The Conservative Party manifesto

Yesterday (18 May) the Conservatives launched their manifesto. You can read it in full here.

A full analysis of all the parties’ manifestos will follow but below are some key highlights of the manifesto.

Brexit

  • No longer be members of the single market or customs union but we will seek a deep and special partnership including a comprehensive free trade and customs agreement
  • Seek to replicate all existing EU free trade agreements and support the ratification of trade agreements entered into during our EU membership
  • Commit the same cash total in funds for farm support until the end of the parliament and work with farmers, food producers and environmental experts across Britain and with the devolved administrations to devise a new agri-environment system, to be introduced in the following parliament.

Non Brexit

  • Corporation Tax is due to fall to seventeen per cent by 2020
  • Make longer term reforms to the Business Rates system to address concerns about the way it currently works, including making sure that revaluations are conducted more frequently to avoid large changes to bills and explore the introduction of self-assessments in the valuation process.
  • Provide stronger protections for our ancient woodland.
  • Produce a comprehensive 25 Year Environment Plan that will chart how to improve the environment as the UK leaves the European Union
  • Grant a free vote, on a government bill in government time, to give parliament the opportunity to decide the future of the Hunting Act.
  • Deliver a million homes by the end of 2020 and deliver half a million more by the end of 2022
  • Reform Compulsory Purchase Orders to make them easier and less expensive for councils to use and to make it easier to determine the true market value of sites.
  • Maintain the existing strong protections on designated land like the Green Belt, National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Work to provide gigaspeed connectivity to as many businesses and homes as possible
  • By 2022 extend mobile coverage further to 95 per cent geographic coverage of the UK
  • Plan to have the majority of the population covered by a 5G signal by 2027