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UK's May surprises with change of policy on care for the elderly

Tories vow to reduce annual net immigration to ‘tens of thousands UK's May surprises with change of policy on care for the elderly
Manuel Armenta | 20 May, 2017, 01:12

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".

"In a global race for talent and innovation, United Kingdom firms risk being left in the starting blocks because of a blunt approach to immigration", said Carolyn Fairbairn, director of employers' group the Confederation of British Industry.

The manifesto, however, makes clear that May would enter negotiations with a "spirit of honest co-operation", with the aim of striking a favorable deal for Britain. The manifesto also says the U.K.is willing to pay to remain a part of specific European Union programs.

May insists she is determined to make a success of Brexit, which poses huge risks for the British economy. The value of the pound has tumbled since Britons voted to leave the bloc, pushing costs up and driving inflation higher than wage growth.

May launched it with a speech in the northern England town of Halifax, a Labour seat the Tories hope to win on June 8.

At the launch of her political party's manifesto it was made clear that immigration is regarded as a major policy that needs changed.

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.

She also confirmed an end to the pension triple lock which guarantees a minimum annual rise in state pensions, to take on "inter-generational unfairness".

To do that, May said she will remove some financial protections for pensioners - generally a group politicians are loath to alienate due to their high voter-turnout rates.

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.

May is often compared to Britain's only other female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, who transformed the country with pro-market policies that came to be dubbed "Thatcherism". While Thatcher mistrusted the state, May's election manifesto says that "government can and should be a force for good", and outlines a more interventionist role in business and industrial strategy. However, May's political philosophy appears strikingly different.

May a year ago praised free markets and free trade in a speech to party activists, but also said that she would be prepared to intervene where markets were deemed dysfunctional or where companies were exploiting the failures of the market. We reject the cult of individualism.

She said: "The next five years are the most challenging that Britain has faced in my lifetime".

"I know you journalists like to write about it, but there is good solid conservatism which puts the interest of hard working people at the heart of everything we do in government", she said.