2017 General Election

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On April 18th 2017, Theresa May announced an general election would be held on June 8th 2017 (3 years early). Her reason being that she wanted strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations.
No party won the 326 seats needed to win the majority of the house leading to a hung parliament. This has lead Theresa May to form a 'government of certainty' with the Northern Irish party The DUP.[1] Theresa May's Conservative Party won less seats than they did in the 2015 election, negating the point of her calling for an election.

Policy Overview[edit]

Conservatives[edit]

The Conservatives want a hard Brexit.[2]
Other than Brexit, the Conservatives also have the following polices:[3]

  • Raise the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500 by 2020
  • Raise the threshold for the 40p tax rate to £50,000 by 2020
  • Eradicate The Deficit.
  • Stop giving winter fuel allowance to wealthy elderly
  • Increase the savings protection on paying for care
  • Reducing immigration
  • Charging businesses to hire foreign workers
  • Increase spending in the NHS
  • Introduce a cap on energy tariffs

Greens[edit]

  • Scrapping tuition fees and bringing back maintenance grants[4]
  • Lower voting age to 16

Labour[edit]

Labour want a soft Brexit.[5]
Other than Brexit, Labour also have the following polices:[6]

  • Renationalise many industries such as rail and energy
  • Increase tax for people earning over £80,000 (MPs just miss out on these tax increases; earning £74,962 [7])
  • Scrap higher education tuition fees
  • Increase spending in the NHS
  • Ban Zero hours contracts
  • Build 1 million new homes
  • Borrow to invest £250 billion over 10 years on energy, transport and digital infrastructure
  • Lower voting age to 16

Jeremy Corbyn has promised many nice things, but without giving an explanation as to how he will pay for them.[8]

Liberal Democrats[edit]

The Lib Dems want a second referendum on Brexit.[9]
Other than Brexit, The Lib Dems also have the following polices:[4]

  • Completely legalised cannabis
  • Lower voting age to 16
  • An extra month of parental leave for dads

Monster Raving Looney Party[edit]

  • Germany will have to pay for all treatment of German Measles, and Spain ditto for Spanish Flu[10]
  • Tax payers to receive Nectar Points from HMRC
  • Atheism will be given charity status being a non-prophet organization
  • The alphabet will be reduced to 23 characters. This will start by cutting the letters N. H. and S.
  • Voters will get a 30 day cooling off period

UKIP[edit]

  • A ban on full face coverings[4]
  • An explicit ban on the practice of Sharia Law
  • A £10 billion a year cut in the foreign aid budget
  • A 'one in one out' immigration system

References[edit]

  1. May to form 'government of certainty' with DUP backing
  2. OUR MANIFESTO
  3. Conservative manifesto for General Election 2017: Key points, policies and summary
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 What is in the 2017 General Election manifestos? Here's what Labour, the Tories, Lib Dems and Ukip say they'll do
  5. NEGOTIATING BREXIT
  6. Labour manifesto for General Election 2017: Key points, policies and summary
  7. Pay and expenses for MPs
  8. Jeremy Corbyn says Labour could wipe off student debts – but has no plans on how to pay for the costly idea
  9. Protect Britain's place in Europe
  10. The Official Monster Raving Loony Party

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