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19 May 2017, 03:03 | Rodolfo Wallace
HALIFAX, England Prime Minister Theresa May rejected "untrammelled free markets" and promised to rein in corporate excesses in pre-election pledges on Thursday created to woo not only her core supporters but also those of her left-wing rivals.
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Her manifesto to tackle the "great challenges of our time" included pledges to increase NHS funding - but to make money by charging migrant workers and worldwide students more for healthcare - to hold a vote on repealing the fox-hunting ban and to "keep tax as low as possible".
"It is right that we want to bring net migration down to sustainable levels because of the impact uncontrolled migration has on people and public services..."
She said: "Margaret Thatcher was a Conservative, I am a Conservative, this is a Conservative manifesto", said the Prime Minister.
The blueprint also says spending on defense will be increased by at least 0.5 percent more than inflation every year, with a commitment to meet the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target of spending at least 2 percent of GDP on defense.
It also pledged to "increase the earnings threshold for people wishing to sponsor migrants for family visas" for those coming from outside the EU.
"We will provide seed funding for similar schemes to recruit older professionals from other sectors, including those returning to the workplace having care for children and relatives and those approaching retirement", the manifesto pledged.
Overseas students would remain in the immigration statistics but the manifesto sets out plans to heighten requirements for students hoping to remain in the country to work after their course has finished.
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Overseas students will remain in the immigration 55 statistics in line with worldwide definitions and within scope of the government's policy to reduce annual net migration.
The Conservative party's tough stance on immigration reaffirms a previous pledge to cut net migration to the tens of thousands.
Unveiling the party's 2017 plan for government, May confirmed the United Kingdom would leave the European single market and customs union and would impose immigration controls on EU citizens after Brexit.
The manifesto launch is seen as May's attempt to highlight issues beyond Brexit and incorporates major changes to the country's social care system as well as efforts to pump in an extra 4 billion pounds into the schools system by 2022.
Senior Conservatives are scrambling to downplay the prospect of post-election tax rises after Theresa May scrapped a promise not to raise income tax or national insurance.
The manifesto adds: 'We will continue to invest in roads to fix pinch points and open up opportunities for new housing and local growth'.
May, who became prime minister shortly after Britain voted to leave the European Union in June past year, had already indicated that she wanted to clamp down on excessive pay and foreign takeovers that led to job losses and threatened the rights of workers. There are promises to strengthen regulators and cap energy prices to ensure consumers aren't ripped off by utility firms.
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