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What are the differences between the Tory and Labour Manifestos?

Lord William Hague:

What is the main difference between the manifestos, Conservative and Labour?

Obviously, a big difference is Brexit. The Conservatives say Brexit will happen on 31st of January. The Labour Party say, well, we'll have another referendum on Brexit, although we're not sure which side Jeremy Corbyn is gonna be on. But the big difference is on economics, the biggest we've ever seen between the two main parties.


The Conservative Manifesto is what I would call a pretty centrist manifesto on tax and spending. The Labour Manifesto is the biggest commitment to tax and spending we've ever seen from any political party, ever, fighting an election in Britain, 83 billion pounds a year extra. I think it's the most misleading, the most irresponsible document ever put before the people of Britain in a general election.

David Miliband:

The question this week is what are we to make of the two manifestos?

Obviously, they are chalk and cheese. They could not be more different in ideological content. But I want to draw attention to some other differences. The Tories aims to reassure. Labour tried to inspire. The Tories trying to narrow the policy agenda. Labour tried to broaden it. The Tories tried to avoid a repetition of last time. Labour tried to achieve a repetition of what they perceive to be the success of last 2017 manifesto, even though they lost the election. I think a week after the manifestos were published, hardly anyone's talking about them.

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