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Boris Johnson unveils Tory manifesto with pledge not to raise taxes and to 'get Brexit done' before Christmas

Boris Johnson unveils Tory manifesto with pledge not to raise taxes and to 'get Brexit done' before Christmas
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Boris Johnson is pledging not to raise taxes and to bring back the Brexit bill before Christmas if he wins a majority next month.


The Prime Minister will also put a promise to increase free hospital parking at the heart of the Tory manifesto when he launches it on Sunday afternoon.

Under him the Conservatives would bring in plans for a "triple tax lock" with no rises in income tax, National Insurance or VAT.

And as part of his slogan to "get Brexit done”, Mr Johnson will vow to bring back the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to Parliament before 25 December, with the plan to get it ratified and leave the EU at the end of January.

Launching the document in the West Midlands he will say: “Imagine the relief the whole nation will feel if we do this – if a Conservative majority is returned on 12 December so we can get Brexit done.

“Uncertainty ended, investment unlocked, a nation moving forward once again.”

The manifesto also includes a pledge to raise the National Insurance threshold for lower earners, which he revealed earlier this week, and £2billion for the country’s “biggest ever pothole-filling programme”.

And the party will introduce free car parking at hospitals for the two million “blue badge” disabled drivers and passengers as well as a host of other groups.

It will cost £78million a year in England and is part of a wide-ranging NHS spending package as the PM aims to take on Labour in their key area.

He will also vow to “unleash the potential of the whole country” with an extra £1billion for childcare and £6.3billion to improve energy efficiency in 2.2 million disadvantaged homes.

Mr Johnson will say: "Our One Nation agenda will unite this great country for years to come.

"It's time to turn the page from the dither, delay and division of recent years."

Other manifesto pledges include:

  • A new National Skills Fund of £600million a year for five years.
  • A ban on exporting plastic waste to countries outside the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Reducing levels of immigration and introducing a points-based system post-Brexit    
  • Recruiting an extra 20,000 police officers
  • A three-point plan for adult social care, including £5billion in short-term funding
  • An extra £250m a year for childcare, for at least three years, plus a £250m capital spending boost, for "wraparound" childcare
  • Doubling funding for dementia research, with an extra £83million a year
  • Keeping the pensions triple lock so state pension increases by highest of CPI inflation, wage growth or 2.5% each year

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