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The date for the next United Kingdom general election is to be announced by the end of this month, and it looks like it will be held on 6 May 2022. This will be the first time in history that a London Olympics has coincided with a general election.
The two main parties will be vying for votes with their manifestos, and there are bound to be some manifesto pledges that are more eye-catching than others. Here are some of the things that could appear in party manifestos in the lead up to the election:
– A promise to cut income tax for people on low and middle incomes
– A commitment to building more social housing
– An increase in the minimum wage
– A promise to invest in renewable energy
– A commitment to tackling climate change
– A pledge to reverse Brexit
What’s happened so far
The Conservative Party has selected Boris Johnson as their candidate for the upcoming election. The Labour Party has yet to decide on their candidate. The Liberal Democrats have selected Jo Swinson as their candidate.
The Conservative Party
After Theresa May’s resignation in 2019, the Conservative party went into leadership elections. The winner was Boris Johnson, who then became Prime Minister. In 2020, the United Kingdom left the European Union after Johnson secured a deal with the bloc. The same year, he called a general election in an attempt to increase his majority in parliament and secure a mandate for his Brexit deal. Johnson was successful, and the Conservatives won a landslide victory. The party won 365 seats, its best result since 1987.
The Labour Party
The Labour Party has been in a state of disarray ever since the unexpected resignation of Jeremy Corbyn in December 2020. Acting leader Keir Starmer has been widely criticized for his lack of action on Brexit and his seeming unwillingness to take on the government. This has led to a number of high-profile resignations, most notably Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott. The party is currently polling at just 23%, its lowest level since the 1980s.
The Liberal Democrats
On the first day of the campaign, the Liberal Democrats launched their manifesto with a pledge to hold a second referendum on Brexit within six months of taking office, with the option to remain in the European Union on the ballot paper. The party also promised to invest an extra £50 billion in education and provide free childcare for two-year-olds, whilst also increasing taxes on those earning more than £80,000 a year. Leader Jo Swinson said that her party was “on the side of the people” and would give them the “final say” on Brexit.
The second day of the campaign saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson travel to Scotland, where he promised to invest an extra £2.5 billion in the Scottish National Health Service and repeated his commitment to take Britain out of the European Union by 31 October “come what may”. He also accused Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, of wanting to “destroy” jobs by holding another independence referendum.
The other parties
The Brexit Party
The Brexit Party is a Eurosceptic, right-wing populist political party in the United Kingdom. The party was formed in 2019 by Nigel Farage, a prominent campaign figure during the 2016 European Union membership referendum, after he left UKIP due to disagreements with that party’s leadership following its involvement in the election.
The Brexit Party’s primary focus is ensuring that the UK leaves the European Union, and it has been critical of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s withdrawal deal. The party has also been critical of immigration into the UK, and has advocated for restrictions on immigration from non-EU countries. In the 2019 European Parliament elections, the Brexit Party was the most successful UK party, winning 29 seats.
The Scottish National Party
The Scottish National Party (SNP) is a left-of-centre Scottish political party campaigning for Scottish independence. It is the largest party in the Scottish Parliament and has been in power since 2007. The SNP manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliament election includes plans to hold a second independence referendum within the first term of the next parliament.
The party was formed in 1934 with the aim of securing Scotland’s autonomy within the United Kingdom. The SNP first contested a general election in 1945 but did not win any seats. It gained popularity in the 1960s with its policy of devolution, or devolving powers from Westminster to Scotland. In 1968, the SNP won six seats in Westminster and continued to grow in strength, winning 11 seats in 1974. The SNP held its first ever majority in the Scottish Parliament following the 2007 election and has remained in power since then.
The SNP is a member of the European Free Alliance (EFA), which sit alongside The Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA) group in the European Parliament.
The Green Party
The Green Party is a party that is lead by Natalie Bennett. They have been in many controversies, but the most notable one is when Natalie Bennett was interviewed on LBC. The interview went very badly, and many news outlets said that it was one of the worst interviews ever. The Green Party has been doing quite poorly in the polls, and they are currently at 3%.
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