Farage pledges to abandon Renters Reform Bill – see the Reform manifesto

Reform UK has unveiled its General Election manifesto, which includes a wide range of proposals covering immigration, crime, the economy, education, energy, health, defence, housing, transport, and governance. Here are the key points from their manifesto:

Immigration

  • Leaving ECHR: Proposes leaving the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • Zero Illegal Immigrants: No illegal immigrants allowed to settle in the UK.
  • New Department of Immigration: Establishment of a dedicated department.
  • Return Migrants: Return migrants who come over in boats to France.
  • Non-Essential Immigration Freeze: A freeze to protect “culture and identity”.
  • Citizenship Withdrawal: Immigrants committing crimes, except misdemeanors, to lose UK citizenship.
  • International Students: Ban on international students bringing dependents.
  • Foreign Workers Tax: National insurance for foreign workers to be raised to 20%.

Crime

  • Zero-Tolerance Policing: Strict measures including life imprisonment for drug-related crimes.
  • Increased Stop and Searches: Substantial increase in stop and searches with 40,000 new police officers.
  • PCSO Roles: Phasing out PCSO roles, converting them into police officers.
  • Hate Crime Definition: Change the definition to reduce “systematic bias”.

Economy

  • Tax Simplification: Simplify the tax system, comparing it to Hong Kong’s.
  • Corporation Tax: Reduce the main rate from 25% to 15% over three years.
  • Business Rates: Abolish for small and medium businesses, introducing a 4% online delivery tax for large companies.
  • Fuel Duty & VAT: Cut fuel duty by 20p per litre and scrap VAT on energy bills.
  • Stamp Duty: 0% on sales below £750,000.
  • Inheritance Tax: Abolish for 98% of all estates.

Education

  • Transgender Ideology Ban: Prohibit gender questioning and social transitioning in schools.
  • Patriotic Curriculum: Pair teaching of British history with non-European events for balance.
  • University Courses: Introduce two-year university courses.
  • Violence Exclusions: Mandatory permanent exclusions for violent children.

Energy & Environment

  • Scrap Net-Zero Targets: Save £30 billion a year by scrapping net-zero targets.
  • North Sea Oil & Gas: Fast-track licensing.

Health

  • Tax Relief for Health Workers: Zero basic rate tax for NHS and social care staff for three years.
  • Private Healthcare Tax Relief: 20% tax relief on private healthcare and insurance.
  • Healthcare Campaign: “Pharmacy first, GP second, A&E last” to cut waiting times.
  • Vaccine Inquiry: Public inquiry into vaccine harms.

Defence

  • Increased Spending: Raise defence spending to 2.5% of GDP within three years, then to 3% within six years.
  • Recruitment: Recruit 30,000 people full-time into the army.
  • Armed Forces Justice Bill: Protect armed forces from civil law and human rights lawyers, and fast-track housing complaints.

Housing

  • Abolish Renters’ Reform Bill: Scrap the bill and review the planning system.
  • Loose Fit Planning Policy: Introduce pre-approved guidelines for residential developments.

Transport

  • Scrap HS2: Save £25 billion by canceling HS2.
  • Ban Ulez and LTNs: Ban ultra-low emission zones and low traffic neighborhoods.

Governance

  • House of Lords Reform: Replace with a smaller, more democratic second chamber.
  • Civil Service Reform: Appoint private sector leaders to civil service roles.

Other Policies

  • Public Holidays: Make St George’s Day and St David’s Day public holidays.
  • Free Speech Bill: Stop left-wing bias and politically correct ideology.
  • Scrap TV Licence: Abolish the TV licence fee.

Reform UK’s manifesto highlights its commitment to conservative and nationalist values, emphasizing strong immigration controls, economic liberalization, and a rollback of certain progressive policies.

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