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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 cusp of achieving a better Brexit agreement.

Has claimed to have wanted Brexiteers, including the DUP and Tory hardliners to join the negotiating team.

Plans on presenting a no-deal Brexit in early September and decide by the end of that month if there is any “realistic chance” of a new deal being agreed. If no new agreement seems likely, no deal preparations would begin.

Pledges to cover the cost of tariffs imposed on exports of the farming and fishing industries in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

Wants to defend press freedoms.

Due to the threats of China and Russia – a future increase of £15 billion in defence spending over the next five years.

Avoid General Election at all costs.

Cut Corporation Tax from 19 per cent to 12.5 per cent.

Wants to raise the point at which workers start paying National Insurance to a minimum of £12,000 a year.

Pledges to scrap business rates for 90 per centof high street shops to stop the high street decline.

Would increase the tax-free annual investment allowance from £1 million to £5 million.

Backs both HS2 and a third runway at Heathrow.

Deliver 1.5 million additional homes for young people over the next ten years.

Wants to ‘slash’ unfair rates of interest on tuition fee debt.

Cancel tuition fee debts for those who become entrepreneurs who start businesses and employ more than ten people for five years.

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.

Wants to deploy mental health support teams in every school.

Crack down on social media companies that fail in regulating their content.

Would like to see the legal time limit on abortions reduced from 24 weeks to 12.

Target manufacturers of unhealthy foods to make them cut their sugar content.

Wants to put into a place an automatic system for people to save their social care costs in old age “in the same way that they save for their pension”. Hunt has said that people would have the option of opting out of the scheme, and the government would cap costs for those who “save responsibly” during their lives.

Promises to keep TV licences free for over-75s.

Calls for flexibility over immigration and that skilled workers must be prioritised.

Wants a review into the policy that migrants with less than £30,000 should be stopped coming into the UK.

Pledges to scrap the target of maintaining net migration to below 100,000.

Is prepared to give a free vote on lifting the Fox Hunting Ban in both England and Wales – but has not confirmed which way he is prepared to vote.

Believes that Scotland does not want another referendum on Scottish independence.

Boris Johnson

Wants to leave the EU by 31st October with or without a deal – but claims the chances of no-deal Brexit is a “million to one”.

Is not prepared to pay the £39 billion Brexit leave fee unless the Withdrawal Agreement is improved.

Intends to 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”.

Every member of his cabinet will have to be supportive of Britain leaving the EU on the 31st October, with or without a deal.

If a new deal isn’t agreed, Johnson will ask for the EU for a “standstill period” to negotiate a free trade deal with them.

Has argued that a provision under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, known as GATT 24, could be used for the UK to avoid tariffs for 10 years, but this would require a sign off by the EU.

Pledges to support the rural community in the event of a no-deal Brexit, with “price support” and “efficiency payments”.

Wants to put into place an Australian style point system for his immigration policy – as previously campaigned for during the 2016 EU referendum – and will have the Migration Advisory Committee to examine the plan. Factors such as the ability to speak English and whether an immigrant has a firm job offer will be instrumental to migrating to the UK.

Opposes the UK net migration target of under 100,000 a year.

Wishes to block the ability of immigrants of immediately being able to claim benefits once entering the UK.

Wants to increase funding per pupil in Secondary Schools to £5,000.

Wants to look at lowering the interest rate for student debts.

Increase number of police on the streets and increase numbers of stop and search following knife crime in London and elsewhere – pledges to “find the money” to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers over an unspecified period.

Promises more money for public sector workers and wishes to see an increase in the National Living Wage.

Maintain the 0.7 per cent spending on Foreign Aid.

Slash income tax for three million people by increasing the 40p tax rate threshold from £50,000 to £80,000.

Wants to raise the tax threshold for low paid workers.

Promises to speed up the delivery of “full fibre” internet connection, with the super-fast service available to all by 2025, eight years earlier than currently planned.

Wishes to review the HS2 project.

Has said that more money should be spent on social care, according to a cross-party “national consensus”.

Has ruled out pay-for-access NHS.

According to supporter Matt Hancock, he plans to NHS workers a “fair” pay rise.

Want a review into “unhealthy food taxes” such as sugar on soft drinks.

Against another Scottish independence referendum and strongly opposed to Scottish independence.

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