Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Liberal Democrats commit to fast-track social work training in manifesto


It would allow first-time buyers to purchase homes for the same cost as renting, where each monthly payment steadily buys you a share in the home.

The anti-Brexit pledges at the heart of the manifesto are meant to position the Lib Dems as the party of hard remain.

"You should have your say on the Brexit deal in a referendum", Farron said.

The former Ukip leader's world-view is "the same one that leads to Donald Trump banning Muslims and building a wall, the same one that Marine Le Pen tried to impose on the decent people of France", said Mr Farron.

A Liberal Democrat government would maintain investment in fast-track social work training and ring-fence more funding for mental health services, according to the party's election manifesto.

Sitting a distant third place in opinion polls ahead of the June 8 vote, the Lib Dems are styling themselves as the party of the 48 percent who voted past year to remain in the European Union.

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In many ways its the revival manifesto with tax cuts, spending increases, legalisation of cannabis and few other voter-friendly polices.

"In the biggest fight for the future of our country in a generation, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour has let you down by voting with Theresa May on Brexit, not against her".

Among the wider policies outlined in the manifesto is the promise of a second referendum on European Union membership, legalisation of cannabis and reinstatement of housing benefit for 18-21 year olds.

"We remain opposed to any expansion of Heathrow, Stansted or Gatwick and any new airport in the Thames estuary and will focus instead on improving existing regional airports such as Birmingham and Manchester", said the party in its manifesto.

Young people still living with their parents could get a loan of up to £2,000 to help them move out under plans unveiled in the Liberal Democrat manifesto today.

Early years pupil premium spending would also triple in Twickenham, Kingston and Sutton, where the Lib Dems are hoping to win back the seats they lost to the Tories at the last election.

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"Not Theresa May's cold, mean-spirited Britain".

Conservatives would take the United Kingdom out of the single market and customs union as part of a Brexit deal. We would give 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in elections and referendums, and introduce proportional representation for Westminster and local elections'.

The Conservative Party has surged in the polls in recent months, now leading with 49% of the vote according to a YouGov poll published on May 12.

Conservatives promise not to raise VAT over the course of the parliament and say it is their "firm intention" to reduce taxes on businesses and working families.

Mr Williams admitted the party had suffered from decisions taken during the coalition with the Conservatives at Westminster from 2010 to 2015, including the breaking of a pledge not to increase university tuition fees in England.

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