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Every week, we’re keeping tabs on the policy announcements of those candidates still in the race. New entries are in italics.

Jeremy Hunt

  • No deal would be a “last resort” and his least preferred option
  • Is willing to extend the Brexit date if Britain is on the cuff of achieving a better Brexit agreement
  • Has claimed to have wanted Brexiteers, including the DUP and Tory hardliners to join the negotiating team
  • Defend press freedoms
  • Due to the threats of China and Russia – a future increase in defence spending
  • Avoid General Election at all costs
  • Cut Corporation Tax from 19% to 12.5%
  • 1.5 million additional homes for young people over the next ten years
  • Slashing unfair rates of interest on tuition fee debt
  • Provide more funding for the teaching profession in return for a guarantee that no one leaves the education system without a “rigorous qualification” enough to work up to at least the average salary
  • Young entrepreneurs would be given more support and a new law to legislate for net zero carbon emissions by 2050. There would also be deliver charging points across the country for electric motors.
  • Deploy mental health support teams in every school
  • Would like to see the legal time limit on abortions reduced from 24 weeks to 12
  • Believes that Scotland do not want another referendum on Scottish independence

Boris Johnson

  • Leave the EU by 31st October with or without a deal
  • Is not prepared to pay the £39 billion Brexit leave fee unless the Withdrawal Agreement is improved
  • Increase the levels of preparations in case of a No Deal Brexit
  • Wants to remove the backstop from any deal and replace it with “alternative arrangements”
  • Increase funding per pupil in Secondary Schools to £5,000
  • Increase number of police on the streets and increase numbers of stop and search following knife crime in London and elsewhere
  • Slash income tax for 3 million people by increasing the 40p tax rate threshold from £50,000 to £80,000
  • Against another Scottish independence referendum and strongly opposed to Scottish independence

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