Eight Lib Dem policies to improve life for young people


The party have already trailed key pledges to woo the next generation of voters, including restoring housing benefit for young people, reducing the voting age from 18 to 16, and allowing tenants to use rent payments to buy their own homes. Any party seeking to lead the country after this election should be prepared to take bold action to safeguard them.

The Lib Dem manifesto, which will be launched on Wednesday evening in east London, pledges to "protect Britain's place in Europe" and the party says it "continues to believe that there is no deal as good for the United Kingdom outside the European Union as the one it already has as a member".

And if the deal that Theresa May comes back with is not good enough for you and your family, you should have the right to reject it and to vote to remain.

Mrs Bunting said: "These plans would build a brighter future for people in Newbury and West Berkshire and reverse Conservative cuts to our schools, hospitals and police".

And the manifesto pledges to give 16-year-olds the vote in all UK-wide elections and referendums.

The launch of the manifesto comes just three weeks before the general election on 8 June.

Labour's recovery in recent days may not be a tribute to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership so much as a sign that voters feel sure enough of his defeat to vote Labour and deny May a landslide next month.

The 95-page document sets out a vision of an "open, tolerant and united" Britain far removed from the "cold, mean-spirited" country favoured by the Prime Minister and ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage, according to Mr Farron.

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Mrs May's Ukip-inspired "hard Brexit" approach of taking Britain out of the single market and customs union is "a time bomb under our economy" which will wreck Britain's future for decades to come, warned the Liberal Democrat leader.

Conservatives would take the United Kingdom out of the single market and customs union as part of a Brexit deal.

The tactic has won the backing of Nicole Verat-Pant, a French citizen who can not vote in the upcoming election but whose husband will vote for the Lib Dems.

Surveys put support for the Liberal Democrats on about 10 percent, some way behind May's Conservative Party which polls indicate is attracting support from more than 45 percent of Britons with Labour on about 30 percent.

It includes plans to introduce a 1p rise on income tax to be ring-fenced to be spent on the NHS, social care services and public health which would raise around £6bn a year.

The manifesto says that in the long term, Lib Dems want a dedicated "health and care tax" to fund the NHS, possibly created through reforming National Insurance.

The Lib Dems would spend an extra £7 billion on education, increasing school budgets and the pupil premium for disadvantaged children.

The 2015 general election left the Liberal Democrats on a precipice.