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At-a-glance: Conservative manifesto

13 April 10 12:43 GMT

The Conservatives have launched the manifesto their supporters hope will return them to power after 13 years in opposition. Here are its key points:

IN A NUTSHELL

Sticking to the theme of "Big Society", rather than big government, the Conservatives call on the UK electorate to play a part in changing the country.

The manifesto encourages parents and charities to set up new academy schools, pledges to give people the power to veto council tax rises through local referendums, and promises communities the right to buy their local pub or post office.

Following the theme of encouraging local responsibility, it promises directly-elected police commissioners to hold forces to account.

Economic measures include the big early issue in the election campaign - the plan to reverse the government's proposed National Insurance rise - and promises to raise the inheritance tax threshold to £1m, freeze council tax for two years and to increase NHS spending in real terms every year.

We have annotated policies where they apply only for England, or for England and Wales

ON THE ECONOMY

Big difference from Labour:

That pledge to reverse Labour's planned rise in National Insurance that dominated the first week's campaigning.

ON SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES

The manifesto does not specify whether these policies apply across the UK or will be devolved.

Big difference from Labour:

No extensions to free nursery care, tax credits for families with toddlers or paid paternity leave, with the Tories instead focusing on improving school standards through parent power and better teaching.

ON HEALTH

As with education, the manifesto does not specify whether these policies apply across the UK or will be devolved.

Big difference from Labour:

Fundamental disagreement over social care for the elderly. The Conservatives prefer voluntary insurance schemes to Labour's National Care Service, funded by a compulsory levy

ON CRIME, JUSTICE AND IMMIGRATION

Big difference from Labour:

Disagreement over immigration, with the Conservatives supporting a points system but with an annual limit, while Labour prefer the points-based system with no cap.

ON POLITICAL REFORM

Big difference from Labour:

Action from both on lobbying but Labour aspire to an elected upper house and alternative voting methods, while the Tories want to cut the number of MPs and focus on their pay.

ON PERSONAL FINANCE

Big difference from Labour:

The Conservatives' pledge to raise the inheritance tax threshold, which Labour have frozen.

IN OTHER AREAS

Big difference from Labour:

On transport, both support high-speed rail - albeit in different formats - but the Conservatives have set themselves against airport expansion.

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