‘The stakes have never been higher!’ Johnson unveils bold Tory election manifesto

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)

In a bold signal of his determination to win over millions for former Labour voters, the Prime Minister unveiled a Tory manifesto promising a major expansion of the health service if he can win a Commons majority to end the Brexit paralysis.

He also set his sights on a decade of Tory rule by setting out a plan for two full parliamentary terms.

And launching the final phase of his election campaign, he repeatedly lashed Jeremy Corbyn as a ditherer who threatened to plunge the UK into more Brexit chaos with a second EU referendum.

“The stakes have never been higher and the choice has never been starker,” the Prime Minister said.

Mocking the Labour leader’s ever-shifting Brexit policy, he added: “He used to be indecisive but now he’s not so sure.”

Mr Johnson unveiled the Tory manifesto, entitled: “Get Brexit Done – Unleash Britain’s Potential’, in Telford, Shropshire, where his party has wafer-thin majority of just 700 votes.

His newest policy pledge, revealed by the manifesto yesterday, was £879million more a year by 2023/24 to fund the recruitment, training and retention of nurses including more bursaries of student nurses and action to recruit qualified nursing staff from abroad.

The proposal was part of a major “NHS people plan” recruitment programme also including 6,000 more doctors and 6,000 other medical professionals.

Other key policies in the manifesto were a points-based immigration system, 20,000 more police, more investment in schools and colleges and action to revive struggling towns and coastal communities.

The manifesto also pledged tax cuts worth a total of £3.6billion a year by 2023/24 including raising the National Insurance threshold to £12,500 and slashing business rates.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

The Prime Minister addressed an audience of Tory supporters and media in Telford (Image: Getty)

Mr Johnson insisted his party’s number one priority was delivering Brexit by January 31st to allow his Government to focus on a major overhaul of health, education, transport, the housing supply and the nation’s infrastructure as well as tackling climate change.

His slimmed-down manifesto was a third shorter than the last Tory manifesto, offering a relatively modest £22billion of new spending commitments over a five-year parliamentary term on top of around £160billion announced in the Treasury’s recent three-year spending plan.

Tory officials indicated a Tory majority Government could have an extra £88billion for further spending once Brexit is delivered. The totals contrast with Labour’s manifesto pledge of sending spree of more than £80billion a year funded by tax hikes and soaring borrowing.

In a speech to an audience of Tory supporters and media in Telford, the Prime Minister set out a 10-year vision for transforming Britain.

“I want you to look forward to a future where the streets are safer, where the air is cleaner, where we have built 40 new hospitals as a direct result of the decisions taken in the last three months; a Britain where 10-year-olds are not only doing better at reading and writing and maths, but better across the whole country; and where in 10 years’ time scientists are starting to reap the huge rewards from our plans to double spending on research.”

Conservative manifesto

Boris Johnson presented the Conservative manifesto in Telford (Image: Getty)

The Prime Minister also promised “better infrastructure and better transport” would allow “us to build tens of thousands of superb new homes, hundreds of thousands, on brown belt sites, giving young people the prospect of home ownership they currently don’t have”.
Turning to the environment, he said his government would be “planting millions of trees”.
Mr Johnson insisted the Tories were on the side of businesses and hard-working families.

“When people get up at the crack of dawn to prepare their family business, when they risk everything on a new product or try to find a new market, we don’t sneer at them – we cheer for them.“That is the choice between out and out retrograde Socialism and sensible One Nation Conservatism.’ “Get Brexit done and we can focus our hearts and our minds on the priorities of the British people because it is this One Nation Tory party that is already embarked on the biggest cash boost for the NHS for a generation,” he said.

Mr Johnson insisted that deliverng Brexit would allow his Government to turn its attention to the “priorities of the British people”.
He said: “Get Brexit done and we can focus our hearts and our minds on the priorities of the British people because it is this One Nation Tory party that is already embarked on the biggest cash boost for the NHS for a generation.

“Today in this manifesto we pledge 50,000 more nurses and their bursaries and 15 million more GP appointments and today we make this guarantee to the British people: we will tackle crime with 20,000 more police officers and tougher sentencing and we will sort out our immigration system with a points-based Australian-style system.

“That we will invest millions more every week in science, in schools, in apprenticeships and in infrastructure, and control our debt at the same time.

“And that we will reach net-zero by 2050 with clean energy solutions.

Boris Johnson addressing the crowd in Telford

Johnson intends to reach net-zero by 2050 (Image: Getty)

“And here is the kicker – we can do all these things without raising our income tax, VAT or national insurance contributions. That’s our guarantee.”
Mr Johnson vowed to tackle unfairness and barriers to social mobility across the country.

He said: “Opportunity is not distributed evenly and I believe passionately that with education, infrastructure and technology, we can tackle that unfairness, we can unleash the potential of this whole country and we can make those investments precisely because we One Nation Conservatives also support a dynamic market economy.

“That’s why we’re cutting taxes for businesses and why when people get up at the crack of dawn to prepare their family business and when people take out a mortgage to fund a new venture and when they risk everything on a new product or trying to find a market, we don’t sneer at them, we cheer for them.

Nicola Sturgeon and Jeremy Corbyn

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, could be propping Mr Corbyn up in Downing Street (Image: Getty)

“That is the choice at this election. That is the choice between out and out retrograde and destructive socialism and sensible One Nation Conservatism. You can come with us and have a Government that backs our Armed Forces as a power for good around the world, or you can have Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party who say they want to scrap them.”

He also warned to the threat of Mr Corbyn being propped up in Downing Street by Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party.

“I don’t want to waste 2020 in two more referendums. I want it to be an exiting and productive year, a year of prosperity and growth.

“Do you want to wake up on Friday the 13th of December and find a nightmare on Downing Street? A Corbyn/Sturgeon coalition of chaos.

“I say let’s go carbon neutral by 2050, and Corbyn neutral by Christmas,” the Prime Minister said.

He concluded: “Let’s go for sensible, moderate, but tax cutting one nation Conservative Government and take this country forwards.”


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