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banner Thursday, 5 October, 2000, 15:05 GMT 16:05 UK
Hague speech: main points

These are the key policies outlined by Conservative leader William Hague at the party conference in Bournemouth:

  • Three pence off fuel duties

  • A restoration of the married couple's tax allowance

  • Giving some money direct to schools instead of through local education authorities

  • Matching Labour "penny for penny" on health spending

  • Getting rid of Labour's "dogmatic" opposition to private health care

  • Increasing police numbers

  • Stepping up "the war against drugs" with a zero tolerance policy

  • Attempting to rejuvenate inner cities by bulldozing the worst tower blocks

  • A commitment at the next election to keep the pound for the life of the Parliament

  • Increasing pensions by up to 10 a week by scrapping special payments like the winter fuel allowance

  • Supporting the rural way of life

  • Reducing the number of ministers, cutting the size of the House of Commons and halving the number of special advisers

  • Halting the "march of political correctness" in government, local councils and schools.
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