Liberal Democrats Launch Manifesto

Lib Dems launch manifesto with policies to give young people a brighter future


The Liberal Democrats will launch their manifesto for a brighter future tomorrow (Wednesday). Change Britain’s Future is a plan for a fairer Britain where people are decent to each other, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy.

Nothing is more important to our children’s future than Brexit. A bad Brexit deal, with Britain outside the single market, will wreck the future for our children, our economy and our schools and hospitals. That’s why at the heart of the manifesto is a commitment to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal in a referendum.  

In advance of the publication of their manifesto, the Liberal Democrats are unveiling a raft of policies to give our children and young people a brighter future. These include:

  • Helping people buy their first home for the same cost as renting, with a new model of ‘Rent to Own’ homes
  • Restoring housing benefit for young people
  • Creating a discounted bus pass for 16-21 year olds, giving a 66% discount
  • Introducing votes at 16 for elections and referendums across the UK

As well as:

  • Investing almost £7bn in our schools and colleges
  • Doubling the number of businesses that take apprenticeships
  • Tripling the early years pupil premium
  • Extending free school meals to all primary school students

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

“Imagine a brighter future. You don't have to accept Theresa May and Nigel Farage’s extreme version of Brexit that will wreck the future for you, your family, your schools and hospitals.

"In the biggest fight for the future of our country in a generation, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour has let you down by voting with Theresa May on Brexit – not against her.

“The Liberal Democrats want you to have a choice over your future. You should have your say on the Brexit deal in a referendum. And if you don't like the deal you should be able to reject it and choose to remain in Europe.

“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. Not Theresa May’s cold, mean-spirited Britain.

“A vote for the Liberal Democrats can change Britain's future.”

Jane Brophy Altrincham & Sale West candidate said of the manifesto ''I am proud of my party and it's leading voice over green issues, this manifesto continues that trend with young people at the centre of our vision. We can Change Britain's Future together and create the green economy that will help us lead the world in this area, locally with my many years of experience as a councillor I understand the importance of developing new avenues for local business and industry to thrive in, a modern green economy will allow us to continue to grow our local economy and encourage innovation within our younger generations''. 

Dr Anna Fryer Stretford & Urmston candidate said of the manifesto ''I am excited by Tim Farron's vision for Britain, speaking to voters they are worried about the Conservatives alighting with UKIP on the far right, and Labour wanting to drown the country in debt. The Liberal Democrats are the only party with a real alternative vision for saving our National Health Service  for future generations, as a Doctor myself I am incredibly proud of my parties forethought on this subject especially''.

William Jones Wythenshawe & Sale East candidate said of the manifesto ''This is a manifesto for our future, our young people and the country they will inherit. I welcome the confirmation of a referendum on the deal reached during Brexit negotiations with Remain on the ballot. We need to safeguard jobs across Trafford and Wythenshawe and a Hard Brexit will hit us badly and squeeze living standards even more than has already happened under the Conservatives''

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