Matthew welcomes a Manifesto to "unleash Britain's potential"

Matthew has warmly welcomed the Conservative Party manifesto launched by the Prime Minister. Increases in police officers, bursaries for nursing students, more doctors in GP surgeries, and more money for education are just some of the measures which will directly help the Hendon constituency. 

Measures to encourage manufacturers to use recycled plastic and a commitment that the UK will become carbon neutral by 2050 is personally welcomed by Matthew. 

Matthew said: “This is a sensible Manifesto that would set Great Britain on a clear path - getting Brexit done and allowing Members of Parliament to focus on the issues of importance to the public. We have had dither and delay for three years and now is the time for us to move on. This Manifesto will make that happen.”

Key highlights include:

  • 50,000 nurses by 2023/24, and the reintroduction of bursaries for student nurses
  • Free hospital parking for millions of patients and their families
  • Get Brexit done by the end of January – and no extension to the transition period
  • National Insurance threshold up to £9,500 next year – with an ‘ambition’ to increase it to £12,500
  • Pledge not to raise the rate of income tax, VAT or National Insurance
  • 20,000 more police
  • Tougher sentencing including ‘life means life’ for child killers
  • Keeping the triple lock on the state pension, ensuring it rises by at least 2.5 per cent a year
  • Extra cash for social care and a commitment for cross-party talks to find a long-term solution
  • Make Britain carbon neutral by 2050
  • A new plastics tax to encourage manufacturers to use recycled plastic
  • Bring in an Australian-style points-based system for immigration
  • Increase in school spending
  • Foreign buyers will have to pay an additional 3 per cent in stamp duty
  • An extra £500million a year for four years to fund filling potholes