Standing for election: The Militant Elvis Party

On the eve of the General Election people will be pondering the various manifestos of political parties before deciding who to vote for. Some will resort to a last minute impulsive decision based on innumerable connotations, computations, formulations, predictions, directions, traditions and ambitions.

Llanelli Online would like to provide you with your last minute guide to the parties and also rans just in case those cheery pavement weary political activists with clipboards did not knock on your door to remind you of what it was they were basing their campaign on.

Pledges for the U.K. by party

Plaid Cymru Main pledges

Negotiate a Brexit deal that puts Wales first
Demand all future free trade deals must be endorsed by Welsh Assembly
Guarantee rights of all Europeans currently living and working in Wales
End the business rates system, moving to a turnover-based system
Introduce a fuel duty regulator to stop rising fuel costs

Conservatives Main pledges
Deliver a smooth and orderly departure from the EU
Increase NHS budget in England by £8bn a year by 2022/23
An extra £4bn on schools in England by 2022
Restating commitment to bring net migration down to tens of thousands
Balance budget by 2025
Replacement of triple-lock pension pledge after 2020 with double lock

Labour Main pledges
Bring an end to austerity and invest heavily in public services
Negotiate a Brexit deal that “puts the economy and living standards first”
Nationalise a number of utilities including rail, post, water and the National Grid
Increase taxation on business and the highest paid
Invest in the British economy through a £250bn stimulus package
Abolish tuition fees for university students in England

Lib Dems Main pledges
Hold a referendum on the final Brexit deal, with the option to remain in the EU
Add 1p to income tax to fund the NHS and social care
Rule out coalitions with the Conservatives or Labour – but want to make the Liberal Democrats the official opposition
Increase spending on early years, schools and colleges in England
Reverse some benefits cuts

Parties in Wales main pledges

Welsh Labour main pledges
Introduce a living wage of £10 an hour and invest in infrastructure, skills and new technology
Create 853 new police officers and stronger rights for crime victims
Keep giving the NHS and social care the money they need and continue work to join up services from hospital to home
Protect free school breakfasts and invest £100m to further improve school standards
Deliver 20,000 more affordable homes by 2021

Welsh Lib Dems main pledges

A second referendum on the Brexit deal before the UK leaves the EU, with the option to remain voters reject it
Give more financial powers to Welsh ministers and increase their funding
Seek to increase the Welsh Government’s funding from the UK Treasury
Transfer powers over transport, all Welsh ports, energy, broadcasting, air passenger duty, youth justice, policing and other justice powers from Westminster to Cardiff Bay
An additional £7.5m for community policing across Wales
Add a penny in the pound to income tax, enabling Wales to spend an extra £300m on the NHS and social services

Green Party main pledges

Hold a referendum on the terms of the Brexit deal, with the option of staying in the EU
Pass an Environment Protection Act to safeguard and restore the environment
Provide more money for public services
Move towards a four-day working week and “universal basic income”
Scrap tuition fees and fund full student grants
Welsh Conservatives main pledges

Deliver a smooth and orderly departure from the EU
Restating commitment to bring net migration down to tens of thousands
Balance budget by 2025
Replacement of triple-lock pension pledge after 2020 with double lock

Plaid Cymru main pledges

Negotiate a Brexit deal that puts Wales first
Demand all future free trade deals must be endorsed by Welsh Assembly
Guarantee rights of all Europeans currently living and working in Wales
End the business rates system, moving to a turnover-based system
Introduce a fuel duty regulator to stop rising fuel costs

UKIP Main pledges

End freedom of movement
Require foreign trawlers to have permits to fish in Welsh waters post-Brexit
Limit the total cost of running the Welsh Government, the assembly and local councils to 2% of Wales’ economy
Scrap police and crime commissioners, create a national commissioner and merge the four Welsh forces into one body
Ensure all parents have the right to send their children to a local school teaching through the medium of English or Welsh
Support the proposed Swansea Bay tidal lagoon
More policies from this party

Other UK parties standing for election

A political Democrats – Animal Welfare Party – British National Party – Common Good – Citizens Independent Social Thought Alliance – Church of the – Militant Elvis Party – Concordia – Demos Direct Initiative – Friends Party – Humanity – Justice & Anti-Corruption Party [The] – Libertarian – Movement for Active Democracy – Monster Raving Loony Party – Putting North of England people first – New Society of Worth – Patria – Populist – Party – Pirate Party UK – Rebooting Democracy – Southend Independent Association – Something New – Socialist Party of Great Britain – Scottish – Greens – Traditional Unionist Voice – Workers Party – Workers Revolutionary Party – Young People’s Party – Alliance for Green Socialism – Blue Revolution – Better For Bradford – Christian Party – Communist League – Compass Party – Christian Peoples Alliance – English Democrats
Greater Manchester Homeless Voice – Independent Sovereign Democratic Britain – The Just Political Party – Liberal Party – Money Free Party
North East Party – National Health Action Party – Open Borders Party – People Before Profit – The Peace Party – The Radical Party – Social Democratic Party – Socialist Labour Party – Space Navies Party – Scotland’s Independence Referendum Party – The Realists’ Party – Women’s Equality Party – Wessex Regionalists – War Veteran’s Pro-Traditional Family Party – The Yorkshire Party

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