الأربعاء , يونيو 17 2020

Greens pledging to 'take back' NHS

Natalie Bennett and Caroline Lucas

Natalie Bennett and Caroline Lucas will launch the party’s election manifesto

The Green Party is launching its election manifesto with a call to “take back” the NHS from the private sector.

Party leader Natalie Bennett and MP Caroline Lucas will also highlight a new 60% rate of income tax and a 10% cut in public transport fares.

The Greens are fielding a record number of candidates – 571 – on 7 May and they claim a surge in membership numbers.

Ms Bennett will say the manifesto represents a “genuine alternative” to “business-as-usual politics”.

She recently said the party’s policy of a Citizens’ Income of £72 a week for every adult in Britain would feature in the manifesto, but that it would take longer than one parliament for it to be implemented.

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Analysis by Eleanor Garnier, political correspondent

The Green Party says it has attracted thousands of new members over the past year. The challenge in this election will be to see that surge in support translate into parliamentary success.

Victory in Brighton Pavilion, where Caroline Lucas has been the party’s sole MP, is vital to ensure the Greens’ stint at Westminster isn’t just seen as a blip.

The party will publish its manifesto calling for a “peaceful political revolution” to end austerity and tackle climate change.

But after promising a fully costed manifesto, the party should expect a deep analysis of its policies and significant scrutiny of the costs involved.

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The cut in public transport fares would be paid for by scrapping new road-building programmes, while the party is also expected to pledge free social care for the elderly.

The Green Party has called for a “progressive alliance” with the SNP if it has MPs at Westminster in the next Parliament.

At the weekend, Ms Bennett said the 60% top rate of tax would apply to people earning over £150,000 and that it would raise £2bn a year.

Taxation

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Main pledges

  • Close taxation loopholes and crack down on tax avoidance
  • Introduce a wealth tax of 1-2% on people worth £3m or more
  • Salaries above £150,000 a year incur 60% income tax rate
  • Introduce a financial transaction tax (a “Robin Hood” tax) on banks

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Policy guide: Where the parties stand

Speaking at the manifesto launch in East London, Ms Bennett is expected to promise to reverse what she calls the “creeping privatisation” of the NHS.

She will say: “Austerity has failed and we need a peaceful political revolution to get rid of it.

“Our manifesto is an unashamedly bold plan to create a more equal, more democratic society while healing the planet from the effects of an unstable, unsustainable economy.”

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