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  1. Today, we can finally share our full Plan for the Future with you!

    This manifesto is a bold plan to build a brighter future for our country.

    That starts with stopping Brexit.

    The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for people and our planet.

    Labour and the Conservatives can’t offer the country a brighter future because they both want Brexit. We know that will be bad for our economy, bad for our NHS and bad for our environment.

    Our politics has been dominated by the two, tired old parties for too long. This election provides an opportunity to change the future of our country.

    The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for people and our planet.

    Our ambitious plan includes:

    • Stopping Brexit.
    • Then, investing the £50 billion Remain Bonus in public services and tackling inequalities
    • Tackling the climate emergency
    • Building a fairer economy and transforming opportunities
    • Giving every child the best start in life
    • Transforming our mental health services
    • Adopting a public health approach to serious violence
    • Fixing the broken immigration system

    Read Our Full Manifesto

    Please help us spread our vision by sharing this manifesto far and wide.

    Together, we can create a future for our country where every person, every community and our planet can thrive.

  2. For too many people, things aren’t working as they should be. The Conservatives and Labour are stuck in the past, failing time and again to deliver a better future.

    Brexit chaos has distracted from the real issues facing our country. While the Tories and Labour are squabbling over the latest Brexit deal, the country is in crisis.

    The NHS can’t afford to help the huge numbers of people facing battles with their mental health. Noone’s taking the radical action needed to tackle climate change. Schools are so chronically underfunded that some can only open 4 days a week.

    It doesn’t have to be like this.

     

  3. 20th November is Trans Day of Remembrance. Every year, we take a moment to remember those in the trans community who have been lost too soon. Too many are killed or are made to feel like they have no choice but to end their lives for simply being who they are.

    We proudly champion the T, alongside the LGB, for a society where no-one is made to feel unsafe or worthless because of who they are or who they love.

    We in the Liberal Democrats stand with our trans friends. We proudly champion the T, alongside the LGB, for a society where no-one is made to feel unsafe or worthless because of who they are or who they love.

  4. “Inexplicable and shameful.”

    “Inexplicable and shameful.” - Hillary Clinton on the UK government’s refusal to publish a report into Russian interference in British politics.

    Yeesh. It’s almost like she has experience with childish leaders lying to get their own way.

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  5. Our schools should be world class, helping every child make the most of the challenges ahead. But instead, they are trailing behind.

    The Conservatives have cut school funding to the bone and children have paid the price, especially those with the most complex needs.

    Highly valued, well trained teachers are the most important resource we have in our education system. Liberal Democrats will recruit 20,000 more teachers and give them the pay and support they deserve.

    It is disgraceful that some schools feel they have no choice but to ask parents to chip in for supplies, and are closing early on Friday to balance the books.

    Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for every child. By stopping Brexit, we can spend £10 billion of our Remain Bonus on reversing school cuts and hiring 20,000 more teachers, so that pupils can leave school happy, healthy and with the skills they need to succeed in life.

    Headteachers are crying out for more staff, but too many are leaving the profession because they are overworked and underpaid. A Liberal Democrat government will attract and retain teachers by increasing their starting salaries to £30,000 and guaranteeing all teachers a pay rise of at least 3% a year over the next Parliament.
     
    The funding also includes an increase in support for children with special educational needs or disabilities, and money to provide high-quality professional development for teachers.
     
    In addition, we will also invest in the fabric of our schools, setting aside £7 billion over five years to build classrooms fit for the future.

    This £10 billion a year is an investment in our children’s future and this just one of the fantastic policies from our manifesto that will help build a brighter future for our entire country.

    Learn more about our Plan for the Future here

  6. "This law needs to change. ITV needs to change."

    "The Liberal Democrats' position in this election and that of our leader is unique: Jo Swinson is the only leader of a national party fighting to stop Brexit.

    "Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn should not be allowed to sidestep debating the issue of Brexit with someone who wants to remain, and ITV should not give them the opportunity to do so.

    "That is why this is an incredibly disappointing verdict. Not just for the Liberal Democrats but also for democracy in this country, and for every Remainer who deserves to have a voice in this debate.

    "It is worrying that the OFCOM guidance allows TV Executives to decide, not the voters, whether the biggest issues of the day are debated openly in the ITV Debate.

    "We will not set our principles aside, we will continue this fight."

    "This campaign is undeniably dominated by Brexit, the single biggest issue for our country, perhaps in the last 75 years.

    "Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are determined to drag this country down in the name of Brexit.

    "This law needs to change. ITV needs to change.

    "Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats brought this court case because our politics needs to change too."

    Televised debates between political party leaders should be framed in stronger legislation.

    "But more than that, our democracy should not be in the hands of invisible corporate structures, and arrangements for such debates should always be accessible and transparent.

    "We will not set our principles aside, we will continue this fight.

    "Not just for this General Election, but for our future democracy too."

  7. 1. To Stop Brexit

    Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote stop the Brexit mess the that Conservatives and Labour have left us in.

    A Liberal Democrat government will Stop Brexit on day one. Then we’ll use the £50 billion Remain Bonus to properly fund our public services and tackle inequality across the country.

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  8. We need to protect our NHS. Under the Conservative government, it's struggling to cope with severe staff shortages, chronic under-funding and crumbling hospital buildings.

    All of these problems would be made much worse by a Tory or Labour Brexit that would end free movement and make it harder to attract nurses and doctors from the EU.

    The Lib Dems will tackle the NHS staffing crisis and invest in mental health services, social care, public health and more.

    That's why we've set out our plan to safeguard the NHS; stop Brexit and invest an extra £35 billion in the health service and social care over the next five years.

    The Liberal Democrats would raise £7 billion a year in additional revenue, ring-fenced for the NHS and social care services, by adding a penny on income tax. 

    On top of this, we will use a £10 billion capital fund to upgrade equipment, ambulances, hospitals and other NHS buildings to bring them into the 21st century.

    A Liberal Democrat government will tackle the severe staffing shortages across the NHS and end the current shortfall of GPs within five years. This will be done by retaining free movement including for the 65,000 EU citizens working in the NHS, reinstating nursing bursaries and establishing a national workforce strategy to match training places to future needs.

    We are the only party with a credible plan to protect the NHS and build a brighter future by tackling the staffing crisis, investing in mental health services, social care, public health and future-proofing our NHS buildings.

    Learn more about our Plan for the Future here

  9. The UK should be leading the world in tackling the climate crisis, but the Tories are failing to address it.  

  10. Britain just isn’t working the way it should be. People feel disillusioned. The old parties have failed to provide find solutions for the problems we face.Britain desperately needs change.

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