Theresa May pledges “a nation that can stand tall” in Conservative manifesto

Stronger, fairer and more prosperous were the watchwords of Theresa May as she launched the Conservative manifesto, promising a “great meritocracy in Britain.”

Theresa May told supporters and the Conservative cabinet at the launch in Halifax that her policies would produce “a country that our children and grandchildren would be proud to call home.”

All of the Prime Minster’s great rhetorical hits were there. A strong and stable government, check, a country that works for the many, not the privileged few, likewise. The ‘Just About Managings’ featured as well.

Brexit was present throughout. She refused to rule out whether the manifesto saying that no deal, is better than a bad deal provides her with a mandate to walk away from the Brexit negotiating table without a deal.

She said: “We can produce a great global trading nation that stands tall once again.”

May pledged to raise the higher rate of tax to £50,000, reduce corporation tax to 17% and to raise personal allowance to £12,500. Continuity Cameron so far.

However, the manifesto is a break with David Cameron’s style of Conservatism. She has dropped the pensions triple lock in favour of a double lock, and will take away free school meals for children. Instead, a breakfast will be offered to children in the first three years of schooling.

Non-EU residents in the UK will also have to pay more to use the NHS, and students will remain part of immigration figures, despite pressure to withdraw them.

May said in the Conservative manifesto that the party “rejects the cult of selfish individualism”, and the party will cap prices in the UK energy market.

There will also be a free vote on Fox Hunting, and the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, introduced in 2010 will be repealed.

More from the Conservative manifesto

  • Defence spending to rise 0.5% above inflation
  • Fixed term parliaments to go
  • Channel 4 to remain public and be taken out of London. Government departments and civil servants moved out of London
  • Replacement for EU regional funding in “UK Shared Prosperity Fund”
  • VAT to stay at 20%, but National Insurance and Income Tax could rise
  • 100,000 immigration target to remain
  • Triple lock pensions guarantee gone