Policy guide: Business

Business is one of the key topics in the up and coming general election. With brexit unresolved, it’s having having a huge impact on large and small business across the country. What are each party saying they will do? Here is our guide to business policies.

Labour

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Labour party says that they will increase the minimum living wage for young people  as a result  under 18 will get pay equally than adult. Most young people need economic support.

Under 18 getting paid equally  will be beneficial mostly when parent cannot help them financially due to their low income and having younger sibling that they have to prioritise.

Some do not live with their parent and only have their job as a financial support labour believe they should be rewarded by their hard work because they do same task as someone older people.

Labour is  tackling issues that under 18 year old are facing.

“We believe all young people deserve a wage they can live on and that workers should be rewarded for their work, not their age”

Conservative Party 

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BORIS JOHNSN CONSERVATIVE LEADER

The Conservative Party want to make Britain the best place to start your business.

Whenever it is small or  big businesses they want to make the  UK a  good place where entrepreneur can build something for themselves and their  family.

Business is a good thing for people and for the economy of the country it will create more jobs  and helps the unemployment rate to reduce it will give more opportunity to people who never got the chance to work or who just felt like being their own boss.

The Conservative Party is willing  to fulfil their potential by investing   money in business people. The conservatives have already invest 3 billion ponds in national skills funds to helps upcoming entrepreneur manage their business and help them to have enough money for their businesses.

They  will cut taxes down to help business owner to invest in their businesses and received more money that they are supposed to get  and reduce business rate for small businesses rate for retail business. They will also increase employment allowance for small businesses cut taxes down for half million  firm. The Conservative Party want to support small and big business through the government procurement by paying them on time.

Liberal  Democratic 

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Jo Swinson Lib Dem leader

Jo Swinson is happy that Britain want to start  businesses she says it can be a good force for the economy of the country cutting down the unemployment.

Many business owner struggle to start their businesses, they do not have the financial resource that they need, they need more help from the government so that they will be able to pay back when they become successful  and it will be beneficial to everyone .

Green Party

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Sian berry and Johnathan Green leader

The green party said that they will help business to get out there by promoting so that they can more  get exposure , that is why they want to make sure that they have a responsible business owner  who will run the business correctly and respect his employee by paying them on time and correctly.

Human right  should be respected , business owner wont be able to purchase their item they will have to be checked first by the government they do not want order to get in the country without being verified.

Policy Guide: Brexit

As far as Brexit goes, how are the multiple election parties promising a stable post Brexit future?

With Labour being seen more popular with younger voters, the party maintains it will give the public the vote of whether or not they want to remain.

Within three months of coming to power, labour will create a sensible deal.

Within six months they will put that deal to a public vote alongside with the option to remain in the EU.

They plan to ‘rip up’ the deeply flawed deal negotiated by Boris Johnson, and introduce new legislation which is in line with Labour’s priorities and principles.

Jeremy Corbyn has been appraised for his public – spirited ideals, however skeptics are not so convinced with his power in leadership.

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Rival constitution, The Conservative party has been adamant with their ‘Get Brexit Done’ attitude.

The current leader Boris Johnson, has asserted his beliefs in the leaving of the European Union.

They will start putting their deal through Parliament before Christmas and will leave the European Union in January.

They will keep the UK out of the single market, out of any form of customs union, and end the role of the European Court of Justice.

As well as this, they will negotiate trade deals next year and wont extend the implementation period beyond December 2020.

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The Green Party, in par with Labour will also provide a people’s vote, deciding the future on Brexit.

They describe their constitution as ‘a pro European party and are unequivocally campaigning for Britain to remain in the EU.

The Liberal Democrats are approaching with a ‘Stop Brexit’ plan and using the ‘Remain’ bonus to invest in Public Services.

The Party campaigned to stay in the EU in 2016, and ‘unequivocally believe that the UK is stronger as part of the EU.

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The Lib Dems, criticizes the conservative’s ‘Get it Done’ approach, stating “it will simply usher in more years of difficult negotiations over the UK’s trade deal with the EU.”

