May launches Conservative manifesto in Halifax - key points

Theresa May was today launching the Conservative manifesto in Halifax with a promise to build a stronger Britain.

Theresa May was due to launch the Conservative manifesto in Halifax this morning.

Mrs May chose Dean Clough Mill to launch the document as she warned the next five years would be the "most challenging" the country has faced in her lifetime.

Halifax is a target seat for the Conservatives with Labour's Holly Lynch defending a majority of just 428.

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Speaking before the event, Ms Lynch said: "Where were the big names in the Conservative Party when we were trying to save our A&E or secure investment in our rail services? They washed their hands of the issues and argued they couldn’t step in to help.

“There was nothing strong or stable about cutting 1,200 Police Officers from West Yorkshire Police stretching our force like never before, or closing the courts in Halifax ending 140 years of justice provision in the town.”

Outside the venue, members of the Unite union gathered in anticipation of Mrs May’s arrival, waving banners calling for an end to zero hours contracts.

Activists could be heard shouting “Tories not welcome” and “no return to Victorian Britain under the Tories”.

The policies so far:

- Spending an additional £4bn on school, including introducing a new base line to help schools set to lose out under the proposed new funding formula.

- Increasing the amount of assets a person can have before having to pay for their own care from £23,000 to £100,000.

- Promising that no-one will have to sell their home in their lifetime to fund their own care.

- Commiting to get net migration down to the tens of thousands.

How will it be paid for:

- Ending universal entitlement to free school meals for infant pupils.

The policies so far:

- Scrapping the pensions “triple lock” in favour of a double lock. This means pensions will increase in line with inflation or average wages, depending which is higher.

- Increasing the number of people who have to pay for their own care by including the value of a person’s home when means-testing to determine whether they hqualify for free at-home care.

- Introducing means-testing for winter fuel allowance to target those most in need.