Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

The Lib Dems will give you a choice about the future

The Lib Dems will give you a choice about the future

DESPITE the party only finishing with the fifth highest number of votes in the 2015 General Election in Stroud, the Liberal Democrats' new candidate for the constituency is confident of winning a seat in Parliament.

In the Lib Dem's manifesto, the party have included a second referendum on leaving the European Union. This would give the public the chance to vote on the final deal, but would also include the option of rejecting Brexit altogether and remaining within the bloc.

He said: "So you are essentially trying to re-run the referendum?"

Instead, he will claim that Theresa May is "on course to win" the General Election on June 8, and ask voters to let the Lib Dems replace Labour as the second-largest party in the House of Commons.

Labour says it would hit the top 5% of earners - those on more than £80,000 - with an income tax increase.

The document calls the war on drugs "a catastrophic failure" in which billions were flowing into organised crime rather than the Treasury's coffers.

RLA Chairman Alan Ward warns of a shambles for private renting if the Liberal Democrats are elected.

After raising its prices by 6.9 per cent in April, while shedding crocodile tears over its "deep regret" at the increase, energy giant SSE yesterday reported profits had tripled at £1.8billion in the year to March. The drug would be sold through licenced outlets to those over 18 years old. By the end of the current decade, the party also seeks to ensure that fibre to the premises (FTTP) is standard, as well as providing unlimited usage to individuals across the UK.

If the United Kingdom can not secure terms that are at least as good as those now available - a high probability - and which may even be disastrously worse, then the voters must be allowed to consent to the policy, given that it is they who will pay the price and bear the hardship in the years ahead.

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. Overall they are planning to inject more than twice the money into the welfare system as Labour - an extra £9.7bn a year compared to an extra £4.6bn a year.

"Another tax raid such as this could be the last straw for many, and force even more landlords out of the market altogether".

And the "rent-to-buy" plan isn't the only promise Farron and his party have made to young people. Class sizes for five to seven-year-olds would be reduced to less than 30.

Set up a new government-backed British Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank with a remit including providing long-term capital for major new settlements and helping attract finance for major housebuilding projects.

"We want to give all our children a brighter future in a fairer Britain where people are decent to each other, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy". In the past it was, indeed, Europe, but also apparently eccentric ideas about home rule for Scotland and Wales, and LGBT rights; now it is legalising cannabis, with the added benefit that levying a tobacco-style duty on a regulated trade would bring in £1bn a year to the Exchequer.

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