Greg Hands Welcomes Conservative Manifesto to Secure a Better Future for Britain

Greg Hands, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Chelsea and Fulham, has welcomed the launch of the Conservative Manifesto which sets out commitments for the next five years.

Running through the Conservative manifesto is one central theme: offering working people security at every stage of their lives.

Readers can read it in full here and watch a video about it here.

Key pledges from the manifesto include:

For the best start in life we will continue to increase spending on the NHS, provide 7-day a week access to your GP and deliver a truly 7-day NHS

For your school years we will maintain the amount of money that follows each child into school; ensure there is a good primary school place available for every child; and lift the cap on university places, so you have the skills you need to succeed.

To secure your first job we will create 3 million new apprenticeships; take everyone earning less than £12,500 out of Income Tax altogether, and pass a law to ensure we have a Tax-Free Minimum Wage in this country; and continue to create a fairer welfare system where benefits are capped to the level that makes work pay, so you are rewarded for working hard and doing the right thing.

As you raise your family we will extend the Right to Buy to Housing Association tenants; build 200,000 new Starter Homes - 20 per cent below the market price, for first-time buyers under 40 -; and provide 30 hours of free childcare to working parents of three and four year-olds, so you are able to work while having the security of your own home in which to raise your family.

While you grow older we will not raise VAT, National Insurance contributions or Income Tax, but we will raise the 40p Income Tax threshold to £50,000, and take the family home out of tax by increasing the effective Inheritance Tax threshold for married couples and civil partners to £1 million, so you can keep more of your income and pass it on to future generations.

And when you retire we will continue to increase the Basic State Pension by at least 2.5 per cent through the triple lock; give you the freedom to use your pension savings as you want and pass them on tax-free; and we will cap the amount you can be charged for your residential care, so you can have the dignity and security you deserve in your old age.

Candidate for Chelsea and Fulham, Greg Hands, commented following the manifesto launch: "The Prime Minister launched our Conservative manifesto where he has set out our commitments to the British people for the next five years.

"This election is the most important in a generation. And there is a clear choice: The competence of a strong Conservative team with a long-term economic plan, securing a better future for you, your family and Britain…Or putting it all at risk with a weak Ed Miliband in Downing Street, dependent on Alex Salmond and the SNP, with the instability and economic chaos that would result: more spending, more borrowing, and higher taxes.

"After five years of difficult decisions, hard work and patient sacrifice, Britain is on the right track to a brighter, more secure future. Let's not go back to square one."

Additionally, the Conservative manifesto promises that the Conservatives will cut income tax for 30 million people, taking everyone who earns less than £12,500 out of Income Tax altogether, and back aspiration by raising the 40p threshold so that no one earning less than £50,000 pays it.

Greg added: "I'm particularly pleased that a Conservative Government will cut tax for hardworking people. We want to make the tax system fairer so that people get to keep more of the money they earn.

"As part of our long-term economic plan, we have cut income tax for over 26 million people and delivered the largest real-terms increase in the minimum wage since 2008. Our manifesto means the next Conservative Government will go even further, and change the law so that no-one earning the minimum wage will pay income tax ever again."