Lib Dem Manifesto policies you may have missed

Posted: April 26, 2010 in Common Sense Politics, General Election, Liberal Democrats, Mike Simpson

There’s been so much concentration on the TV debates that you may have missed some of our best policies as set out in our manifesto!

So I thought I would list a random collection:

We will introduce a Banking Levy on bank profits, so that banks pay for their tax-payer guarantee.

Bring in step-on-request for night buses, so that you are let off the bus as close to your home as possible.

Launch an ‘Eco Cash-back’ scheme for the first year of the new government. This will give you £400 if you install double glazing, replace a boiler or install micro-generation.

We will uprate the state pension annually by whichever is the higher of growth in earnings, growth in prices or 2.5% whichever is the higher.

Invest £400 million in refurbishing shipyards so that they manufacture offshore wind turbines and other marine renewable energy equipment.

Allow Mums and Dads to share parental leave between them, introducing much greater flexibility.

Phase out University tuition fees over 6 years, helping to reduce the appaling burden of debt being loaded onto young people.

Legislate to end unfair bank and financial transaction charges so you cannot be charged more than the costs incurred.

Give a pay rise to the lower ranks of the armed forces so that their pay is brought into line with the starting salary of their emergency service counterparts.

Impose maximum interest rates for credit cards and store cards following consultation with the financial industry and consumer groups.

Scrap ID cards and use the savings to pay for 3,000 more police on the beat.

Make Network Rail refund a third of your ticket price if you have to take a rail replacement bus service.

Abolish the Infrastructure Planning Commission and return decision-making, including housing targets, to local people.

Scrap ‘home information packs’ for when you buy a home saving you money.

  1. Ade says:

    Hi Mike,
    Thanks for pointing to this post after the recent messages you’ve received on twitter to pull back on the negative campaigning. Sadly, I still think you might have missed the point somewhat.

    Reading your tweets, your blog and the materials that have been put through my letterbox, the overwhelming message is “Jeremy Hunt needs to be voted out”. Looking at the very page I’m typing this comment in on, JH is mentioned six times (including recent tweets). Whilst I agree, and I support the Lib Dems’ national ambitions, I also want to vote for a candidate that gives me a sense of optimism for the work they would do in office if elected. Currently, you’re not offering this and this is a major topic of conversation between me and my LD-leaning friends – especially so after Friday’s hustings in Godalming.

    It’s good to read the manifesto policies, and it’s great to see your recent campaigns on your main site, but please make your active campaigning about what you will do for us locally, not why we shouldn’t vote for the other guy.

    It’s a cliché to point to Obama when talking about political campaigns, but he was running against the most reviled politician in recent history and so running a negative campaign would have been like shooting fish in a barrel, but did he? No. He offered voters an alternative future and let them draw the comparisons to the incumbent.

    As I’ve told you on twitter, I’m historically a Lib Dem voter so my vote is yours to lose. And right now, I feel I’d be voting LD in spite of you, rather than because of you.

    Many thanks, and good luck

    • Mike Simpson says:

      I understand what you are saying and it is an issue that some others have brought up [although others have been pleased with our stance of challenging Mr Hunt]. Almost all our leaflets have been relentlessly positive but many people were not aware of Hunt’s expenses. Since last summer only the very latest ones even mention Hunt’s expenses.
      I’m very sorry that you say you might vote Lib Dem ‘in spite of’ me.
      I have worked hard and will work hard for SW Surrey.
      I do understand your points and will do my best to present our positive policies to the electorate as well as what I can do for them and the community.
      Best wishes

      • Ade says:

        Thanks for your response.

        I too am pleased with your challenging of Jeremy, but my point is that it must be a minority part of your public communications alongside positive messages to avoid coming across as overly hectoring and single-issue.

        Continuing the Obama theme, give us the ‘hope’, not just the ‘change’.

  2. Richard says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I am a firm LibDem supporter. But on Home Information Packs the policy to scrap them is just plain wrong – they need improving, not scrapping.
    The HIP requires up-front information to be available free of charge to a buyer. If it’s scrapped, how can that save money for the buyer? If a seller, who pays for the HIP is buying elsewhere, they save money because they will get a HIP on their connected purchase. But the first time buyer really benefits; they get a HIP for free. And don’t believe the rubbish spouted by the Tories or some estate agents; HIPs do help sales go through with less hassle. They need improving, not scrapping. And without statutory intervention you will never get the stakeholders in the process to implement a universal process. Scrapping HIPs would cause chaos & even more unfairness.

    • Mike Simpson says:

      You are of course correct that it is the seller who pays for Home Info packs but of course this cost will at least in part be passed on in the sale price, as all costs are.

      I should also point out that we will retain ‘the requirement for homes to have an energy perforamnce certificate’.

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