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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.

Michael Gove

  • Has not made it clear that Britain should leave without a deal. However, his wife Sarah Vine wrote a column last week explaining that Gove is willing to leave without a deal…
  • Originally Gove has said that he is prepared to delay Brexit until 2020, now it has become a few weeks. But, Gove has also said for Britain to leave the EU before the next General Election
  • EU nationals living in the UK at the time of the 2016 referendum to apply for citizenship for free – 3 million EU citizens
  • Agree a Canada-style free-trade deal
  • £1 billion investment into schools
  • Continue with the spearheading of banning plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers
  • Replace VAT after Brexit with a “lower, simpler” US style sales tax
  • Cutting business rates and reduce business regulations following Britain’s exit from the EU
  • Strongly opposed to Scottish independence

Dominic Raab

  • Leave EU with or without a deal come 31st October and is prepared to halt parliament to get no deal through parliament
  • Reduce the basic rate of income tax from 20p to 15 – including a 1p drop straight away. Raab claims that there is a “£26bn of headroom” in public finances to make the move work.
  • Cut down the number of Whitehall departments, cut out the bureaucracy. He would recycle half of that into frontline services – teachers, schools, nurses – and the other half into tax cuts for the future
  • A special commission looking at the public sector procurement particularly in the NHS and MOD
  • Provide more powers to the police to increase stop and search
  • Investment of £394 million every week into the NHS following Britain’s exit from the EU
  • Radical overhaul of competition laws: take on energy, insurance and telecom giants
  • He has indicated that he is not a feminist, and opposes reforms for trans people
  • More opportunities of places for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend private schools with “fee support”
  • Raise the national insurance contribution threshold from £8,628 to £12,500
  • An extra ultrasound at 36 weeks to identify late stage problems and day 1 right for Agency workers to attend antenatal appointments
  • Protect working women from redundancy throughout their pregnancy, maternity leave and for six months afterwards
  • Make properly paid paternity leave for dads a day one right in a new job
  • Government action to protect Northern Ireland veterans from the never-ending threat of legal action
  • Announced plans to toughen up community sentences – the punishments imposed on offenders as an alternative to a spell behind bars.
  • An elected Conservative Party chairman, rather than a chairman chosen by the party leader
  • Encourage local Conservative Party Associations to propose motions for them to be debated at Conference
  • Extend the current £5 per year membership fee from under-23s to under-25s
  • Create a bespoke initiate to raise funds to employ more professional Party ages in the party’s battleground seats
  • Strongly opposed to Scottish independence and another referendum

Sajid Javid

  • Prepare fully for a no-deal Brexit
  • Find a deal that can be approved by Parliament
  • Has refused to rule out the possibility of delaying Brexit after the 31st October
  • Work with Ireland to amend the Irish backstop to include a time limit or exit clause
  • Use technology in place to solve the Irish problem to deliver Brexit
  • Mr Javid said he would pay for a “multi-billion pound” spending increase in education by slowing down government debt repayment. He said that could free between £15 billion and £25 billion a year, some of which would go to the education system.
  • Tax cut for the richest one per cent of taxpayers in the UK by getting rid of the 45p income tax rate. This applies only to earners over £150k a year
  • Legal protection for police who crash cars
  • 20,000 more police on streets – which he would believe would cost £1bn
  • Slash red tape to make it much easier for police to tackle the rising knife crime on Britain’s streets
  • Strongly opposed to Scottish independence and strongly against holding another referendum

Jeremy Hunt

  • No deal would be a “last resort” and “political suicide”
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Rory Stewart

  • Avoid no deal
  • Plans citizens’ assemblies to find a consensus over Brexit.  He is prepared to talk to Nigel Farage to find a deal that pleases all – he has also spoken to Len McCluskey
  • Double the amount of UK foreign aid spent on tackling climate change to over £2bn
  • National citizenship services for all teenagers
  • Build 2 million more homes in the next 5 years
  • Axe hospital car park charges
  • Wants a more powerful Secretary of State for Scotland – “with the money and resources behind it”. Rory Stewart is strongly opposed to Scottish independence

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