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Tuesday, 15 May, 2001, 08:47 GMT

Lib Dem manifesto: At-a-glance

The key points of the 2001 Liberal Democrat election manifesto.


  • 27,500 nurses and midwives and 4,600 doctors to be recruited by 2005
  • 10,000 more hospital beds to be created by the same time
  • Nurses' annual pay to rise by an average 1,000 - those on lower salaries will get more
  • Free NHS dental and eye checks to be restored for all adults
  • A new Pharmaceuticals Agency to keep down the health service drugs bill
  • New screening equipment to allow same day diagnosis and treatment
  • Doctors to test for diseases such as HIV, Aids and TB at their surgeries
  • All patients needing surgery or an appointment with a consultant to be given a firm date as soon as they are diagnosed
  • The party costs this at 3bn a year, and estimates that its Pharmaceuticals Agency will save around a 1bn a year


  • Cut average primary school classes to 25 by recruiting 12,500 new primary school teachers.
  • Hire 5,000 new secondary school teachers
  • Abolish university tuition fees
  • Cut bureaucracy and red tape for teachers
  • The party costs this at 3.5bn a year


  • Single pensioner's basic pension up 5, by 10 for those over 75, and 15 for the over-80s.
  • Couples up 8, 18 and 28, as above
  • The party costs this at 2.9bn a year


  • A penny on the basic rate of income tax to fund 3.5bn education programme
  • 50% top rate of tax on earnings over 100,000, generating 4.6bn
  • Changes to Capital Gains Tax, to raise 2bn


  • Police numbers up 6,000 on last year, 2,000 more than Labour plans
  • Part-time community officers to rise by 2,000 on last year
  • Additional retention and recruitment measures
  • Recruit traffic wardens, park-keepers and others to work with police in a Community Safety Force, co-ordinated by local authorities
  • More police units to tackle so-called 'hate crime'
  • Extended prison education programme
  • Royal Commission on Drugs
  • Victims able to make personal post-conviction, pre-sentence statement to courts
  • The party cost this at 250m annually


  • Free off-peak local travel for pensioners and the severely disabled
  • Half price travel for students under 19 at all times
  • Local authorities allowed to raise bonds to finance public transport projects
  • Workplace and out of town shopping centre parking charges to cut congestion
  • Abolish vehicle tax for small cars and motorbikes
  • The party costs this at 500m annually

    The constitution

  • Proportional representation for Westminster
  • Devolve more power to the nations and regions
  • Fast track applications for asylum-seekers held in detention centres
  • End discrimination in the immigration and asylum system.


  • Enlargement and reform of the European Union
  • A charter setting a limit to the EU's power
    Power shift from commissioners to members of the European Parliament.
  • Hold a referendum on joining the single European currency when conditions are right


  • A moratorium on use of depleted uranium weapons
  • Boycott the United States' NMD "Son of Star Wars" missile defence system

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