From the preamble to the 2015 general election Liberal Democrat manifesto:
When Liberal Democrats launched our 2010 General Election manifesto, few people expected that many of the policies it contained would be implemented by the next Government. But that’s what happened: three quarters of those policies formed the backbone of the Coalition’s programme.
In Government, Liberal Democrats delivered on front-page commitments like raising the Income Tax threshold and investing in the poorest schoolchildren through the Pupil Premium.
But our mission has only just begun. You can’t build the future we want in just five years.
For the first time, this is a Liberal Democrat manifesto that builds on a record of policies delivered in national government.
That’s why, in Government for the next five years, Liberal Democrats will continue to build a stronger economy and a fairer society with opportunity for everyone. This manifesto sets out how.
You can read the Liberal Democrat manifesto for the 2015 general election in full below and the separate 2015 local elections manifesto is here. A British Sign Language introduction to the manifesto is also available.
If you would like to know a little more about the Liberal Democrat beliefs which underpin the manifesto, take a look at What do the Liberal Democrats believe?
Liberal Democrat manifesto, 2015Liberal-Democrat-2015-general-election-manifesto-federal-party-version
Lib Dem manifesto costings
In addition to extra funds for the NHS, the costing document also sets out the areas of public spending the party wants to see ring-fenced in the post-election spending review: “education spending from 2-19, science spending and our commitment to spending 0.7% of GDP on international aid”.
The balance between tax rises and spending cuts for clearing deficit (and finding the money for the party’s other expenditure commitments) is that spending cuts make up 50.3% of the total in the first year and 50.7% in the second, with tax rises making up 49.7% in the first year and 49.3% in the second.Liberal-Democrat-2015-general-election-manifesto-costings
BSL version of Lib Dem manifesto
Other manifesto formats
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Previous general election manifestos
For past manifestos, see my Liberal Democrat general election manifesto archive.