Liberal Democrat 2019 Manifesto

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

Today, we can finally share our full Plan for the Future with you!

This manifesto is a bold plan to build a brighter future for our country.

That starts with stopping Brexit.

The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for people and our planet.

Labour and the Conservatives can’t offer the country a brighter future because they both want Brexit. We know that will be bad for our economy, bad for our NHS and bad for our environment.

Our politics has been dominated by the two, tired old parties for too long. This election provides an opportunity to change the future of our country.

The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for people and our planet.

Our ambitious plan includes:

  • Stopping Brexit.
  • Then, investing the £50 billion Remain Bonus in public services and tackling inequalities
  • Tackling the climate emergency
  • Building a fairer economy and transforming opportunities
  • Giving every child the best start in life
  • Transforming our mental health services
  • Adopting a public health approach to serious violence
  • Fixing the broken immigration system

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Together, we can create a future for our country where every person, every community and our planet can thrive.

Our Plan for a Brighter Future

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

For too many people, things aren’t working as they should be. The Conservatives and Labour are stuck in the past, failing time and again to deliver a better future.

Brexit chaos has distracted from the real issues facing our country. While the Tories and Labour are squabbling over the latest Brexit deal, the country is in crisis.

The NHS can’t afford to help the huge numbers of people facing battles with their mental health. Noone’s taking the radical action needed to tackle climate change. Schools are so chronically underfunded that some can only open 4 days a week.

It doesn’t have to be like this.

On day one of a Liberal Democrat government, we will Stop Brexit. Then, we can get back to what really makes a difference to people’s lives. We’ll use the £50 billion Remain Bonus to invest in our public services and tackle inequality.

On day one of a Liberal Democrat government, we will Stop Brexit. Then, we can get back to what really makes a difference to people’s lives.

We’ll take bold action on the climate emergency. By 2030, we’ll generate 80% of electricity from renewables. Low-income homes will all be insulated by 2025.

With a Liberal Democrat government, every child will get the best start in life. We’ll recruit 20,000 more teachers as part of an extra £10 billion a year or schools. Free childcare will be available from just 9 months. We’ll make sure that government subsidies reflect the true cost of high-quality childcare.

Our changing job market shouldn’t leave anyone behind. We’ll create £10,000 Skills Wallets for every adult to be able to train and gain new skills throughout their life. A Liberal Democrat government will transform our mental health services. We’ll bring standards, urgency and waiting times in line with those of physical health.

The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for Britain. To find out more, take a look at our full manifesto:

Our Plan

Trans Day of Remembrance

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

20th November is Trans Day of Remembrance. Every year, we take a moment to remember those in the trans community who have been lost too soon. Too many are killed or are made to feel like they have no choice but to end their lives for simply being who they are.

We proudly champion the T, alongside the LGB, for a society where no-one is made to feel unsafe or worthless because of who they are or who they love.

We in the Liberal Democrats stand with our trans friends. We proudly champion the T, alongside the LGB, for a society where no-one is made to feel unsafe or worthless because of who they are or who they love.

It’s why we continue to fight against the unfair Spousal Veto – where a married trans person has to bow to the will of their partner in regard to being allowed to transition. Being forced to seek permission from another in order to express your personal identity is plain wrong. Layla Moran, our MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, announced the Liberal Democrats’ policy of abolishing the Spousal Veto at our party conference, and Baroness Barker, Lib Dem Peer, recently introduced a Private Member’s Bill to do just that.

In the past year reports of hate crimes against trans people have risen by 81%

It’s why we call for reform of the Gender Recognition Act – a system where a trans person must pay a prohibitive amount of money and provide ‘evidence’ to a panel of bureaucrats who decide whether they are trans enough to be legally recognised as their gender. The government’s cowardly bending to the anti-trans rhetoric in the media has led to the abandonment of any reform plans for the foreseeable future.

Trans people can’t wait until it’s politically convenient for them to exist.

In the past year:

  • Reports of hate crimes against trans people have risen by 81%
  • 28% of trans people have suffered domestic abuse
  • 36% of trans students have been harassed or discriminated against by their own university staff
  • 41% of trans people have been the victim of a hate crime

On Trans Day of Remembrance we remember the lives lost as a result of transphobia. Today we are reminded that transphobia is never funny or trivial, & that it can be fatal. Let us end anti-trans violence & discrimination for good. pic.twitter.com/H0cccIuAgX

— Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) November 20, 2019

The Liberal Democrats are fighting for a brighter future for the LGBTQ+ community, and today we pause to remember those taken from us along the way.

Trans people can’t wait until it’s politically convenient for them to exist.

We need to sort this out now.

Trans rights are human rights.

