26-May-2017 - Added UKIP Mf

Election Manifestos - 2017

The Manifestos -


Our Plan for a Stronger Britain and a Prosperous Future

The Green Guarantee.

( Page links to Summary, Environment, LGBTIQA+, Women and Youth Manifestos - take your pick )

So apart from Brexit, what will you do about ...

High Speed 2 :-

We will continue our programme of strategic national investments, including High Speed 2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the expansion of Heathrow Airport – and we will ensure that these great projects do as much as possible to develop the skills and careers of British workers.

(page 23

A Labour government will complete the HS2 high-speed rail line from London through Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester, and then into Scotland, consulting with (and, where necessary, compensating) communities.

(pages 11 and 91

Pursue the electrification of the rail network, improve stations, reopen smaller stations, restore twin-track lines to major routes and proceed with HS2, HS3 and Crossrail 2, including development of a high-speed network stretching to Scotland.

(page 61

Invest in regional rail links and electrification of existing rail lines, especially in the South West and North of England, rather than wasting money on HS2 and the national major roads programme. 


Guarantee p23

We will return the railways to public ownership, and invest in regional rail links, especially in the South West and North of England, rather than wasting money on HS2 and the national major roads programme.


 Summary p11

We will invest in stronger regional rail links, especially in Northern England and mid-Wales, to create a better connected transport infrastructure which HS2 and the national major roads programme will not provide. 


  Youth p12


Rail travel is essential but HS2 is not. This High Speed Rail project is unaffordable, requires massive borrowing, will blight people’s homes, and destroy valuable habitats. Spending £75 billion just to save a few minutes between London and Leeds is ludicrous and, we think, unethical.

UKIP will put HS2 out of its misery. We will invest in upgrading existing main line services to create additional capacity, expand electrification, and improve east-west rail services and connections across the north of England. This will be infrastructure that genuinely supports the economic and industrial regeneration of the region. A slogan, ‘ The Northern Powerhouse’, achieves nothing.

page 50

Green Belt and AONB :-

We will build better houses, to match the quality of those we have inherited from previous generations. That means supporting high-quality, high-density housing like mansion blocks, mews houses and terraced streets. It means maintaining the existing strong protections on designated land like the Green Belt, National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

(page 71

We will prioritise brownfield sites and protect the green belt. We will start work on a new generation of New Towns to build the homes we need and avoid urban sprawl.

(page 60 

our forests, green belt, national parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest are all under threat.

(page 93 

Strong protection for the Green Belt, National Parks, SSSIs and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


                 Guarantee page 7

We will introduce a new Clean Air act, expanding the mandatory clean air zone network and protect the Green Belt, National Parks, SSSIs and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Summary page3

Guarantee strong protections for our natural environment and oceans, especially for the Green Belt, National Parks, SSSIs and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and including a longterm 25 year target for biodiversity, water and air quality.


Environment page 2


UKIP will promote evidence-based environmental schemes, and safeguard protection for Britain’s wildlife, nature reserves, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, countryside, and coastlines in a new Environmental Protection Act, prioritising policies to protect our precious countryside for future generations.

page 52

UKIP will not, however, allow drilling for shale in our national parks or other Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Conservatives may be prepared to do this, but we are not. We will always respect local environmental issues.

page 57


  • Prioritise brownfield rather than greenfield or agricultural land for new housing

page 53

The Environment :-

Finally, we pledge to be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we inherited it. That is why we shall produce a comprehensive 25 Year Environment Plan that will chart how we will improve our environment as we leave the European Union and take control of our environmental legislation again.

(page 26

Protecting the global environment
The United Kingdom will lead the world in environmental protection. As Conservatives, we are committed to leaving the environment in better condition than we inherited it.

(page 40

Investing in our environment is investing in our future. We will defend and extend existing environmental protections.

(page 93 

Our stewardship of the environment needs to be founded on sound principles and based on scientific assessments.

(page 94 

Maintaining environmental standards:
The European Union has created the highest environmental standards in the world. We have a duty to future generations to protect our environment and tackle climate change. Liberal Democrats will ensure that everything is done to maintain those high standards in UK law, including the closest possible co-operation on climate and energy policy.

(page 11

We will ensure that the National Infrastructure Commission takes fully into account the environmental implications of all national infrastructure decisions.

(page 37

Liberal Democrats are determined that we live up to our environmental obligations. That’s why we will pass five green laws: a Green Transport Act, a Zero-Carbon Britain Act, a Nature Act, a Green Buildings Act, and a Zero-Waste Act to incorporate existing EU environmental protections, maintain product standards such as for energy efficiency, and establish a framework for continual improvement.

(page 47

5.4 Protecting nature
Britain’s natural environment is precious. The countryside, wildlife and urban green spaces are critical to health, wellbeing and a sense of community. The quality of the environment also underpins key industries such as agriculture and tourism. We will:

Reverse the current sharp decline in the rate of woodland creation by aiming to plant a tree for every UK citizen over the next 10 years, and protect remaining ancient woodlands.

(page 50

To ensure the policies set out in this chapter are implemented, and to put the protection of the environment at the heart of policies across all areas of government, we will establish a Cabinet Committee on Sustainability, chaired by a cabinet minister, establish an Office for Environmental Responsibility to scrutinise the government’s efforts to meet its environmental targets, and place a responsibility on every government agency to account for its contribution towards meeting climate targets in everything it does.

(page 54

Protecting our Environment

We will prioritise urgent measures to tackle climate change, replacing fracking, coal power and subsidies to fossil fuels, with investment in jobs rich renewable energy technology. We will invest in warm homes for all, with a nationwide insulation programme, and in a Green Industrial Strategy to build resilient national and local economies.
A new Environmental Protection Act will safeguard and enhance everybody’s right to a safe environment as currently guaranteed through our membership of the EU.
We will introduce a new Clean Air act, expanding the mandatory clean air zone network and protect the Green Belt, National Parks, SSSIs and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Summary, page 3

See also, the Environment Manifesto

Major infrastructure projects will be required to give much more respect to irreplaceable natural habitats. HS2 is a prime example of this: we will scrap HS2 and ensure no infrastructure project will ever again be allowed permission to wreak such catastrophic environmental damage.

See also, 'Protecting our Environment', pages 52-53