Rupert Todd PRESS STATEMENT: ‘I’m a Tory, in case you didn’t know.’ – Conservative Manifesto
Having neglected to mention the name of his party during this morning’s assembly, Rupert called a break-time press conference in which he stated:
‘I’m a Tory.’
And here’s his manifesto.
Over the last seven years, we have put our country back on the right track. Seven years ago, Britain was on the brink. As the outgoing Labour Treasury Minister put it with brutal candour, ‘there is no money’. Since then, we have turned things around.
Britain is now one of the fastest growing major economies in the world. We are getting our national finances back under control. We have halved our deficit as a share of our economy. More people are in work than ever before. Britain is back on its feet, strong and growing stronger every day.
This has not happened by accident. It is the result of difficult decisions and of patiently working through our long-term economic plan. Above all, it is the product of a supreme national effort, in which everyone has made sacrifices and everyone has played their part.
It is a profound Conservative belief that our country is made great not through the action of government alone, but through the flair, the ingenuity and hard work of the British people – and so it has proved the last five years.
We can be proud of what we have achieved so far together, and especially proud that as we have taken hard decisions on public spending, we have protected the National Health Service, with 9,500 more doctors and 6,900 more nurses, and ensured generous rises in the State Pension.
Our friends and competitors overseas look at Britain, and they see a country that is putting its own house in order, a country on the rise. They see a country that believes in itself. But our national recovery remains a work in progress. It is fragile, and with the wrong decisions, it could easily be reversed.
So the central questions at this election are these: how do we maintain our economic recovery, upon which our ambitions for our country depend? And how do we make sure that the recovery benefits every one of our citizens, at every stage of their lives?
This Manifesto sets out our plan to do just that. It is a plan for a better future – for you, for your family. It is a plan for every stage of your life. For your new-born baby, there will be the world’s best medical care. For your child, there will be a place at an excellent school. As you look for your first job, we are building a healthy economy that provides a good career for you with a decent income. As you look for that first home, we will make sure the Government is there to help. As you raise your family, we will help you with childcare. And as you grow older, we will ensure that you have dignity in retirement.
Throughout, we will make sure that if you or your family fall ill, you will always be able to depend on our cherished National Health Service to give you the care you need.
And in an increasingly dangerous and uncertain world, we will fulfil the most basic duty of government – to defend our country and keep it safe.
But all of these things depend on a strong and growing economy. So as you consider how to vote, I hope you will ask this: which party is best placed to keep our economy strong? The team which has delivered the growing economy we have today, which created more jobs since 2010 than the rest of the European Union put together; or the party which left behind a ruined economy just seven short years ago?
Now is a time to build on the progress we have made, not to put it all at risk. This Manifesto is our plan of action – our plan to take our amazing country forward. Above all, it is a plan for you.
The Key Points that conservative in are manifesto are :
An economic Plan for you and your family
Keep our economy surplus to pay down our debt
Increase the tax free personal allowance to £12,500 and the 40p income tax threshold to £55,000
Commit to no increase in VAT
Crack down on non domestic and other tax evaders
Pursue an ambition to become the most prosperous major economy by 2030s
Better lifestyle for all
Invest in infrastructure to attract business and good jobs across the UK
Make your life easier by more and faster trains, more roads and more cycle routes
Keep community rail fares frozen
Roll out universal broadband and better mobile phone connection
Jobs for all
Help business create two million new jobs, so we can achieve near full employment
Give businesses the most competitive taxes of any major economy
Back small firms with a major business rate review
Support three million new apprentice to acquire new skills
Cutting your taxes and building a fairer welfare system
Cut income tax for 30million people and taking anyone who earns less than £13000 out of income tax altogether
Pass a new law so that nobody working 30 hours on the minimum wage pays income tax on what they earn
Raising the income tax threshold £55,000
Cap overall welfare spending, lower the amount of benefits a household can receive to £23,000 and continue to roll out universal credit, to make work pay
Bring in tax free child care to support parents back into work and give working parents of children 3-4 free 30 hours of childcare a week
Keep our ambition to move immigration to the tens of thousands
Skilled migrants will reserve a priority depending on the nations need for skill set
A new consortium will be set up in-between common wealth countries which will include trade agreements and possible fast track migration
Develop a fund to ease pressure on local areas and public services
Giving your child the best start in life
Ensure a good primary school for your child
Turn every failing and costing secondary school into an academy
Help teachers to make Britain a leader in the world for stem subjects
Create 3 million new apprenticeship
Allow the government to fund further education for high achieving children
Protecting our NHS
Continue to increase are spending on the NHS, supported by a growing economy
We will spend an additional £8 billion pounds by 2020 on the NHS
Integrated health and social care
Lead the world in cancer treatment and also dementia cures
Enable you to enjoy our heritage
Keep our major national museums open
Support school sports to fight childhood obesity
Freeze the bbc license
Protect our nations free media
Helping you buy a home
Keep mortgage low with the economic plan
Build new homes that people can afford
Ensure local people have more say over planning
A Britain standing tall
Push British agenda in the larger world with our soft power
Help generate foreign trade
Maintain and increase our world class armed forces
Re assess our position on Brexit and if we leave we will have a hard brexit
Try to establish a friendly relationship with Europe
Fox Hunting to be a licensed and eventually disbanded