  • Maintain the existing strong protections on designated land like the Green Belt, National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Continue £2.5bn flood defence programme to protect 300,000 existing homes by 2021
  • Minimum service levels agreed with train companies and staff during times of industrial action. A pledge to make this mandatory if a deal cannot be reached voluntarily
  • Continue investment in High Speed 2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the expansion of Heathrow Airport, while ensuring these projects develop the skills and careers of British workers
  • Spend at least 2% of GDP on defence and increase the budget by at least 0.5% above inflation in every year of the new parliament
  • Retain the Trident continuous-at-sea nuclear deterrent
  • Better compensation for injured personnel and the families of those killed in combat
  • Bring back fox hunting

A lot to take in but remember The Tories main policy is austerity and that isn’t changing. They have also failed to deliver on most of the last manifesto’s promises. You could vote Plaid Cymru in Wales or SNP in Scotland of course, which just plays into the Tories’ hands but as for Tim (nice but dim?) telling Labour to join the Lib Dems, lol, that’s like Barnstoneworth United telling Man Utd to join them!

So over to you the great British public.

P.S. – Please forward this article to all your friends so they can make an informed choice rather than be influenced by the negative media we have in this country. Maybe use Facebook, Twitter etc. – put them to good use for once and change your world for the better!




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