The Brexit Party, lead by Nigel Farage, has a priority to Leave the European Union and deliver the Brexit that 17.4m voted for in 2016.

They plan on pursuing what they call a “Clean-Break Brexit”. There will be no extended transition period, and no further entanglement with the EU’s political institution.

A Clean-Break Brexit is a chance to reduce the cost of living for working families, and control our own national security borders.

 

Policy Guide: Environment

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We constantly hear that we need to save planet earth, and that our home is under threat due to our destructive way of life; but we can only do so much. We need our government to be on the same page.

So what solutions do our political parties have for these issues?

Liberal Democrats

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Liberal Democrats: leader Jo Swinson

Lib Dems-  The lib Dems have made big promises in terms of our environment and climate change. A major one is that they plan on reducing net greenhouse gas to zero by the 2045. Tackle the climate emergency by generating 80% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and insulating all low-income homes by 2025.

If climate change doesn’t interest you, than maybe the promise of a lower energy bill will peak your interest. The Lib Dems plan on implementing an emergency ten-year programme in which they will reduce energy consumption from all buildings; therefore cutting emissions and energy bills and ending fuel poverty.

They will be investing over £6 billion a year on home insulation and zero-carbon heating by the fifth year of the Parliament. This will mostly be in the benefit of low income homes, which have suffered with the cold more than others, due to homes with poor insulation. 

Greens

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Green party leaders: Sian Berry and Jonathan Bartley.

Greens- The green party have promised to have new green homes, green transport and have even gone as far as making promises of new green jobs. They say that it will get us on track to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2030, also providing new opportunities for everyone; equaling in happier more secure lives. This will be a combined investment of more than £100 billion a year in their Green New Deal.

The greens plan on replacing fossil fuels with more reliable, renewable fuels. They also plan on implementing heating upgrades in a million homes a year.

Their goal is to plant 700 million trees and supporting the healthy and sustainable food system, which will ultimately be beneficial for all of us

The greens would also like to tackle our major poverty problem by creating a universal basic income, which will be paid to all UK residents in order to give everyone some financial security.

Labour

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Labour leader: Jeremy Corbyn

LabourLabour has made promises to review and improve protected area designations, from National Parks to local nature reserves and urban green spaces, in their manifesto.

They have said that they want to have cut at least half of our global emissions by 2030, and reduce the UKs carbon emission to zero by 2030, in hopes of achieving a net-zero economy.

They will introduce a Climate and Environment Emergency Bill setting out in law robust, binding new standards for decarbonization, nature recovery, environmental quality and habitats and species protection. They will aim to maintain and continuously improve the existing EU standards of environmental regulation.

Conservative Party

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Conservative leader/PM: Boris Johnson

Conservatives- The conservatives have made promises of making Britain carbon free by 2050, to invest in clean energy solutions and green infrastructures, in order to reduce carbon emissions and have a pollution free environment. 

Brexit Party

Brexit party leader: Nigel Farage

Brexit Party The Brexit Party have made no promises in relation to the environment or the green changes that we need to make.

POLICY GUIDE: TRANSPORT

The major political parties in the UK have started campaigning for the 2019 general elections as they have started announcing their aims and objectives.

Parties have presented their manifestos for 2019 election, this article shows what various parties have promised the public if they win the election in regards to transport.

The conservatives promised to support cycling commuter routes by creating a new £350 million cycling infrastructure fund with mandatory design standards for new routes.

This will ensure cyclist are safe and more families would be able to go out together.

The party promised to fund city regions in order for them to upgrade their buses, trams and train system to make them as good as London’s, with this idea transportation system in city regions would be more effective wherein they’re provided with  modern buses, modern train systems, smart ticketing and better-integrated services in general.

The conservatives aim to connect major productive cities with the northern power house rail plan which will be built in between Leeds and Manchester wherein later on their focus would be on Liverpool, Tees valley, Hull, Sheffield and Newcastle.

The idea behind this plan is to connect major cities across England, Wales and Scotland. They will begin by creating high speed rail line connecting London and Heathrow to Birmingham.

