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Welsh Lib Dems release manifesto with opportunity at its heart

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today released their 2015 General Election manifesto - a detailed and credible plan to build both a stronger economy and a fairer society.

The manifesto includes:

  • Opportunity for children: investing further in Wales’ schools
  • Opportunity for young people: with more apprenticeships, discounted bus travel, and support to rent or own their own home through the innovative Help to Rent and Rent to Own schemes
  • Opportunity for parents: giving parents £2000 tax free childcare and more paternity leave for fathers
  • Opportunity for better healthcare: providing investment for more nurses on hospital wards and better mental health services
  • Opportunity for workers: with a further £400 tax cut for millions of working people
  • Opportunity for older people: with the pensions triple lock written into law
  • Opportunity for the next generation: with the budget balanced and our environment protected so that our children and grandchildren are not left to pay for the mistakes of this one

As with the party’s 2010 manifesto, the Liberal Democrats’ top priorities are spelt out on the front page. They are:

1. Prosperity for all
Balance the budget fairly and invest to build a high skill, low carbon economy

2. Fair taxes
Cut your taxes by an additional £400 by raising the tax-free allowance to £12,500

3. Quality health care for all
Increase resources for our NHS and ensure safe staffing levels

4. Opportunity for every child
Invest in our schools through our Pupil Premium

5. A stronger Wales
Deliver Home Rule for Wales with further powers and fair funding

Click here to read the manifesto in full.

Speaking at the launch, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams AM said:

“This manifesto is a blueprint for a stronger economy and a fairer society. It is insurance policy against a government lurching off to the extremes.

“We have a plan to finish the job of balancing the books, and to do so fairly by protecting our schools, hospitals and public services. At its heart is one word that is absolutely central to what Welsh Liberal Democrats believe: opportunity.”

On the choice facing voters on 7 May, Kirsty Williams said:

“We all know that either Cameron or Miliband will be Prime Minister. But neither of them will win outright. So people have to decide: who do they want to hold the balance of power? UKIP and SNP, or do they want the Liberal Democrats?

“We will add a heart to a Conservative government and we will add a brain to a Labour one. We won’t allow the Conservatives to cut too much and jeopardise our schools and hospitals, and we won’t allow Labour to borrow too much and risk our economy again.”

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