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British PM makes poll pledge to clamp down on immigration

British PM makes poll pledge to clamp down on immigration

Net migration - the difference between the number of people moving to Britain and those leaving - was 273,000 in the year to September 2016, and has not been below 100,000 in 20 years.

New measures on immigration included asking firms to pay more to hire migrant workers, who will in turn be asked to pay more to use the NHS.

It pledges to double to £2,000 ($2,600, 2,340 euros) a charge on companies hiring foreign workers, and cut immigration from outside the EU.

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Mark Williams said European Union aid had been essential "in creating and safeguarding jobs, bringing our infrastructure into the 21st Century in many parts of the country, and providing opportunities for new entrepreneurs".

The blueprint also says spending on defense will be increased by at least 0.5 percent more than inflation every year, with a commitment to meet the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target of spending at least 2 percent of GDP on defense.

It was last below 100,000 in 1997 and there had been some speculation if the party would choose to drop the "tens of thousands" target it has consistently failed to meet.

May urged people to rally behind her to ensure a good deal for the whole country, saying: "Every vote for me and my team in this election will strengthen my hand in the negotiations to come".

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. "We will forge a new deep and special partnership with Europe, but reach out beyond Europe to strike new trade deals for our goods and services with old allies and new friends around the world too", May said in her speech, which reiterated her central message of offering a "strong and stable leadership".

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"We must take this opportunity to build a great meritocracy in Britain".

Free school lunches for infants in England will be scrapped, but there will be free breakfasts across the primary aged pupils.

While the Liberal Democrat manifesto featured a raft of policy proposals revolving around waste, resources and the move towards a circular economy (including a Zero-Waste Act, food waste and recycling targets and more waste disposal taxes), the Conservative plan explicitly mentions the environment only a few times.

But the Prime Minister also announced she would scrap the "triple-lock" on the state pension and means-test winter fuel payments.

The Tories claim their plans guarantee that no one, no matter how high their care costs, will have to sell their family home during their lifetime.

The manifesto also moots a review of the cost of energy; support for shale gas and more money for communities where fracking goes ahead; bringing fuel poor homes up to band C energy efficiency standards by 2030; and another look at energy efficiency standards for new build properties.

Workers will also be given the right to request up to a year's unpaid leave to care for a relative. Britain will head to the polls for a general election on June 8.

Voters have been offered extremely stark choices with the Labour party s strongly socialist-oriented pledges including re-nationalisation of key United Kingdom bodies like railways and postal system and the pro-Europe Liberal Democrats offering a second referendum on Britain's membership of the EU.


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