United Kingdom general election: Theresa May launches manifesto
United Kingdom general election: Theresa May launches manifesto
20 May, 2017, 00:51
So on the 8 June, we will be voting in our millions for other parties, including the SNP here in Scotland, that still have the guts to stand up for social democracy and cultural pluralism at home, for a welcoming attitude to those in need whatever their origin, for the ideal of the European Union, and for a strong, friendly internationalism in our external relations, on this island, and beyond.
The target was missed by over 100,000 a year ago with net migration to Britain reaching 273,000.
"It is clear the Conservatives are offering more of the same, tax giveaways for their billionaire friends and nothing for ordinary people".
But many economists say the "tens of thousands" target is arbitrary and economically damaging.
CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn said immigration policy is the "Achilles heel" of the Tory manifesto.
The pledge is part of a program unveiled by her Conservative Party on Thursday.
The size of Britain's "Brexit bill" is expected to be one of the first flashpoints in the exit talks. The manifesto also says the U.K.is willing to pay to remain a part of specific European Union programs.
"To make a success of Brexit, the next government must commit to working alongside business more closely than ever before". The value of the pound has tumbled since Britons voted to leave the bloc, pushing costs up and driving inflation past wage growth.
May launched it with a speech in the northern England town of Halifax, a Labour seat the Tories hope to win on June 8.
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The platform signals that May is more willing than her predecessor, David Cameron, to let the state intervene in markets.
Pitching to voters outside her centre-right party's traditional base, May promised new rights for workers, to curb executive pay and cap energy prices.
The manifesto eases off on previous promises to eliminate the deficit, moving the target date to 2025.
Labour went on the attack over the plans to end the pensions triple lock, which guarantees annual rises of at least 2.5%, in an effort to attract the so-called "grey vote".
While government does not have all the answers, it "can and should be a force for good", she said.
The social care changes proposed are that the value of someone's property would be included in the means test for receiving free care in their own home - now only their income and savings are taken into account. However, May's political philosophy appears strikingly different.
The fallout from the manifesto launch came as five other leaders - without Mrs May and Labour's Jeremy Corbyn - locked horns in a televised debate which saw the Prime Minister criticised for her failure to attend.
There are also proposals to seek recommendations about better aligning the visa system with industrial strategy, with the intention of enabling the government to "set aside significant numbers of visas for workers in strategically-important sectors" without adding to "net migration as a whole".
She (Munich: SOQ.MU - news) ultimately approved the deal but said her government would take a more cautious approach over similar foreign investments in the future. "We reject the cult of selfish individualism".
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