This plan is set to provide an attractive low carbon alternative to thousands of short flights.

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Leader of conservative party – Boris Jhonson

The Labour party has stated that cutting emission would be the matter driving their transport policies wherein they would review public transport expenditure on transport.

This plan is to ensure that it promotes environmental sustainability and contributes to decarbonisation.

The labour party has promised to invest in a modern, integrated, accessible and sustainable transport system wherein it is reliable and affordable to improve the quality of living nationwide.

They will ensure that councils can improve bus services by regulating and taking public ownership of bus networks which will allow the availability of resources to function to its maximum potential. Councils would take control of their buses.

The party plans to provide free bus travel for under 25’s wherein they would increase and expand local services.

They plan on bringing together transport and land use  planning to create towns and cities  that walking and cycling are the best choice is part of agenda for the upcoming election.

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Leader of Labour party – Jeremy Corbyn

The Green party plans on making travel by public transport cheaper than travelling by car, to see to this plan they would reduce the cost of travelling by train and bus.

Coach travel would be encouraged with the help of electric coaches provided across the country.

The green party has promised to revolutionise the transport  system by ending dependence on carbon whereby they will invest in alternatives that works for the climate and betterment of the people.

The party plans on seeing this agenda through by providing more reliable and affordable trains, electric bus, trams and better options for cycling and walking.

The party has promised to spend  £2.5 billion a year on new cycleways and paths, built with sustainable materials like woodchips and sawdust.

The party plans to stop the building of new runways and all increased road capacity which would see to saving of thousands of acres countryside every year protecting people from harm of increased air pollution and traffic danger.

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Jonathan Bartley  (left) and Sian Berry – Green party co-leaders

The Liberal democrats have promised to prioritize healthy forms of transportation by encouraging the public to walk and cycle. 

The party promised to accelerate the transition to ultra-low-emission transport through taxation, subsidy and regulation of cars, buses and trains.

The party has promised to invest in public transport I.e. buses, trams and railways with the ulterior motive to allow people travel more easily while reducing their impact on the environment at the same time.

The party has promised to reduce the need for car travel by giving new powers to local authorities and communities to improve transport in their areas, including the ability to introduce smart ticketing like London operates.

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leader of Lib Dems – Jo Swinson

The polling stations would be open from 7am on December 12 and closing 10pm on the same day wherein results would be announced in the early hours of December 13.

For more info on parties and their policies click the links below:

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Green Party  

Lib Dems 

 

Policy Guide: Crime and Justice

As the election date nears, it’s time to look at what each party has said it will do in their manifesto. This guide will cover the issues surrounding policing, crime, and security.

Labour:

The Labour party wants to try and eliminate institutional bias against BAME employees within the police force and other public institutions. They also want to reform the way the police is funded. This is to make sure that sufficient and sustainable resources are fairly allocated across the force. As well as those, Labour also wants to work with police forces to help tackle the rise in violent crime and cybercrime that was seen under the Conservatives. Another key issue raised in the manifesto was that Labour wanted to ensure better training regarding domestic abuse and offenses arising from controlling behaviour. They also want to focus on historical abuse cases and other crimes that were neglected by the smaller forces under the Conservatives.

In regards to national security, Labour wants to take effective measures against a growing problem of extreme or violent radicalisation. They say they will ensure closer counter terrorism co-ordination between the police and the security services.

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Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn at their Manifesto Launch

Conservatives: 

The Conservative party, like Labour, aims to increase resources for the police and introduce the Police Covenant to make sure they have the support they need. They also want to introduce tougher sentencing for the worst offenders and end automatic halfway release from prison for serious crimes. For child murderers, there will be life imprisonment without parole. The Tories also say with the new freedoms they will have after Brexit, they will prevent more foreign national offenders entering our country.

Another policy is to strengthen the National Crime Agency so it can threats faced from fraud, county lines gangs and child sexual abuse to illicit finance, modern slavery and people trafficking. They also say they will make 10,000 more prison places, with £2.75 billion committed to refurbishing and creating modern prisons.  

