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British PM makes poll pledge to clamp down on immigration

20 Mai 2017

While acknowledging Britain was facing its most challenging period in 60 years, she said she wanted to build "a country where all that matters is the talent you have and how hard you're prepared to work". The amount Britain will be asked to pay is expected to be one of the first flashpoints in the exit talks. The manifesto also says the willing to pay to remain a part of specific European Union programs. The value of the pound has tumbled since Britons voted to leave the bloc, pushing costs up and driving inflation higher than wage growth. Opinion polls give May's Conservatives a big lead over the opposition. Her manifesto includes some ideas more reminiscent of centre-left Labour than traditional Conservative policies.

May launched it with a speech in the northern England town of Halifax, a Labour seat the Tories hope to win on June 8.

The platform signals that May is more willing than her predecessor, David Cameron, to let the state intervene in markets.

As well as the previously announced cap on energy prices, the manifesto also pledges to force mobile phone firms to make billing fairer, tackle rogue landlords and cut the cost of buying a home by cracking down on rip-off conveyancing and legal fees.

The manifesto also sees the party pledge "to be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we inherited it" and as such promises to produce "a comprehensive 25-Year Environment Plan" that charts how the United Kingdom can improve its environment post-Brexit and "take control of our environmental legislation again".

She also confirmed an end to the pension triple lock which guarantees a minimum annual rise in state pensions, to take on "inter-generational unfairness".

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Theresa May has promised a "mainstream government that would deliver for mainstream Britain" as she pledged money for schools, cuts to pensioner benefits and an overhaul of the social care system. Increased spending will be funded by withdrawing the £300 winter fuel payment from wealthier pensioners.

The manifesto went further in an apparent re-casting of conservatism as a political philosophy: "Conservatism is not and never has been the philosophy described by caricaturists". It also outlines a more interventionist role in business and industrial strategy, and vows to eliminate opportunity gaps between the poor and the well-off, between men and women and between white and non-white citizens.

A Conservative Brexit will see Britain leave the European single market and custom union, however the party plans to pursue "a deep and special partnership" including a comprehensive free trade and customs agreement.

May rejected suggestions there is a distinctive vision that could be labeled "Mayism". "There is good solid Conservatism that puts the interests of the country and the interests of ordinary working people at the heart of everything we do in government".

May said that immigration is a challenge, but cutting the numbers coming from overseas is part of her vision for Britain after Brexit.