Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said 'abortion is wrong'

The Liberal Democrat manifesto will be launched much later today.

The offer being made by the Lib Dems is framed around its fears over what the Conservative Party could do should it retain power.

The question is whether the 48% of Remainers will continue with the resistance to Brexit by supporting the Lib Dems, or accept the result and back the other parties who are prepared to get on with the job of taking the United Kingdom out of the EU?

The party also promises to keep Britain in the European single market and continue freedom of movement, both of which have been ruled out by May.

While majoring on plans to fight hard Brexit, the Lib Dem manifesto also set out a package of more than £13 billion of tax rises to fund public services, including a penny on every income tax band and a rise to 20% for corporation tax.

The Liberal Democrat Party has pledged to pass a "Zero Waste Act" in its election manifesto, which includes legally binding targets for reducing net consumption of key natural resources, and introducing incentives for businesses to improve resource efficiency.

Mrs May said she was "very happy" to endorse Mr Hammond but stopped short of guaranteeing he would remain in Number 11 after the June 8 General Election.

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He said: "People in Europe are negotiating on the basis of getting a deal that they think is in the long-term interests of the EU".

Legalising cannabis, restricting junk food advertising to children, and suspending the use of bee-harming insecticides called neonicotinoids are also featured in the party's manifesto.

Housing benefit must be restored for 18-21 year olds else many people will end up on the streets, according to Liberal Democrat candidate Tom Brake.

As well as extra investment for schools and hospitals the Lib Dems are also committed to a £100bn infrastructure investment to help build 300,000 homes a year.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron told Hindustan Times: "It is ludicrous that we take in Indian students, train them, and then as soon as they are skilled and ready to work, the Conservatives boot them out of the country".

They include tripling the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) - which provides extra funding for early years settings for children from disadvantaged backgrounds - to £1,000 per pupil a year, up from £302 in 2015-16. We aim to cut waste, increase recovery, reuse and recycling and move towards the so-called "circular economy" in which resource use, waste and pollution are minimised and product lifetimes are extended.

  • Joey Payne