The Conservative Party have held their annual conference in Manchester where the Prime Minister and her Cabinet set out their vision to deliver a Global Britain and a Country that Works for Everyone. Theresa May spoke passionately about the role of Government, highlighting the good it can do in bringing about positive social and economic change in Britain.
Some major policy announcements at #CPC17 included:
- Fixing the broken housing market: an extra £10 billion invested in the Help to Buy scheme helping 130,000 more young people and families into a home of their own, more protection for tenants, and an ambitious council-house building program thanks to an additional £2 billion investment.
- An independent review of mental health provision to tackle longstanding injustices of discrimination in the mental health system.
- A freeze in the cap on tuition fees and a rise in the earnings repayment threshold to £25,000 meaning students will be better off by £360 per year.
- Tougher sentences for online terrorism. Now, those who repeatedly view terrorist content online could face up to 15 years behind bars.
- Further committed spending for the NHS and the largest expansion of nurse training in the NHS’ history increasing the number of nurses trained by 25%.
- A change to the organ donation system to presume willingness to donate. Opt-out rather than opt-in.
- A draft Bill to put a price cap on energy bills.
- Restatement to the Government’s commitment to meet both the international aid target and NATO’s defence target with 0.7% of Britain’s Gross National Income spent on international development and an increase in the defence budget by at least 0.5% above inflation in every year of this Parliament.
Banbury and Bicester Conservative members and activists who attended had a great few days; hugely interesting fringes, selfies with Ministers, meeting new friends and catching up with old ones, and of course, the obligatory mugs and tea towels purchased from the Party shop!