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UK PM pitches welfare cuts, migrant curbs in manifesto

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 01:35

Britain's prime minister, Theresa May, will campaign for more welfare cuts, curbs to benefits for some immigrants, revealing her conservative party's election platform on Thursday. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Britain's Prime Minister revealing her conservative party's reelection pitch on Thursday, betting on welfare cuts and curbs to immigration... ... But also wooing voters on the center and left with a pledge to tackle workplace inequality and social division (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY, SAYING: "It means making Britain a country where everyone - of whatever background - has the chance to go as far as their talent and their hard work will take them. (...) It means making Britain a country that works, not for the privileged few, but for everyone." The manifesto states the conservatives plan to increase the living wage Companies would have to be more transparent in reporting executive pay, and take measures to assure workers' rights are represented - traditional territory of the opposition Labour party A cut in taxes for individuals and businesses among more stand Tory promises. There are also clear nods to the issues that were central to last year's Brexit vote. Immigrants should pay more to use the UK's National Health Service, the Tories say. They're also promsing to impose fees on busineses who employ workers from outside the European Union. But it's planned benefit cuts that may make most headlines: Particularly moves to limit financial support for the elderly. Some of the expected measures, including cuts to pensioners' winter fuel payments, are a risk for May with older voters. But then she can afford to gamble - polls pointing to a landslide win for her Conservative party.

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UK PM pitches welfare cuts, migrant curbs in manifesto

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 01:35