Wednesday, 15 April 2015


It may not be bedtime reading but our manifesto has been published today.  We delivered on much of our 2010 manifesto despite having only 57 MPs and being in coalition.  Highlights of what we have achieved include:
  • Cutting your taxes by raising the tax-free allowance to £10,600, saving you £825 a year and taking most low paid workers out of tax altogether
  • Implementing the pupil premium to support the poorest children through school
  • Cutting the massive budget deficit in half
  • Creating over 2m new apprenticeships
  • Investing in the NHS, employing 9,500 new GPs and 7,000 new nurses
  • Introducing equal marriage for homosexual couples
  • Guaranteeing the international development budget at 0.7% of GNI, a target set by the UN
It's quite a list of achievements and our new manifesto is a promise of action for the next five years.  On the front page this time we pledge:
  • Guaranteed funding for education from nursery to 19, with a qualified teacher in every classroom
  • To balance the budget fairly by 2017-18, enabling us to continue investing in and building a high-skill, low carbon economy
  • Cut your taxes further by raising the tax-free allowance by an additional £400, enabling more people to help themselves
  • Protect nature and fight climate change with five green laws
  • Invest £8bn to improve our NHS and guarantee equal care for mental health
If you want to find out more about what I will do for Wyre Forest if I am elected on May 7th, it is here.  You can find full details of the manifesto here, including summaries of the main commitments and the full document in a range of formats.

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