A Guide To The Different Party Policies For The UK General Election

You have just over 24 hours to register to vote in the December 12 General Election.

First of all: have you registered to vote for the December 12 General Election? The deadline for registering is tomorrow and if you don’t, your voice will not be heard.

Voting is one of the most important tools we have in this country for allowing our opinions to shape the laws of the country and this looks to be one of the most decisive and important General Elections of our lifetimes. Here is a list of all the current political parties in the running, and what their policies are if they get voted into parliament:

Very important to remember that you’re voting for the party – NOT the person leading the party. Read the policies and see which political party you align with the most.

Leader – Boris Johnson

  • Bring back the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to Parliament before Christmas to achieve Brexit by the end of January
  • £20.5bn additional funding for the NHS in England by 2023-24, 50 million more GP appointments and 50,000 more nurses
  • 20,000 more police officers over the next three years in England and Wales
  • No rises in income tax, National Insurance contributions or VAT
  • Introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system, which treats everyone equally regardless of where they come from

Leader – Jeremy Corbyn

  • £400bn national transformation fund, including £250bn for energy, transport and the environment, and £150bn for schools, hospitals and housing
  • £75bn for 100,000 new council homes a year by 2024 and 50,000 affordable homes a year through Housing Associations
  • Free full fibre broadband for every home and business in the UK by 2030
  • £10-an-hour minimum wage for all workers
  • Hold another referendum on Brexit

Liberal Democrats
Leader – Jo Swinson

  • Stop Brexit, which the party argues will release money to be spent on public services over the next five years
  • £20bn a year for five years to tackle climate change
  • 1p rise in income tax to invest in health and social care, allowing the NHS budget to be increased by £26bn a year by 2023-24
  • Recruit 20,000 more teachers and increase schools funding by £10.6bn a year by 2024/25
  • £130bn investment in infrastructure

Independent Group For Change
Leader – Anna Soubry

  • Hold another referendum on Brexit, campaigning for Remain
  • Achieve carbon net zero by 2045
  • Transition away from the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 and phase out non-essential plastics by 2025

Green Party
Leaders – Jonathan Bartley & Sian Berry

  • £100bn a year for a decade to tackle climate change – mainly paid for by borrowing
  • Net-zero carbon emissions in the UK by 2030
  • Pursue a “green new deal” including a “structural transformation” of the way the economy works
  • Create more than a million new jobs through green investment
  • Introduce a People’s Vote Bill to implement another referendum on Brexit – will campaign to Remain

Brexit Party
Leader – Nigel Farage

  • Leave all institutions of the EU and restore the primacy of UK law
  • Negotiate a free trade agreement with the EU, similar to the deals the bloc has with Canada and Japan, with a new deadline of 1 July 2020
  • Leave the EU and move to World Trade Organisation trading rules if a free trade agreement cannot be struck
  • £200bn spending programme on infrastructure, wi-fi and services for young people

Leader – Patricia Mountain

  • Leave the EU immediately with no deal
  • Cut immigration to low, sustainable levels
  • £5.4bn a year for 30,000 more doctors and 40,000 more nurses
  • Education in schools to focus on making the UK self-sufficient

For a more in-depth read of the parties and their policies, check out BBC’s website and also make sure you read the most recent manifesto for the party you decide to vote for.

In our electoral system, you don’t vote for a party, but for a candidate who will represent your local area (officially called a constituency) as the MP to represent that area in parliament.

It’s important to remember that this poll – on December 12 – is not a single issue election. Whilst the issue of Brexit is important, and each of the parties has a unique way of dealing with the situation, you are also voting for who you would like to govern the country over the next five years. From the NHS, to schooling, to wages and environmental policy, the next five years are a key turning point to Britain.

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