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UK elections: May launches Conservative manifesto


UK Prime Minister Theresa May has promised a “mainstream government that would deliver for mainstream Britain”, during the launch of the Conservative Party manifesto.

Launching the manifesto, May said a strong economy and delivering Brexit were top priorities.

The manifesto does not include the 2015 pledge not to raise income tax or National Insurance and has significant changes to social care funding in England.

People worth more than £100,000 (~€117,097) would have to pay for their care – but could defer payment until after their death.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the conservatives has proposed a “tax on dementia”.

Speaking at the manifesto launch in Halifax, May said: “We must take this opportunity to build a great meritocracy in Britain. It means making Britain a country that works, not for the privileged few, but for everyone.”

She said there were five priorities: a strong economy, accepting the consequences of Brexit and a changing world, tackling “enduring” social divisions, responding to the challenges of an ageing society and harnessing the power of fast-changing technology.

May was asked whether her plans spelled a move away from Conservative policies of recent years, and in particular those of Margaret Thatcher.

She said: “Margaret Thatcher was a Conservative, I am a Conservative, this is a Conservative manifesto.”

Labour said the Conservatives had broken 50 promises over the past two years on living standards, NHS spending, school funding and the deficit, and could not be trusted.

Ed Davey, for the Liberal Democrat Party, added: “It is clear the more you need, the more you pay with May. Theresa May is betraying working families by snatching school lunches from their children, and their homes when they die.”

Pan European Networks Ltd