UK Conservatives pledge immigration curb

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May's launches her election manifesto in Halifax

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May's launches her election manifesto in Halifax

May is also expected to set out plans to make immigrants pay more for the NHS.

"It is right that we want to bring net migration down to sustainable levels because of the impact uncontrolled migration has on people and public services..."

"I know you journalists like to write about it, but there is good solid conservatism which puts the interest of hard working people at the heart of everything we do in government", she said.

"The reason that we don't think it's fair is because you could have a situation where someone who owns a house - £1 million, £2 million, has expensive care costs of perhaps £100,000 or £200,000 - ends up under that proposal not having to pay those care costs, because they're capped".

According to the most recent UK Home Office figures, Indian nationals accounted for 53,575 or 57 per cent of skilled work visas granted in 2016, with USA nationals the next largest group at 9,348.

Non-EU students would also have to pay extra health charges. "We will toughen the visa requirements for students, to make sure that we maintain high standards", it reads.

Overseas students will remain in the immigration 55 statistics in line with worldwide definitions and within scope of the government's policy to reduce annual net migration.

It was last below 100,000 in 1997 and there had been some speculation if the party would choose to drop the "tens of thousands" target it has consistently failed to meet.

The manifesto also pledges to reduce and control immigration from Europe after Britain leaves the European Union and is able to exercise its own border controls.

"I also want to ensure that people here in this country are able to get on regardless of where they come from, or which school they went to, that what we see here in the United Kingdom is that how far you go depends on your talents and your willingness to work hard", she said.

"Every vote for me and my team will be a vote to get on with the job of delivering Brexit and delivering a stronger, more secure future for all".

Free school lunches for infants in England will be scrapped, but there will be free breakfasts across the primary aged pupils.

Cameron had previously pledged the Conservatives would not raise income tax or national insurance, although neither were mentioned in May's manifesto.

Older people will not receive a cap on their social care costs from Conservative leader Theresa May but her manifesto promises that those with up to £100,000 in savings and assets will no longer be required to pay for their social care. Increased spending will be funded by withdrawing the £300 winter fuel payment from wealthier pensioners.

Under the plans, costs could be taken from estates after people have died. Introduced in April, it is now set at £1000 per worker per year.

One of the most extraordinary things is that both Labour and the Lib-Dems managed to pull together costed manifestos at short notice, but the Tories, who must have been planning their snap election move for weeks before they actually announced it, have cobbled together such a farcical document.

"This is not meant maliciously, but you can not have all of the good things and then say there's a limit of 100,000 or 200,000 European Union citizens allowed to enter the UK".

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