Liberal Democrats launch manifesto

Today the Liberal Democrats released their General Election manifesto- ‘For a Fair Deal’. A fully costed policy programme that has the ambition needed to provide meaningful change to people across the country, while rejecting the divisive policies and rhetoric in favour of well-constructed policies designed to directly improve people’s everyday lives. This involves an ambitious plan to revive people’s faith in the NHS.

Cllr Mark Hunter, leader of Stockport Council said-

“We are delighted to present our manifesto to the public, who will be able to see fully costed policies that are central to rectifying the damage done by the Conservatives to our country. Nationally, confidence in the NHS is at a low point, whilst on our doorstep, the appalling condition of Stepping Hill hospital is obvious for anybody to see. The Liberal Democrats have a clear plan to invest in our NHS and prevent expensively firefighting crisis after crisis.”

The manifesto targets several other areas of failing infrastructure in the UK, including a guarantee to end the lack of access to dentists, to protect our environments from water companies dumping raw sewage into our rivers and lakes and measures to improve policing to make communities feel safe again.

Amongst these measures, however, is a clear personal priority towards improving the deal for both paid and unpaid carers, indicated by Ed Davey talking about caring for his disabled son, in the parties political broadcast released last week.

“Anybody who has watched our Party Election Broadcast will have been moved by Eds’ story, but it is a story that so many can relate to. In Stockport we have over 30,000 unpaid carers, and our plan will provide a fair deal for them, including paid carers leave and a statutory guarantee of regular respite breaks.”

The release of the manifesto comes as Stockport Liberal Democrat councillors and activists have been campaigning in prime target seats in the North West of Cheadle and Hazel Grove. Candidates Tom Morrison and Lisa Smart, both local councillors, are building on a clear second place finishes to the Conservatives in 2015, 2017 and 2019 and have been named the favourites to win the seats according to a New Stateman Forecast.

In the Stockport constituency itself, Cllr Wendy Meikle is also looking to build on a strong performance in the 2019 general election by joining her colleagues in campaigning for a fair deal for the people of Stockport.

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