The Liberal Democrats are fighting for a brighter future for the LGBTQ+ community, and today we pause to remember those taken from us along the way.

The Johnson government will not publish the Russian interference report.

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

“Inexplicable and shameful.”

“Inexplicable and shameful.” – Hillary Clinton on the UK government’s refusal to publish a report into Russian interference in British politics.

Yeesh. It’s almost like she has experience with childish leaders lying to get their own way.

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Hillary Clinton knows first-hand what it feels like to go up against Russian interference into elections. While investigations are still ongoing, many close to Trump are already in jail – for collusion with Russian politicians during the 2016 Election.

So when Clinton tells the British public that we should worry about our government, we must listen.

Johnson is not fit to be Prime Minister.

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He has lied to the Queen, lied to Parliament, and lied to our country.

Boris Johnson wants to take us back to the past

And now he is lying again – if they had nothing hide, the Tories would have released the report already. By refusing to publish the report into Russian interference before we go to the polls, Johnson is denying us access to all the facts.

Boris Johnson is once again trying to deceive the public. He is not fit to be Prime Minister.

The Liberal Democrats’ plan to invest £10 billion in schools

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

Our schools should be world class, helping every child make the most of the challenges ahead. But instead, they are trailing behind.

The Conservatives have cut school funding to the bone and children have paid the price, especially those with the most complex needs.

Highly valued, well trained teachers are the most important resource we have in our education system. Liberal Democrats will recruit 20,000 more teachers and give them the pay and support they deserve.

It is disgraceful that some schools feel they have no choice but to ask parents to chip in for supplies, and are closing early on Friday to balance the books.

Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for every child. By stopping Brexit, we can spend £10 billion of our Remain Bonus on reversing school cuts and hiring 20,000 more teachers, so that pupils can leave school happy, healthy and with the skills they need to succeed in life.

❌Tory cuts to school funding since 2015 have meant that children & teachers have had to pay the price.

✅A LibDem Government will recruit 20,000 new teachers as part of an extra £10 billion a year for schools.

More on our plan👇https://t.co/lvWPhIGvpgpic.twitter.com/yHFOJbAhj4

— Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) November 20, 2019

Headteachers are crying out for more staff, but too many are leaving the profession because they are overworked and underpaid. A Liberal Democrat government will attract and retain teachers by increasing their starting salaries to £30,000 and guaranteeing all teachers a pay rise of at least 3% a year over the next Parliament.

The funding also includes an increase in support for children with special educational needs or disabilities, and money to provide high-quality professional development for teachers.

In addition, we will also invest in the fabric of our schools, setting aside £7 billion over five years to build classrooms fit for the future.

This £10 billion a year is an investment in our children’s future and this just one of the fantastic policies from our manifesto that will help build a brighter future for our entire country.

Learn more about our Plan for the Future here.

Lib Dems Respond to ITV Ruling

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

“This law needs to change. ITV needs to change.”

“The Liberal Democrats’ position in this election and that of our leader is unique: Jo Swinson is the only leader of a national party fighting to stop Brexit.

“Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn should not be allowed to sidestep debating the issue of Brexit with someone who wants to remain, and ITV should not give them the opportunity to do so.

“That is why this is an incredibly disappointing verdict. Not just for the Liberal Democrats but also for democracy in this country, and for every Remainer who deserves to have a voice in this debate.

“It is worrying that the OFCOM guidance allows TV Executives to decide, not the voters, whether the biggest issues of the day are debated openly in the ITV Debate.

“We will not set our principles aside, we will continue this fight.”

“This campaign is undeniably dominated by Brexit, the single biggest issue for our country, perhaps in the last 75 years.

“Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are determined to drag this country down in the name of Brexit.

This law needs to change. ITV needs to change.

“Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats brought this court case because our politics needs to change too.”

Televised debates between political party leaders should be framed in stronger legislation.

“But more than that, our democracy should not be in the hands of invisible corporate structures, and arrangements for such debates should always be accessible and transparent.

“We will not set our principles aside, we will continue this fight.

“Not just for this General Election, but for our future democracy too.”

5 Reasons to vote Liberal Democrat

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

1. To Stop Brexit

Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote stop the Brexit mess the that Conservatives and Labour have left us in.

A Liberal Democrat government will Stop Brexit on day one. Then we’ll use the £50 billion Remain Bonus to properly fund our public services and tackle inequality across the country.

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2. For Radical Climate Action

We are in the middle of a climate emergency. The Liberal Democrats are the only party with a radical, credible and detailed plan to tackle climate change.

The Liberal Democrats presided over the UK’s biggest ever increase in renewable energy. But we need to go even bigger. With a Liberal Democrat government, 80% of our electricity will be renewably sourced by 2030.

