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8 nasty surprises buried in the small print of the Tory election manifesto

Buried in the 84-page document, you’ll find a number of nasty surprises on the way from the Tories that you might not have spotted.

Here’s what you’ll find if you check the small print.

1. You’re going to need ID to vote

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In a bid to combat in-person voter fraud the Tories are going to change the law so you have to take ID with you when you vote.

The problem is, there’s little evidence that in-person voter fraud actually happens.

Of 51.5 million votes cast in elections in 2015, there were 481 cases of alleged electoral fraud.

Of these, the vast majority were not voting offences. More than half were campaigning offences – such as complaints about candidates making false statements about opponents, expenses offences or issues to do with campaign posters or flyers.

Just 123 alleged cases related to voter fraud, with 26 cases of impersonating another voter, 27 cases of improper postal voting and 25 cases of ‘undue influence’ over a voter.

Of these 123, all but 22 were dismissed – mostly because it was clear no offence had been committed or due to lack of evidence.

Of the remaining 22 cases, six resulted in police cautions.

It’s a solution that doesn’t have a problem.

On the other hand, 3.5 million voters don’t have photo ID – and they tend to be women, people from ethnic minorities and young people.

2. The Vote Leave bus pledge is officially not happening

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Before the referendum, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove toured the country in a big red bus, emblazoned on which was the claim: “We send the EU £350 million a week. Let’s fund our NHS instead”

Theresa May has other ideas.

Buried in the manifesto is a reference to a “Shared Prosperity Fund” which will “redistribute money coming back as we leave the EU to the four nations.”

So no, the NHS won’t be getting £350 million a week extra under the Tories.

3. They’ve left the door open to more welfare cuts

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Note “..we will continue to strive for full employment.” shrugging their shoulders over those they’ve pushed to death (ref the statements from three separate coroners).  If they get into power you can expect more Tory voters complaining when they fall ill.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

A subtle change in language in Theresa May’s manifesto, launched this morning, opens the door for more cuts to benefits for the sick, disabled and working poor.

Former Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb said in March 2016: “We have no further plans to make welfare savings”

And his replacement, Damian Green, said in February: “We are not going to have any new welfare cuts in this Parliament apart from those that have already been legislated for.”

But here’s what it says in today’s manifesto – buried on page 54

“We have no plans for further radical welfare reform in this parliament and will continue the roll-out of Universal Credit, to ensure that it always pays to be in work.”

See the difference?

4. Remember all those civil service jobs David Cameron moved to London? They’re moving out again

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5. The Commitment to halve the disability employment gap has been scrapped

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The 2015 manifesto promised to cut the difference in employment figures between disabled and non-disabled people in half.

That’s been replaced by a commitment to getting a million more disabled people into employment, which the Social Market Foundation say is “weaker”.

6. There might be a hard border with Northern Ireland after all

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Theresa May has previously insisted there would be “no return to the hard borders of the past” between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit .

But today’s document says they’re aiming for “as frictionless a border as possible.”

7. The Immigration health surcharge is going to TRIPLE

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Migrant workers who use the NHS are currently charged £200. That’s going up to £600.

International students still get a discount, but their charges are tripling too, from £150 to £450.

8. They’re going to ‘modernise’ the voting system by making it less fair

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The Tories love the First Past the Post (FPTP) system. It’s outdated, unfair and benefits them massively in elections.

So they’ve decided to ‘modernise’ the voting system by replacing the current Single Transferable Vote (STV) system used in mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections with FPTP.

Because voters can cast a ‘second choice’ vote in STV, it ensures vastly fewer votes are wasted. It also remove some of the advantages big parties get from FPTP. Which is why the Tories don’t like it.

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Why people vote Tory

Is this what Tory voters want?

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Doctors are preparing to move abroad

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Number of patients waiting to start treatment is increasing

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GP vacancy rate is increasing as existing doctors leave the NHS

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The chances of getting a hospital bed are decreasing

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Nurses are leaving the NHS

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Tories plan to cut a further £22 BILLION from our NHS

Since our NHS went into a state of Humanitarian Crisis it was forced to call in charity Red Cross.  The Tories deny there is a crisis and they won’t tell you their plan to cut a further £22 BILLION from the NHS.

We have a so-called health secretary who gladly offers his thanks to NHS staff but offers no real solution to the NHS Humanitarian Crisis as people die on hospital trolleys waiting to be seen by staff.

If you need more convincing that the Tories are the wrong people to govern our NHS have a look at how bad the situation is in your area with the NHS tracker.

For the first time you can find out just how bad the NHS humanitarian crisis is in your area simply by providing your postcode.  You’ll be provided with waiting list numbers and financial data for your area.   Find out the truth here with the NHS crisis tracker.

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‘Lack of money’ prompts care firms to end council contracts

Care firms have cancelled contracts with 95 UK councils, saying they cannot deliver services for the amount they are being paid, a BBC Panorama investigation has found. Government declined an interview.

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Critical care units ‘too full and understaffed’

Hospital departments that treat the most seriously ill patients are too full and seriously understaffed, a Welsh Government report has said.

Critical care units have been over capacity at periods of high demand.

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