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My Three Priorities

End Brexit.
Support our health system.
Protect our environment.

These are my three key priorities in this 2019 election:

Vote to end this damaging Brexit in Stratford-on-Avon.

Hard Brexit. Soft Brexit. Deal. No deal. Most parties and politicians haven't been clear on what they want for over three years.

I am.

I believe that we are stronger as part of the European Union (EU), and my position is clear and simple:

  • Liberal Democrat majority = revoke Article 50 and end this damaging Brexit.
  • No Liberal Democrat majority = we will continue to fight for a People’s Vote.

Vote for a £35.1 billion NHS boost with parity between mental and physical health.

  • The Liberal Democrats will put 1p on income tax from April 2020, with the revenue ring-fenced for the NHS and social care.
  • This is forecast to raise £35.1 billion over the next five years, Liberal Democrats will ring-fence £11.2 billion of that money for mental health services, over 30% of the money raised.
The NHS is the envy of the world, but our mental health service is not. Waiting times are being missed, people are not being referred for the treatment they need, and often action is taken only when at ‘crisis’ point, or too late.
Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. For too many, treatment is a postcode lottery; with waiting times for psychological therapy varying from 16 days in Waltham Forest, to 176 days in Leicester. 
 
One in 10 consultant psychiatric roles are unfilled, and people with severe mental illness die on average 15-20 years earlier than the rest of the general population. Urgent action is needed to provide people with the support they need and comparative care to if they were suffering from a severe physical illness.
 
Liberal Democrats will give the NHS and social care services the necessary funding by putting a penny in the pound on income tax. Ring-fencing funding for mental health will give a cash injection of £11bn fund over the next Parliament putting more investment into services such as:
  • child and adolescent mental health,
  • matching waiting time standards to those in physical health, and
  • expanding our mental health workforce
Making mental health services accessible to all is fundamental, and no one should be forced to travel unreasonable distances away from home. By prioritising young people coming out of care, and supporting students from school through to colleges and universities, it is possible to ensure that no one will have to travel out of the area for all but the most specialist mental health services.
 
Providing real parity between mental and physical health care is critical. We want to make prescriptions for people with chronic mental health conditions available for free on the NHS, as is the case for conditions such as cancer and diabetes. 

Vote for 80% renewable electricity by 2030 and cleaner air locally and nationally.

The Liberal Democrats have set out ambitious plans to tackle the climate emergency by generating

  • 80% of electricity from renewables by 2030,
  • insulating all low-income homes by 2025, and
  • cleaning up our air.

As one of the party’s key priorities in their ‘Plan for a Brighter Future’, the Liberal Democrats have committed to raising the energy efficiency standards for new homes alongside investing £15 billion over the next Parliament to retrofit 26 million homes. This would save the average household £550 a year on energy bills.

The party has also announced a Liberal Democrat government would prioritise accelerating the deployment of renewable power generation, including a new target of doubling solar and wind power by 2030.

Home Insulation:

Liberal Democrats aim to upgrade every house in the UK by 2030 to Band B EPC rating, prioritising all fuel poor homes by 2025.

50% of UK homes are rated EPC Band D, upgrading those homes to Band B will save the average home £550 a year – people will save money if their EPC Band is lower (E, F, G). Source: English Housing Survey 2017/2018.

Liberal Democrats will use £3 billion capital spend a year on home insulation over the next parliament (£15 billion over 5 years) – this will be used to incentivise households to upgrade their homes and also to provide fully subsidised home upgrades to those in fuel poverty. This spending will also leverage an extra £4.3 billion from private sources.

Renewable energy:


The Government currently projects that the renewable share of energy generation will rise to 59% in 2030. The Liberal Democrats’ target is to increase it to 80% by 2030.

By 2030 a Liberal Democrat government will have more than doubled the amount of wind power (both on-shore and off-shore) and solar power compared to 2018.

This means increasing from 21 Gigawatts of wind power capacity in 2018 to 53 Gigawatts by 2030 and solar increasing from 12 Gigawatts in 2018 to 30 Gigawatts by 2030.

Tidal power generated just 0.02 Gigawatts in 2018 but could generate up to 10% of predictable long-term power. Liberal Democrats will reserve specific pots of funding for contracts for tidal sources, to allow greater support to develop these new technologies.

Air pollution:

“Air pollution is the biggest
environmental threat to health in the UK”

Public Health England

As your MP I will back a Clean Air Act, and the measures proposed by the Liberal Democrats to curb dangerous air pollution locally and nationally.