With a majority of 80 in the House of Commons, Boris Johnson has achieved his aims of ending the ‘Brexit deadlock’ in Parliament. Now the prime minister will have the strong backing of his party in the Commons, Mr Johnson is wasting no time getting on with his manifesto pledges. Signalling the beginning of a new Government, the Queen’s Speech could soon be held as early as Thursday, December 19. Here are some of the key aspects of the Conservative Party manifesto which Boris Johnson has pledged to implement.
- Boris Johnson has pledged to get his revised Brexit deal through the House of Commons.
- Johnson’s agreement removes the much hated ‘backstop’ option of his predecessor Theresa May’s deal.
- He has pledged to introduce an Australian-style points-based system for immigration post-Brexit.
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- The Conservatives have pledged a cash increase of £33billion a year by 2023/24 compared to current budgets.
- Extra funding for the NHS, with 50,000 more nurses and 50 million more GP appointments every year.
- A pledge for 6,000 more doctors and 6,000 more primary care professionals.
- The introduction of the NHS Visa, which the Conservatives say will ‘fast-track’ qualified doctors, nurses and allied health professionals with a job offer from the NHS from overseas.
- The Conservatives have pledged not to raise the rate of income tax, VAT or national insurance.
- Mr Johnson shelved a planned corporation tax cut during the election campaign, and has since pledged to keep the rate at 19 percent.
- Plans to raise the threshold of National Insurance contributions to £9,500 in April 2020, ultimately hoping to raise it to £12,500.
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- A pledge for 20,000 more police officers on the streets.
- Tougher sentencing for the worst offenders.
- Ending the automatic halfway release from prison for serious crimes.
- Adding 10,000 more prison places, with £2.75 billion already earmarked for prison refurbishment and creation.
- Supporting victims of domestic abuse and pass the Domestic Abuse Bill.
- Millions invested in science, schools, apprenticeships and infrastructure.
- Raising teachers’ starting salaries to £30,000.
- Pledges to tackle bullying and discipline in schools.
- Investment in arts, music and sport.
ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY
- The Conservatives have pledged to reach Net Zero by 2050.
- Promised to increase investment in clean energy solutions and reduce carbon emissions and pollution.
- Ban on exporting plastic waste to third world countries, to prevent litter in the world’s oceans.
- Invest £6.3billion to improve energy efficiency in millions of homes.
PENSIONS AND WELFARE
- Maintaining the pensions triple lock so it continues to rise with either wages, inflation or 2.5 percent – whichever is highest.
- Continuing to pay Winter Fuel Payments for pensioners.
- Also pledging to keep the older person’s bus pass.
- A new £1billion fund to help create more high quality and affordable childcare.
- Abolishing the ‘tampon tax’ following Britain’s exit from the EU.
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