Campaign update 19 May

What our Manifesto will deliver for Hastings and Rye

Yesterday, I joined Theresa May to launch the Conservative Party’s manifesto. It outlines our plan for a stronger Britain and a more prosperous future.
For Hastings and Rye, a Conservative government will deliver a higher national living wage and proper rights and protections at work. It will also support world-class public services with an ambitious programme of investment in our NHS, additional funding for schools, and a proper plan to pay for and provide social care.

  • Our manifesto recognises the importance of supporting coastal communities like ours. The Coastal Communities Fund, which has delivered over £2.5m to Hastings and Rye since 2012, will be extended.
  • For our fishing industry, which is so important to our towns, we will introduce a new fisheries regime as we leave the European Union and the Common Fisheries Policies. This will ensure sustainability and prosperity for a new generation of fishermen. Crucially, we will also withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention, which will give us the ability to set our own national fisheries policy.
  • We will continue to back the small businesses which are the foundation of our local economy through business rate relief and low taxation, and by reducing the bureaucracy and regulation that prevents small businesses from flourishing.

 The next five years will be the most challenging our nation has faced in generations. Getting Brexit right is central to everything: our place in the world, our economic security and our future prosperity.
Now more than ever, Britain needs strong, stable leadership under Theresa May to get the best Brexit deal for our country and to make the most of the challenges that lie beyond.
These are challenges which our manifesto addresses head on: 

  1. To make sure our economy stays strong and to bring prosperity to the whole of our country. 
  2. To emerge from Brexit a strong and united nation able to take a lead in the world to defend Britain’s interests. 
  3. Overcome social divisions by giving people real opportunity and making Britain the world’s Great Meritocracy. 
  4. To restore the contract between generations that provides security for older people while being fair to the young. 
  5. To seize the opportunities of changing technology, while ensuring that our security and personal privacy – and the welfare of children and younger people – are still protected

 We will govern in the interests of ordinary, working people to support them to achieve economic security.

  • By 2020, we will increase the personal allowance to £12,500
  • There will be no increase in the level of VAT.
  • An energy price cap will protect customers who do not switch against abusive price increases.
  • Homes for all, including a new generation of fixed-term council housing linked to a new Right to Buy.
  • High-quality childcare for working families, supported by thousands of new nursery places a year.

Other key announcements on what a Conservative government will deliver for our country and our communities:
On Brexit:
Only the strong, stable leadership of Theresa May will deliver the Brexit deal that Britain needs to prosper in the years ahead.
On our long-term plan for elderly care:
We are making a commitment to a long-term plan to make the social care system fundamentally fairer, better funded and more sustainable, helping to ensure elderly people receive the dignified and high quality care they deserve.
On NHS funding:
There are few institutions as important to us as our NHS. We will increase spending by a minimum of £8 billion in real terms over the next five years, delivering an increase in real funding per head of population for every year of the parliament, and embark on the most ambitious programme of investment in buildings and technology the NHS has ever seen.
On pensions:
A decade ago, poverty blighted the retirement of many older people. Pensioner poverty has now reduced to historically low levels. We now need to make sure we continue to provide dignity to older people and fairness to working people. Our Double Lock will deliver that by ensuring pensions will rise in line with the earnings that pay for them, or in line with inflation – whichever is highest
On getting immigration down to sustainable levels – which means the tens of thousands:
We will establish an immigration policy that allows us to reduce and control the number of people who come to Britain from the European Union and continue to bear down on immigration from outside the EU.
On school funding:
We will increase the overall schools budget by £4 billion in real terms by 2022 and ensure that no school has its budget cut as a result of the new, fair funding formula.
Our manifesto can be read in full here:
It will deliver a stronger Britain and a prosperous future where everyone is given the chance to go wherever their talents will take them. And it is a plan to grasp the opportunities which lie ahead for our country, and for us here in Hastings and Rye.

Yours sincerely,

Amber Rudd
Conservative Candidate for Hastings and Rye