General election 2019: Tories and Lib Dems in rival tree-planting pledges

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tree-planting rates need to more than double in the UK if the government is to meet its climate change targets, advisers said earlier this year The Conservative Party has said it will plant 30 million trees a year by 2025 if it wins the general election – as the […]

General election 2019: Labour figures set for crunch manifesto meeting

Image copyright EPA Senior Labour Party figures will meet later to finalise the party’s manifesto for next month’s general election. The party has already announced a number of policies, including a part-nationalisation of BT and extra spending on infrastructure. But it still has to decide whether to include some policies from its party conference, including […]

General election 2019: Boris Johnson quizzed on Russia, flooding and his children

Media captionBoris Johnson on Russian donations and alleged interference in UK politics. Boris Johnson has been quizzed on Russia, flooding and his children by members of the public during a BBC Radio 5 Live and News Channel phone-in. During the programme, the PM said there was “no evidence” of Russian interference in UK politics, amid […]

General election 2019: Labour pledges free broadband for all

Media captionLabour’s John McDonnell pledged “free broadband for the country” if the party gets elected Labour has promised to give every home and business in the UK free full-fibre broadband by 2030, if it wins the general election. The party would nationalise part of BT to deliver the policy and introduce a tax on tech […]

General election 2019: Tories pledge help for ‘left behind’ towns

Image copyright AFP The Conservatives have pledged to reduce business rates for small firms in a bid to help “left behind” towns, if they win the general election. Under their plans, they would also extend discounts on business rates to smaller cinemas and music venues. They are also offering to make it easier for local […]

General election 2019: Lib Dems pledge £100bn climate fund over five years

Image copyright Getty Images A Liberal Democrat government would spend £100bn tackling the effects of climate change and protecting the environment, the party’s finance spokesman is set to announce. In a speech on Friday, Sir Ed Davey will say the five-year investment would “jump-start” efforts to combat the “climate emergency”. The pledge would be funded […]

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