Public Policy

November 25, 2019

UK General Election 2019: The Conservative Party’s Manifesto

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With a clear commitment to ‘Get Brexit Done’, Boris Johnson unveiled the Conservative Party manifesto saying they will release “the lion from its cage” and take this country forward. Having learned from the experience of his predecessor in 2017, it’s a lean and steady manifesto that takes no great risks and focuses on work the Government is already doing or announced in its Queen’s Speech. Woven consistently throughout is a clear call to action: give the Conservative Party a majority to get things done.

Looking to vest more power and influence in local communities, this manifesto presents the argument that we the need to get away from the mantra that ‘Whitehall knows best.’ In a thinly veiled attempt to burnish Johnson’s moderate credentials, the manifesto looks to make clear his would be a One Nation Conservative Government, investing in public services and infrastructure and supporting workers and families.

Seeking to highlight what the Conservative Party argues is the risk of a Labour Government supported by the SNP after the election, the Government refers to the four Home Nations as the ‘awesome foursome’, reaffirms its commitment to the Union, and argues that under a Labour Government there would be two referenda in 2020: a second one on Brexit and a second one on Scottish independence.

Building on what Boris Johnson sees as the opportunities after Brexit, the Conservative Party is committed to ending freedom of movement, an Australian-style points-based immigration system, a close trading relationship with the EU but the ability to do things differently. There is also a commitment to free ports and free trade. Looking to nip a Labour attack line in the bud, Boris Johnson made clear that the NHS would not be on the table in any trade negotiation.

Alongside commitments to invest in transport infrastructure and a spending boost for the NHS including 50,000 more nurses and £1 billion for social care each year of the next Parliament, there is a promise for 20,000 more police officers and funding for body-worn cameras and tasers. Embracing the age-old adage that all politics is local, there are promises to end ‘unfair’ hospital parking charges, a near £30bn investment in strategic and local roads and the biggest ever pothole-filling programme. There are also policies to repeal the Fixed-Term Parliament Act, introducing Voter ID at polling stations and an offer of a guaranteed job interview for veterans for any public sector role.

In an attempt to be ever jocular, Johnson played on the commitment to make the UK carbon-neutral by 2050 committing to make the UK Corbyn-neutral by Christmas.

 

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