by Stephen Tall on October 21, 2014
Ryan Coetzee, recently appointed the Lib Dems’ General Election Director of Strategy, was snapped today clutching papers which look like they might reveal the party’s top four priorities for the 2015 manifesto.
Ryan Coetzee leaving Lib Dem Political meeting before Cabinet this morning seemed to be showing me there future plans pic.twitter.com/TReplSoKwn
— Political Pictures (@PoliticalPics) October 21, 2014
The four priorities read:
Balance the budget
Balance the budget by 2018, protecting the economic recovery and bringing down Britain’s debt.
Cut income tax
Cut income tax by £400 for low and middle earners, paid for by taxes on the rich.
Protect mental health
Guarantee equal care and waiting times for mental health as for physical health, by increasing spending on the NHS.
Ensure every child is taught by a qualified teacher and protec spending on nurseries, schools and colleges.
The accidental leak triggered much interest from journalists, more probably than if it had been emailed to them…
I for one am devastated that the media are going to spend the next cycle talking about the Lib Dems top 4 priorities for government 2015
— Martin Shapland (@MShapland) October 21, 2014
* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and editor of the 2013 publication, The Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the Decade Ahead. He is also a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum and writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.