Theresa May seeks to tighten government grip on corporate Britain

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20 May, 2017

"If we fail, the consequences for Britain and for the economic security of ordinary working people will be dire".

The manifesto also pledges to reduce and control immigration from Europe after Britain leaves the European Union and is able to exercise its own border controls.

With only 20 days to go until election day, the Conservative party published their manifesto revealing their ambitions and plans for the next couple of years to come, including some big hopes for Britain's property sector.

Pitching to voters outside her centre-right party's traditional base, May promised new rights for workers, to curb executive pay and cap energy prices.

This belief is probably nonsense in itself, and certainly an insult to the 48 per cent who voted to remain; yet on the strength of it, we are now plunged into a hard negotiation for a hard Brexit, which over the coming years will inflict untold bureaucracy, difficulty and expense on every British person wanting to live and work in the nations that were once our European partners, and every company wanting to do business with them.

Older people are more likely to cast their votes and Mrs May knows that removing universal benefits such as the winter fuel payment risks a backlash, but she is confident that her plans to tackle the "giant" challenges facing the country - such as its ageing population - will attract support.

While government does not have all the answers, it "can and should be a force for good", she said. Nor do we recognise the Britain with which she invites us to unite, a mean-minded Tory place obsessed with "strong leadership" and with keeping foreigners out, that has nothing to do with the diverse, beautiful, argumentative, dynamic and culturally rich Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales that we know and love.

As Express.co.uk reported last month, the former Conservative Prime Minister could expect to cash in by up to £6,000 for a half-hour chat at a conference of hedge-fund managers in the glittering gamblers' paradise.

A telephone poll by Ipsos MORI poll put the Conservatives on 49 percent - unchanged since April - and Labour up eight points on 34 percent.

Labour made a raft of spending pledges in its manifesto, also promising income tax rises, in a shift away from the centre ground where May is looking to make major gains.

If May wins, she plans to increase the annual charge to £2,000 ($2,600) per worker from £1,000 at present.

May said she stood within the mainstream of Conservative party thought, rejecting suggestions she had a distinctive personal approach or wanted to be compared with Thatcher.

But speaking on Question Time, International Development Secretary Priti Patel said the social care reforms were a "long-term decision" to address funding shortages, adding that they would ensure people did not have to sell their houses in their lifetime.

"Margaret Thatcher was a Conservative, I am a Conservative, this is a Conservative manifesto", said the Prime Minister.

- Increasing the Immigration Health Surcharge to £600 (NZ$1050) for migrant workers and £450 (NZ$780) for worldwide students, to cover their use of the NHS.


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