The Liberal Democrat manifesto has clearly stated that they, if elected, will revoke Article 50, stop Brexit and allow us to stay in the EU. This will navigate the democratic implications of a second referendum by stating that “Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit”, giving them the mandate to carry this out. Not only do they state that Brexit is bad for jobs, security, and prosperity but the campaign incentivises a vote by promising the investment of £50 billion remain Bonus in public services. Lib-Dems assert that the Conservatives only offer more painstaking, long-winded negotiations in their bid to ‘get Brexit done’ and Labour’s path remains fairly unclear and thus, a vote for the Liberal Democrats is the only choice when it comes to bettering and protecting British interests.
The Lib-Dems also state that they will “Tackle the climate emergency” by generating 80% of electricity from renewables by 2030, insulating all low-income homes by 2025 and banning fracking due to its environmental impact. They also pledge to provide an additional £12 billion over five years in support of these advancements and to ensure that councils are aided in fitting all new homes with solar panels and to further investment in cutting edge renewable technologies.
In terms of education, the liberal democrats plan to recruit 20,000 more teachers as part of an extra £10 billion a year for schools. This will cut class sizes which have risen under Conservative leadership since 2015. They will invest £1bn in higher education and ensure that all schools receive the attention and repairs they need as well as making mental health services mandatorily available to students. Liberal Democrats also say that the Conservatives have not done enough to provide childcare as the hours provided do not make up the amount of time a child is in school or account for school holidays and it is already underfunded. The Lib-Dem manifesto promises to offer free, high-quality child care for every child aged two to four and to older children if certain criteria are reached. The funding overall in children and child services is promised to increase including that for nurseries and Children’s centres.
The Lib-Dems have also been very clear about their intentions to better the UK’s health services by providing more funding through taxation. In terms of health, the Lib Dems have stated that, were they to form a government, the first priorities would be (as stated by their website):
- Raising £7 billion a year in additional revenue by putting 1p on Income Tax, with this money to be ringfenced for spending on the NHS and social care.
- Transforming mental health by treating it with the same urgency as physical health.
- Reforming the Health and Social Care Act as recommended by the NHS, to make the NHS work in a more efficient and joined-up way, and to end the automatic tendering of services.
They wish to avoid US interference in the NHS and UK drugs market and provide and protect funding for the social and medical care the UK needs as well as investing £10 billion to provide equipment, hospitals and community, ambulance and mental health services buildings that are fit for the 21st century and modern demands.
The Liberal Democrats hope to stop Brexit and address the short-cummings of previous governments in areas like health and education in order to plan for and benefit the future. As the campaign states: “The two old parties have failed Britain”, so if you wish for a “brighter future”, vote for the Liberal Democrats.