The Liberal Democrat party launched its manifesto on 20 November 2019.
Most of the manifesto argues its case for remaining in the UK, rather than setting out new policies. Those policies include:
- stopping Brexit by cancelling Article 50
- creating a Brexit Support Fund of £7.5 billion to support those adversely affected by Brexit uncertainty.
Although not in its election manifesto as such, the party is also committed to:
- increasing the basic rate of income tax by 1p in the pound to fund the National Health Service and social care. This should raise £7 billion a year
- generating 80% of electricity from renewables by 2030. (The current figure is about 40%.)
- introducing a frequent flyer levy for those who fly frequently, and increasing air passenger duty
- recruiting 20,000 more teachers. (There are currently 453,400.)
- legalising cannabis
- freezing train fares for peak-time and season tickets for the whole of the next Parliament
- increase the national minimum wage by 20% for workers on zero hours contracts
- resettling 10,000 refugees a year
- building 300,000 new homes a year in England (against 220,000 built last year)
- introducing a new Help to Rent loan for first time renters under 30. [19.11]