Check out our full plan to protect the planet for our children’s future 👇

Our Climate Plan

3. To Give Every Child the Best Start in Life

We’re proud to have introduced the pupil premium to help level the playing field for children from low-income backgrounds. A Liberal Democrat government will go even further. We’ll invest £10 billion in our schools every year so that every child can reach their full potential.

We will recruit 20,000 new teachers to solve the staffing crisis in our schools. We’ll ensure that every pupil has the support they need to thrive.

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4. For a Fairer Economy

Things aren’t working as they should. We need to revolutionise our economy and make it fairer for the workers of today and tomorrow.

The Liberal Democrats will give every adult £10,000 to spend on skills and training throughout their life – making sure our changing job market leaves no-one behind. We’ll introduce free childcare from nine months so no new parent has to choose between family and work.

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5. To Transform Our Mental Health Services

The state of mental health services in our country is a disgrace. The NHS has been starved of the cash it desperately needs to cope with the mental health crisis in the UK.

The situation won’t improve until we treat mental health with the same importance and urgency as physical health.

A Liberal Democrat government will inject £11 billion directly into mental health services. Not to mention the boost the NHS will get from the Remain Bonus. We will make sure that everyone in this country gets the help they need as soon as they need it.

And that’s just our top 5 reasons to vote Lib Dem!

There are endless reasons why millions of people are voting Lib Dem on 12th December. Will you join them?

The Liberal Democrats’ £35 billion pledge to protect the NHS

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

We need to protect our NHS. Under the Conservative government, it’s struggling to cope with severe staff shortages, chronic under-funding and crumbling hospital buildings.

All of these problems would be made much worse by a Tory or Labour Brexit that would end free movement and make it harder to attract nurses and doctors from the EU.

The Lib Dems will tackle the NHS staffing crisis and invest in mental health services, social care, public health and more.

That’s why we’ve set out our plan to safeguard the NHS; stop Brexit and invest an extra £35 billion in the health service and social care over the next five years.

The Liberal Democrats would raise £7 billion a year in additional revenue, ring-fenced for the NHS and social care services, by adding a penny on income tax.

On top of this, we will use a £10 billion capital fund to upgrade equipment, ambulances, hospitals and other NHS buildings to bring them into the 21st century.

A Liberal Democrat government will tackle the severe staffing shortages across the NHS and end the current shortfall of GPs within five years. This will be done by retaining free movement including for the 65,000 EU citizens working in the NHS, reinstating nursing bursaries and establishing a national workforce strategy to match training places to future needs.

We are the only party with a credible plan to protect the NHS and build a brighter future by tackling the staffing crisis, investing in mental health services, social care, public health and future-proofing our NHS buildings.

Learn more about our Plan for the Future here.

Seven Ways The Liberal Democrats Will Fight The Climate Crisis

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

The UK should be leading the world in tackling the climate crisis, but the Tories are failing to address it.

As part of our ‘Plan for a Brighter Future’, we will fight the climate crisis with all the ambition and urgency required.

This is how we’ll do it:

1) Halve emissions by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2045

Tackling the climate crisis will need significant structural change. We will need to change how we travel, how we build, and how we produce goods and services.

A Liberal Democrat government will prioritise making Britain a net-zero emission country.

We will be well underway by 2030, and achieve net-zero emissions by 2045 at the latest.

This is an achievable target; giving time for the country to mobilise and industry to adapt.

2) Generate 80% of electricity from renewables by 2030

We will do this by doubling our solar and wind capacity. The Tories have banned on-shore wind, slashed support for solar power and cancelled the Green Deal. They are persistently hindering and delaying climate action.

The Liberal Democrats will invest in solar and wind technology and remove barriers for the construction of new farms. By doing this, we will double the amount of energy produced from renewable sources by 2030.

We will also invest in tidal energy, a massively underutilised energy source in the United Kingdom. We will make the UK a world leader in renewable energy sources.

Tackling #ClimateEmergency

Today I announce @LibDems will invest £100 bn of public money to jump-start fight against #ClimateChange🌿

🔶Fast tracks deploying clean energy

🔶Invests to make all buildings greener

🌿Vote #LibDems for a #BrighterFuturehttps://t.co/I7Bgd4jS2n

— Ed Davey 🔶 (@EdwardJDavey) November 15, 2019

3) Retrofit 26 million homes by 2030

We will cut emissions from buildings by adding insulation, retrofitting 26 million homes by 2030.

We will prioritise all fuel poor homes, retrofitting all of them by 2025.

Not only will this tackle the climate emergency, but it will save money for families everywhere, putting £550 of the average energy bill.

