Lib Dems launch manifesto plan to fund more nurses, teachers and police in the Daventry area
By Andrew Simpson
The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto plans today for a brighter future, with pledges to reverse Conservative cuts and increase funding for the NHS, schools and police. The Party's landmark policy would give the people the final say on the Brexit deal which would include the option to remain in the EU.
The Liberal Democrats would put a penny on income tax for health and care would raise £44m for the NHS in the Northamptonshire (Nene Clincal Commissioning Group) Daventry area, enough to fund 262 more nurses.
An additional £39m of funding for schools in Northamptonshire, paid for in part by reversing Conservative cuts to corporation tax, would be enough to pay for 215 more teachers.
Meanwhile an additional £2.67m funding for Northamptonshire Police would pay for 53 more officers, helping to cut crime and ensure a stronger police presence in the area.
Other key policies in the Liberal Democrat manifesto include plans for a £100bn infrastructure fund to build more homes, improve road and rail links and install fibre-optic broadband across the country.
The Liberal Democrats will also give the people a chance to change Britain's future by holding a referendum on the final Brexit deal, with the option to remain.
Liberal Democrat candidate Andrew Simpson said:
"These plans would build a brighter future for people in the Daventry area and reverse the Conservative cuts to our schools, hospitals and police.
"We want to build a fairer Britain, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy.
"You don't have to accept Theresa May and Nigel Farage's cold, mean-spirited vision of Britain.
"Nobody yet knows what the outcome of Brexit negotiations will be but the Liberal Democrats will fight against a bad Brexit deal that will cost jobs and put up prices - and when we know what the deal looks like we will and give you the final say.
"As your prospective Liberal Democrat MP, I will fight for a better deal on Europe, more money for the NHS and schools and a brighter future for the Daventry area."
Notes to Editors
The Liberal Democrat manifesto is available here
Flagship policies include:
1. NHS: The Liberal Democrats will introduce a 1p rise on the basic, higher, additional and dividend rates of income tax in the next financial year raising around £6bn per year, which will ringfenced to be spent on NHS, care services and public health. This would mean £44m of extra funding for the NHS in the South Midlands (Nene Clinical Commissioning Group) area based on current funding allocations, enough to recruit 262 nurses based on a cost of £42,000 each (link)
2. Schools: The Liberal Democrats will invest nearly £7bn investment in our schools and colleges over the next parliament, to ensure no school, and no child loses out. This would mean £39m of extra funding for Northamptonshire based on current funding allocations, enough to pay for 215 extra teachers based on Treasury analysis of £45,500 per teacher (link)
3. Police: The Liberal Democrats will invest an extra £300m a year into policing to reverse the rise in violent crime and boost community policing. This would £2.67m of extra funding for Northamptonshire Police, enough to fund 53 extra police based on a cost of £48,670 per policeman
4. Economy: We will build an economy that works for the long term: prosperous, green, and fair. The Liberal Democrats will launch a £100bn package of infrastructure investment to help build 300,000 homes a year, improve road and rail links and install fibre-optic broadband across the UK. We will create a new 'start-up allowance' to help budding entrepreneurs, aim to double the number of businesses which hire apprentices and support investment in renewable energy
5. Brexit: The Liberal Democrats will give the people a chance to change Britain's future by holding a referendum on the final Brexit deal with the option to remain.