Lib Dem president says party's manifesto will appeal to Christians

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

In the party's manifesto today, alongside a commitment to protect the state pension triple lock for the next parliament, the Liberal Democrats said they would launch a pension tax review to look at how a flat rate might work.

While majoring on plans to fight hard Brexit, the Lib Dem manifesto also set out a package of more than £13 billion of tax rises to fund public services, including a penny on every income tax band and a rise to 20% for corporation tax.

On the party's pledge to add a penny on income tax to fund health and social care, The Guardian's home affairs editor Alan Travis says: "The Treasury has always been hostile to the principle of hypothecated taxes - tying money raised in general taxation to one specific goal - and the Lib Dems may face a battle to keep the proceeds ringfenced".

Mrs Bunting said: "These plans would build a brighter future for people in Newbury and West Berkshire and reverse Conservative cuts to our schools, hospitals and police".

The Liberal Democrats have traditionally enjoyed strong support among public sector workers - these policies, coupled with their pledge to allow public sector pay to increase at above the current rate of 1% a year, clearly aim to restore their appeal to those voters.

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.

The party promises option to remain in the bloc if British voters reject final Brexit deal.

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Led by Tim Farron (pictured), the party has also promised £100bn of additional infrastructure investment and the legalisation of cannabis, which it claimed would raise £1bn in tax. - Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"A vote for the Liberal Democrats can change Britain's future".

Cable is trying to win back his London seat, after losing in the party's nosedive in the 2015 election after five years as a minor coalition partner alongside the centre-right Conservatives.

It also says the Lib Dems would scrap the planned expansion of grammar schools and give local authorities "clear responsibility for local school places planning".

The Lib Dems have put a second European Union referendum at the heart of their manifesto, saying it would "give the final say to the British people".

"The Liberal Democrats can not be trusted to stand up to the Tories - and as we know their manifesto pledges are not worth the paper they're written on".

There is also a pledge to ensure that all teachers are trained to identify mental health issues among pupils and that schools offer immediate access for pupil support and counselling.

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