4) Plant 60 million trees a year

Planting trees is one of the most viable ways of removing carbon from the atmosphere and is vital for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Only 1,420 hectares of trees were planted in England in the year to March 2019, 71% short of the Conservative government’s target of 5,000 hectares for the same period.

The Liberal Democrats will undertake the largest tree-planting programme in UK history.

🌲Planting trees is one of the most viable ways of removing carbon from the atmosphere and is vital for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions

🌿LibDems will plant 60 million trees every year, increasing UK forest cover by 1 million hectares by 2045https://t.co/eo9i5lzLGb

— Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) November 16, 2019

5) Build environmentally friendly new homes.

We will build homes that are future proof. Under our plan, every home built from 2021 will have to meet strict environmental standards.

For too long, other parties have only thought about quick short-term wins. Tackling the climate crisis requires long term structural change, and the Liberal Democrats have the vision to achieve this.

6) Establish a new Department Against The Climate Crisis.

In an act of unparalleled short mindedness, the Tories shut the department tackling the climate crisis in 2016.

We will reinstate it immediately. The scale of the task in front of us is enormous. The Liberal Democrats will allocate every resource at our disposal to make sure we reach our ambitious climate targets.

7) Spend £100 billion on climate action

We will spend and invest an extra £100 billion of public finance on climate action and environmental preservation.

Serious climate action requires serious spending commitments.

Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for a Prime Minister that will deliver a bold green plan to build a brighter future.

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Five Reasons Why Jo Swinson Is The Voice For The Future

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

Britain just isn’t working the way it should be. People feel disillusioned. The old parties have failed to provide find solutions for the problems we face. Britain desperately needs change.

Johnson and Corbyn want to go backwards. Johnson dreams of empire, and Corbyn wishes it was the 70s.

But Jo Swinson is planning the future.

1. Jo has a plan for an open-outward looking Britain

We face problems that don’t stop at borders. From the climate emergency to national security – we must work with our neighbours to build a better world.

And we can only do this as part of the European Union.

Corbyn wants a Labour Brexit. Johnson wants a Tory Brexit. Jo doesn’t want any sort of Brexit.

She knows our best deal is as members of the EU, working alongside our European partners.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have pushed their parties off to the extremes.

We are offering a #BrighterFuture at this election – where we’ll tackle inequalities, confront the climate emergency and give everyone the opportunities they need to succeed. https://t.co/2QuWhk2Catpic.twitter.com/Ng5plZYVsR

— Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) November 17, 2019

2. Jo has a plan to invest in people, especially young people

Our schools are suffering a funding crisis. Overfilled, understaffed classes. A serious lack of resources. Education is how we ensure we give future generations the best start in life. The Tories think they can do this on the cheap.

Jo will give schools an extra £10 billion a year.

But in today’s economy, learning doesn’t stop at school, or even at university. That’s why Jo will also give every adult £10,000 to spend on skills and training throughout their lives.

We will invest in people, and help them invest in themselves.

3. Jo will act on mental health

For too long, mental health treatment has been neglected and ignored by other parties.

The Tories pay lip service to mental health provision, but have failed to provide appropriate funding.

The result? Unacceptable waiting times, overstretched mental health professionals, and a vast amount of human suffering.

Not anymore.

Jo will put mental health on the same level as physical health.

To do this, the Liberal Democrats will invest £11 billion in mental health services to tackle these terrible illnesses. Through revolutionising the way we treat mental health, Jo will change millions of lives for the better.

There is a huge amount to do to put mental and physical health on the same footing. @LibDems ambitious plan for a #BrighterFuture would invest £11bn in our mental health services. https://t.co/7jnULYE11L

— Jo Swinson (@joswinson) November 6, 2019

4. Because hope is stronger than hate

Labour and the Tories have failed to address racism in their parties.

Johnson described women wearing Burkas as letterboxes, flirting with xenophobia to win far-right votes. And he’s succeeded, he just got endorsed by English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson.

Corbyn has failed to tackle rampant anti-Semitism in Labour. Last week, the front page of the Jewish Chronicle was a plea to voters to not vote for the party.

The Liberal Democrats are the party of equality in the UK. Jo knows that Britain is stronger when we embrace diversity. From Govanhill to Golders Green, Britain is richer for our global heritage.

5. People believe in Jo

People are flocking to the Lib Dems because they believe in Jo’s message.

We have Record membership numbers. We have an army of motivated volunteers. We are coming from our best ever local and European election results.

We’ve had 8 MPs from across the political spectrum defect to our party under Jo, ready to fight this election.

Jo Swinson is the only candidate who will lead Britain forwards and build a brighter future.

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— Jo Swinson (@joswinson) November 13, 2019