Lib­eral Democrats

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Ex­pand hy­per­fast, fi­bre-op­tic broad­band con­nec­tion to ev­ery house in the UK with an un­lim­ited us­age cap by 2022

Re­fo­cus sup­port for farm­ing to­wards pro­duc­ing healthy food and pub­lic ben­e­fits In­crease ac­ces­si­ble green space; new na­tional na­ture parks Es­tab­lish a ‘blue belt’ of pro­tected marine ar­eas Plant a tree for ev­ery UK cit­i­zen over the next 10 years and pro­tect re­main­ing an­cient wood­lands In­crease the pow­ers of the Gro­ceries Code Ad­ju­di­ca­tor Set up £2 bil­lion Ru­ral Ser­vices Fund and pre­vent post-of­fice clo­sures Es­tab­lish a £2 bil­lion flood-pre­ven­tion fund

An­i­mals and wildlife

Sus­pend neon­i­coti­noids un­til proven they don’t harm pol­li­na­tors Stronger penal­ties for animal-cru­elty of­fences Clamp down on il­le­gal pet im­ports and min­imise the use of an­i­mals in sci­en­tific ex­per­i­men­ta­tion Up­date farm-animal wel­fare codes and pro­mote the re­spon­si­ble ste­ward­ship of an­tibi­otic drugs De­velop ‘hu­mane and ev­i­dence-based ways of con­trol­ling bovine TB’

Trans­port

In­vest in road and rail in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing a con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to HS2, Cross­rail 2 and rail elec­tri­fi­ca­tion Gov­ern­ment-run com­pa­nies to tem­po­rar­ily take over South­ern Rail and Govia Thames­link; com­plete rail link be­tween Ox­ford and Cam­bridge De­velop strate­gic air­ports pol­icy for the whole of the UK; no ex­pan­sion of Heathrow, Stansted or Gatwick Diesel scrap­page scheme and ban on sale of diesel cars and small vans in the UK by 2025 Ex­tend ul­tra-low-emis­sion zones to 10 more towns and cities Pro­vide lo­cal author­i­ties and com­mu­ni­ties with the pow­ers to im­prove trans­port and tick­et­ing

En­ergy and re­new­ables

Ad­di­tional fund­ing for re­new­ables in­clud­ing so­lar PV and on­shore wind, plus smart grid tech­nol­ogy, hy­dro­gen tech­nolo­gies, off­shore wind and tidal power Sup­port use of nu­clear power Ban frack­ing

Hous­ing and plan­ning

£5 bil­lion of ini­tial cap­i­tal for a new Bri­tish Hous­ing and In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Bank New di­rect spend­ing on house­build­ing to help build 300,000 homes a year by 2022; build at least 10 new gar­den cities in Eng­land Four mil­lion prop­er­ties to re­ceive in­su­la­tion retrofits by 2022 En­force house­build­ing on un­wanted pub­lic-sec­tor land

Small busi­nesses

Cre­ate a new ‘start-up al­lowance’; sup­port fast-grow­ing busi­nesses seek­ing to scale up through the pro­vi­sion of men­tor­ing sup­port Re­view busi­ness rates to re­duce bur­dens on small firms

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