What you need to know about the Conservative Party for the general election on December 12

The Conservative Party, also known as the Tory Party, is one of the two major largest parties in the UK.

It has been in Government since 2010, first as the larger party in a Coalition (with the Liberal Democrats as the smaller party) and then on its own.

Here is what you need to know ahead of the general election on December 12.

Who is the Conservative Party leader?

The The Conservative Party leader is Boris Johnson.

How many seats did the Conservatives win at the last election?

Conservatives won 317 seats in the last general election, which was in 2017. Here are the 2017 election results for the North East.

What are the Conservative policies?

Policies set out in the Conservative manifesto include:

Brexit

Resume the process of getting Parliamentary approval for a Brexit deal before Christmas, and leave the EU in January.

Negotiate a trade agreement with the EU next year and legislate to ensure high standards of workers' rights, environmental protection and consumer rights

NHS

Increase NHS funding by 29% by 2023. That will eventually come to £650m per week

Build and fund 40 new hospitals over the next 10 years

Provide 50,000 more nurses, with students receiving a £5,000-£8,000 annual maintenance grant (not loan) every year to help with their cost of living

Recruit 6,000 more doctors in general practice and 6,000 more primary care professionals

Treat mental health with the same urgency as physical health

Social care

£1 billion extra of funding every year for more social care staff and better infrastructure, technology and facilities

Find a way to change the way social care is funded so that nobody is forced to sell their home. However, the manifesto does not explain how this will be done, saying instead that a Conservative government "will commit to urgently seek a cross-party consensus" to draw up plans

Schools

An extra £14 billion in funding for schools . That translates to £150m a week, and will include at least £5,000 a year for each secondary school pupil and at least £4,000 for each primary school pupil

Raising teachers' starting salaries to £30,000

Tax

No increase to the rates of income tax, National Insurance or VAT

Raise the National Insurance threshold to £9,500 next year with a long-term goal to increase this to £12,500. This would save people £500 per year

Childcare

Establish a £1 billion fund to create more high quality, affordable childcare, including before and after school and during the school holidays

Crime

Continue recruiting 20,000 new police officers nationwide

A new court order will make it easier for officers to stop and search those convicted of knife crime. Anyone charged with knife possession will appear before magistrates within days not weeks

Tougher sentencing for the worst offenders and an end to automatic halfway release from prison for serious crimes

Add 10,000 more prison places

Immigration

Introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system, which the Government says will decide who comes to this country on the basis of the skills they have and the contribution they can make - not where they come from

A new NHS Visa will make it easier for qualified doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to work for the NHS in the UK

Backing towns and cities

A "Towns Fund" will go to an initial 100 towns to improve their local economy

Cut taxes for small retail businesses and for local music venues, pubs and cinemas

Invest £500m in new youth clubs and services

Spend £350m on "cultural capital" such as local libraries and regional museums

Establish a £150m Community Ownership Fund to encourage local takeovers of civic organisations or community assets that are under threat such as football clubs, pubs or post offices

Invest £100 billion in additional infrastructure spending - on roads, rail and other infrastructure

Transport

Build Northern Powerhouse Rail between Leeds and Manchester and then focus on Liverpool, Tees Valley, Hull, Sheffield and Newcastle

Build the Midlands Rail Hub, strengthening rail links including those between Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham, Coventry, Derby, Hereford and Worcester

Give metro mayors control over rail services in their areas

Spend £28.8 billion improving roads

Consider the findings of a reivew into HS2. In other words, no decision on whether to proceed with this will be made before the election

Create "superbus" networks with lower fares, and invest in electric buses

The biggest ever pothole-filling programme

Bring full fibre and gigabit-capable broadband to every home

"Through bodies like the Northern Powerhouse, Western Gateway and Midlands Engine we will drive greater levels of foreign investment into the UK, promoting our towns, cities and counties around the world."

Housing

Encourage banks to offer long-term fixed rate mortgages which slash the cost of deposits, opening up a secure path to home ownership for first-time buyers

End rough sleeping by the end of the next Parliament by expanding successful pilots and programmes such as the Rough Sleeping Initiative and Housing First, and working to bring together local services to meet the health and housing needs of people sleeping on the streets.

Business

Reduce business rates for retail businesses, as well as extending the discount to grassroots music venues, small cinemas and pubs

In the long term, reform business rates entirely

Create a new National Skills Fund worth £3 billion over the next Parliament

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