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Liberal Democrats will take back control from criminal gangs, take 'skunk' off the streets, and protect young people by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis.

The current approach is a disaster for young people, whose mental and physical health is being harmed by an increasingly potent product. There are no age checks, and no controls on quality or strength. 'Skunk' is widespread and the only ID you need to buy it is a £20 note.

Liberal Democrats will take back control from the criminal gangs and protect young people by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis.


The market is broken and has failed to deliver. The Lib Dems would take action to bring in contractors and build 300,000 homes as a matter of urgency.

Many young people in particular are finding it virtually impossible to get on the housing ladder.

At the same time, homes are sitting empty and plots of land bought by developers are not being used. The market is broken and has failed to deliver. That is why we are setting out radical plans to fix the housing crisis.

A Conservative landslide would allow the government to take people for granted, meaning years more soaring rents and failure to build enough affordable housing.

NHS Hacking

The Conservatives try to paint themselves as the party of law and order but crime has changed and they have failed to keep up. Instead of investing in the security of the systems that our public services rely on, they have chosen to extend surveillance systems instead.

Only the Liberal Democrats will stand up against mass surveillance, for cyber-security and a properly funded NHS and we have demanded an inquiry into why the Conservatives failed to support our cyber-security by cancelling a £5.5m deal with Microsoft.

Energy prices cap

It is never a good idea to copy the economic strategy of Ed Miliband. As the Conservatives pointed out at the time, this will damage investment in energy when it is needed more than ever.

The reason the Conservatives feel forced into this now is because they have utterly failed to help people lower their bills by improving energy efficiency.

The hard Brexit chosen by Theresa May will cost jobs and push prices up even higher. Already the Brexit squeeze means the average family is set to be £500 worse off this year.

Hospital parking charges

It is a disgrace that people who are visiting their loved ones are being hit with steep car packing charges. This is yet another indication of the desperate state of NHS finances because the Government are refusing to get to grips with the funding crisis across health and care.

Labour have failed as an opposition and voted with the Conservatives for a Hard Brexit that will mean less money for the NHS.

Only the Liberal Democrats are being honest with the public about the need to all chip in a little more to rescue the NHS and care.

Conservative migration target

The Conservatives have revealed they are sticking to their failed target of bringing immigration down to the tens of thousands.

This is yet another Conservative pledge that they will inevitably break. Theresa May seems to have forgotten everything she learnt in the Home Office - you cannot have a successful economy if you restrict immigration that much. It seems like the Conservatives are intent on harming our economy, first with a Hard Brexit that will yank us out of the Single Market and cost jobs, and now this.

The Brexiteers told us that leaving the EU would mean we could be more generous to our Commonwealth partners

Triple Lock

Pensioners will receive at least an extra £772 per year by 2021 under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the Triple Lock. The party are making the commitment to older people unlike the Conservatives who have repeatedly refused to give the guarantee.

This guarantee means the state pension is expected to be worth at least £137.15-a-week by 2021, up from £122.30 in 2017.

Thanks to the Liberal Democrats' triple lock guarantee, the basic state pension has risen in each year by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or 2.5%. The triple lock was a key demand from the Liberal Democrats in Coalition negotiations.

The Conservatives have hinted strongly that they will drop the Triple Lock. Theresa May has said she will not be drawn on whether it will be included in the manifesto, and Conservative senior figures have spoken out against it.

Liberal Democrats believe that an important test of a civilised society is the way in which it cares for the elderly. We will protect the Triple Lock unlike the Conservatives.

The guiding principle of the pensions system must be to ensure that none are left unable to meet their basic needs for survival and participation in society, and that everyone is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.

Lib Dem NHS recovery plan

The Liberal Democrats will set out a 'five-point recovery plan' for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.

The key element of this is a 1p increase in income tax at each band, raising around £6bn per year, which will be ringfenced to be spent on the NHS, care services and public health.

In the longer term, we will introduce a dedicated Health and Care Tax, which will bring spending on both services into a collective budget and set out transparently, on people's payslips, what we spend on their services.

The manifesto will also call for a statutory independent budget monitoring agency for health and care. An 'Office of Health and Care Funding', similar to the Office for Budget Responsibility. This would report every three years on how much money the system needs based on meeting government health targets and to fund new initiatives, while also covering projected increases in demand.

NHS and hard Brexit

Jeremy Hunt confirmed on the Marr show that if we get a bad Brexit outcome it would be a disaster for the NHS. The Liberal Democrats have been saying this all along. The NHS is already in crisis and Theresa May's push for a hard Brexit will only make things worse.

This is just another example of why the people should be given a say on the final Brexit deal.

The Liberal Democrats have promised £6bn to guarantee the NHS has a future. Only the Liberal Democrats are prepared to be honest with people and say that we will all need to chip in a little more to end the NHS crisis.

Conservative mental health plans

Theresa May's government has failed to deliver all of the extra funding for children and young people's mental health that Lib Dems secured in the Coalition and just last week it was reported that schools across the country are cutting back mental health support for students, because of her Government's savage cuts to school budgets.

Voters simply can't trust the Prime Minister to deliver on the proposals she has set out today. The Tories have set themselves against any tax rise so the promise to employ 10,000 additional staff is based on thin air. Only the Liberal Democrats have a record of fighting for, and delivering, improvements in mental health care and only the Liberal Democrats have a concrete plan to deliver additional investment for the NHS and social care in the next Parliament through increasing income tax by 1p in each band to raise an additional £6bn a year.

Paternal leave

The Liberal Democrats will introduce an additional month of paid parental leave for fathers to encourage greater sharing of parental responsibilities.

The policy will build on our achievement of introducing Shared Parental Leave which ensured new parents could make decisions which work best for their family.

Many fathers would prefer to spend more time with their children in the period after they are born. The Liberal Democrats want to make that a real possibility giving opportunities for new fathers to spend quality time with their new-born children.

The Liberal Democrat introduction of Shared Parental Leave was a massive step towards more equal parenting, and recognising the vital role that fathers play. Parents across the UK have already benefitted from greater flexibility and freedom in how they share the care for their new baby.

But more needs to be done in order to encourage men to take leave when they become a dad, to bond with their child during the early weeks and months of their life. Research shows that fathers being more involved in their children's lives is good for children's development and good for the health and happiness of the whole family.

Labour on defence

Liberal Democrats are strong internationalists. We are committed to NATO, the European Union and the United Nations. We believe that our safety and security as a country is best achieved through co-operating with the UK's allies.

Jeremy Corbyn's Labour has waved the white flag on Brexit, voting alongside UKIP and the Conservatives and giving Theresa May a blank cheque to pursue a divisive Hard Brexit. They have voted to drag the UK out of the EU, an organisation which has overseen the longest period of peace in the history of our continent.

The Liberal Democrats are committed to maintaining a credible nuclear deterrent, because there is nothing to gain from walking away from the table and turning our back on those who rely on our protection.

Our long term goal will always be a nuclear-free world, and we must use the UK's position to lead international efforts towards multilateral disarmament.

UKIP standing down for Conservatives

Of course UKIP aren't standing in seats up and down the country - they know the Conservatives have now adopted Nigel Farage's agenda wholesale.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party that can stand up to Theresa May on Brexit, our schools and our hospitals