The Tories say they will continue to fight crime against women and girls, including rape, Female Genital Mutilation and forced marriage. Their support for the main carer receiving Universal Credit will help give greater independence to individuals, most often women, trapped with coercive partners. They will also combat harassment and violence against all religious groups, and against LGBT people.

They pledge to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online, with the aim of protecting children from online abuse and harms, protecting the most vulnerable from accessing harmful content, and ensuring there is no safe space for terrorists to hide online but at the same time defending freedom of expression and in particular recognising and defending the invaluable role of a free press.

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Prime Minister, Boris Johnson

Green Party:

The Green party has said they will significantly reduce the number of short-term prison sentences handed out, replacing them with restorative justice projects that have a better record of preventing reoffending. They also say they will end the war on drugs, which has trapped hundreds of thousands of people into lives of crime and treat drug addiction as a health condition, not a crime.

The Greens also want to enhance the rehabilitation services on offer to long-term prisoners, commissioning rehabilitation services that have a track record of success. They will also support and develop a network of specialist women’s centres in order to reduce the female prison population. As well as these centers, they also want to invest  in youth services and centres, to help turn at-risk children away from crime and also invest in specialist programmes provided through youth centres.

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Co-Leaders of the Green Party – Johnathan Bartley and Sian Berry

Liberal Democrats:

The Liberal Democrats say they will invest £1 billion to restore community policing, enough for two new police officers in every ward, and introduce a target of one hour for handover of people suffering from mental health crisis from police to mental health services and support the police to achieve adequate levels of training in mental health response. They would also like to end the disproportionate use of Stop and Search.

Another aim is to properly resource the National Crime Agency to combat serious and organised crime, and tackle modern slavery and human trafficking.

The Lib Dems also want to stop Brexit and maintain the European crime-fighting tools including: Europol, the European Arrest Warrant and direct access to shared police databases.

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Lib Dem leader Jo Swindon launching a stop Brexit Manifesto

Brexit Party:

The Brexit party only had three policies related to crime. They were to increase police numbers and have more visible policing, ensure focus on combating violent crime, robbery and burglary rather than enforcing restrictions on free speech. They also want to target the menace of County Lines drug dealers, gangs and the growth of knife crime.
The third policy was to abolish distortive targets and introduce sentence ‘ranges’ for young offenders, to encourage rehabilitation.

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Nigel Farage makes a pledge to the public rather than a manifesto

Policy Guide: Immigration

The UK’s main political parties have all began announcing their promises for the campaigns for the Election in December.

To help make the decision of choosing which party to vote fore here are what these five major parties are promising.

Use this article as a guide to compare where each party stands on key issues.

All the parties have launched their general election 2019 manifestos.

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The Green Party have promised to create a humane immigration and asylum system for people to be able to seek legal advice, childcare and reintroduce legal aid for immigrants and finally end the indefinite detention of all refugees and asylum seekers.

The Labour Party have promised to have a flexible work visa system, protect the rights of  3 million EU citizens living in the UK the immigration system will be based on the needs of the economy and the communities they have also said they plan to end ALL deportation of families from people who’re entitled to be here in the UK.

The Liberal Democrats have promised to take the immigration policy away from the home office straight away, end indefinite detention by introducing a 28 day limit, establish a firewall to prevent public agencies from sharing person information with the home office for the purpose of immigration enforcement and repeal the immigration exemption in the Data Protection act.

The Conservatives have promised to reduce overall immigration to the UK after Brexit,  end freedom of movement to all EU citizens and introduce Australian points system, a student visa to help universities attract talented young people and allow those students to stay on apply for work here in the UK.

Brexit Party have promised to ensure that the UK maintains its commitments to NATO  and meets its commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defence as a minimum, crack down on illegal immigration and stop the human tragedy associated with human trafficking.

UKIP have promised to reduce immigration to low, sustainable levels, introduce an Australian style points based system combined with time limited work permits, UK border force will to become migration control department, overseeing all immigration and border control.

For more info on all the manifesto’ and their promises have a look below:

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Conservative Party

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