BORIS Johnson unveiled the sacred Ten Commandments he will honour if he wins the General Election next week.
Mr Johnson also vowed the Tories would, for the first time, introduce legislation to guarantee extra cash for the NHS. An NHS Long-term Funding
Bill will enshrine in law the party’s commitment to spend £33.9billion a year on the health service from 2023.
And he will prepare laws for when Britain finally takes back control of its borders.
His Ten Commandments came as:
- Labour's pledge to save ordinary households £6,750 a year were savaged by experts as “lies”;
- Jeremy Corbyn endured another TV humiliation as he was caught lying over whether he watches the Queen’s Christmas Day broadcast;
- The Labour leader was once again forced to apologise for anti-Semitism;
- His party was accused by the Tories of being soft on crime;
- Boris signalled he could ban Chinese mobile phone giant Huawei from building Britain’s 5G network;
- Four Brexit Party MEPs were poised to quit and urge voters to back the Tories.
Boris made an F1 pit stop on the campaign trail yesterday, posing with Red Bull Grand Prix cars as he promised to go full-throttle for Brexit, race ahead with tax cuts and pump cash into the NHS.
He donned mechanic’s overalls to try his hand at a tyre change, clocking 16.6 seconds — well short of the Red Bull record of 1.82 seconds.
But he quipped: “This whole country is stuck in the pits because of this blocked Parliament. What we need to do is change the wheel and get it back on track.”
The PM's sacred election pledges
- Drive Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament to get Brexit done by January 31
- February Budget to give £85 tax cut to 31m workers & to freeze fuel duty for 37m drivers
- New NHS Long-term Funding Act to legally guarantee extra £33.9bn a year by 2023
- Change the law to end automatic release of serious violent & sexual offenders at halfway point
- Introduce Australian- style points-based immigration system
- Extra funding to give schools at least £5k per secondary pupil and £4k per primary pupil
- Change the law to increase the amount migrants pay to use our NHS
- Cross-party talks to find long-term solution to social care crisis
- Strike deal with mobile phone operators to improve service in the countryside
- Biggest review of defence, security and foreign policy since end of the Cold War
Boris was invited to sit in one of cars at the team’s HQ in Milton Keynes, Bucks, but joked: “You would literally have to prise me out.”
Mr Johnson said he would introduce draft laws to end the automatic release of serious violent criminals and sex offenders — with separate legislation to toughen sentences.
And by the time the 100 days are up on March 22 he will have introduced rules to prevent our Armed Forces veterans being hounded by lawyers, and amended the Human Rights Act to protect troops from future legal claims.
He said laws for an Australian-style points-based immigration system would be unveiled along with increased funding to every school received at least £5,000 per secondary school pupil and £4,000 per primary pupil.
Other priorities include increasing the amount migrants pay to use the NHS, launching cross-party talks to find a long-term solution to solve the social care crisis, kick-starting plans to roll out gigabit-capable broadband across the UK and laying the foundations for a new national fishing strategy.
Mr Johnson contrasted his ambitious and detailed plan with Labour’s hopes of renegotiating a Brexit deal ahead of a second referendum. He warned:
“Nothing else will happen.”
Mr Johnson’s return to the campaigning follows a 36-hour break for the Nato summit held in Watford.
In a message to voters with just a week to go until polling day, Mr Johnson said : “This is the most important election in a generation — important because it will define if we go forward as a country or remain stuck, stalled, repeating the same arguments of the last three years with yet more damaging uncertainty.
“In just seven days time the British people will have to choose between a working majority government or yet another gridlocked hung Parliament. If there is a Conservative majority next week, we will get Brexit done by the end of January.
“And 2020 will then be the year we finally put behind us the arguments and uncertainty over Brexit.
“We will get Parliament working on the people’s priorities — delivering 50,000 more nurses and 20,000 more police, creating millions more GP appointments, and taking urgent action on the cost of living.
“But if the Conservatives don’t get a majority, then on Friday 13th we will have the nightmare of a hung Parliament with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime
Minister propped up by Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP.
“Next year will be Groundhog Day in Parliament with MPs arguing every day about the referendum and businesses and families left in limbo, unable to plan their futures.”
Meanwhile Chancellor Sajid Javid signalled there would be further tax cuts in subsequent Tory Budgets, telling the Spectator magazine: “Whenever we can cut tax and give people back more of their hard-earned cash, we will do that.”
He also vowed to take advantage of historically low interest rates to borrow for major infrastructure investment projects. In a candid interview, Mr Javid admitted the Tories should have cashed in on used those low interest rates to borrow and spend more in recent years.
He pledged to turn on the spending taps if the Tories win a majority — but he insisted the splurge would be abandoned if interest rates rise again.
The Chancellor said: “For a variety of factors, I think rates are going to remain low for a long time.
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“I have thought — long before becoming Chancellor — that this means something. It’s a signal to the Government that there is more that you can do to invest in the economy. I mean properly invest in economic infrastructure.
“To me, it just felt quite ludicrous seeing that a government could borrow at negative real interest rates and not take advantage of that.
“So it is something we could have done a few years ago. For whatever reason, we didn’t. But now we can look forward to doing this. And it will be transformative.”
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