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Tory manifesto 'speaks well to Christians'

Thu 18 May 2017
By Marcus Jones

Theresa May's unveiled the Conservative Party manifesto and warned the next five years will be "among the most challenging of our lifetime".

She's promised a government which will tackle the "five giant challenges" facing Britain over the coming decade.

They include the economy, Brexit, social divisions, social care and technology.

Unveiling what she termed "my manifesto for Britain's future", Mrs May said it was: "A manifesto to see us through Brexit and beyond, a plan for a stronger, fairer, more prosperous Britain, a plan to seize the opportunities ahead and to build a country that our children and grandchildren are proud to call home."

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Talking about a post-Brexit UK, she said: "I believe we can and must take this opportunity to build a great meritocracy here in Britain," she said.

"It means making Britain a country where everyone of whatever background has the chance to go as far as their talent and their hard work will take them.

"It means making Britain a country that works not for the privileged few, but for everyone."

The manifesto also includes commitment to support Christian groups who are helping refugees as well as giving more freedom to faith schools on admissions policies.

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Speaking on Premier's News Hour, David Burrowes - a Christian who is standing for the Conservatives in Enfield Southgate suggested the manifesto would appeal to Christians.

He said: "We care very much about people being in work and that's a great way of tackling poverty.

"We've spoken of wanting to support people from any background with the talents they have and that speaks well to Christians.

"There's a also concern for the vulnerable. There's a particular emphasis on those who suffer from mental illness and a commitment to creating parity between physical and mental health."

Responding to the manifesto, Labour said it's just more promises the Tories can break while the Lib Dems claimed the proposals are bad news for both young and old people.

Listen to David Burrowes speaking to Premier's Marcus Jones:

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