WATCH: Lib Dem manifesto launch

In case you missed it, here is all the fun of the manifesto launch.  The text of Ed’s highly personal speech about his experience of caring for both his mum and his son is below.

“I am so proud that the Liberal Democrats have put health and care at the heart of our campaign in this general election – and at the heart of our manifesto. There is no doubt that both the NHS and care are in crisis.

“People are waiting hours in pain for an ambulance to arrive, or weeks to see a GP or an NHS dentist – if they can even find one.

“Tens of thousands of cancer patients are waiting months to start urgent treatment. Months, when every day could make all the difference.

“Hospital roofs are literally crumbling, and the Conservatives have broken their promise to build 40 new ones.

“And talk to anyone in the NHS, and they will tell you: a major cause of the crisis in our health service is the crisis in social care.

“Right now, there are thousands of people stuck in hospital beds: well enough to be discharged, but unable to leave, because the care they need – at home or in a care home – simply isn’t there.

“After years of Conservative chaos and neglect, the scale of the challenge is enormous.

“Our manifesto doesn’t shy away from it.

“We are putting forward a bold, ambitious and fully-costed plan to tackle the health and care crisis from top to bottom.

“Liberal Democrat candidates across the country are ready and able to work tirelessly to achieve it.

“So every vote for the Liberal Democrats at this election is a vote to elect a strong local champion who will fight every day for the NHS and care.”

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  • David Blake 10th Jun '24 - 3:59pm

    Can someone please arrange for the video to be edited so that it doesn’t begin nearly an hour from the start? I’d also be interested to know why the background colour on the stage is red and why the posters held by the audience phase from red on the left to orange on the right.

  • Ruth Bright 10th Jun '24 - 6:39pm

    Q and A was outstanding

  • Annoying that the BBC website is constantly savaging us in its coverage by alleging it’s not clear how we’d pay for most of it. Even though the manifesto has been posted. Admittedly we’ve not done ourselves any favours by writing some of it so vaguely so as to be meaningless, (eg on capital gains tax), but the BBC hasn’t even cited this as the reason for they’re accusations.

  • Stephanie Stewart 11th Jun '24 - 7:58am

    Can you mention the need to graduate more doctors and nurses? We turn away qualified applicants and they go abroad to study, never returning to the UK. Open more universities perhaps.

  • On education – did anyone in England talk to any Scottish teachers about the proposals? Essentially, what is proposed mirrors what happened in Scotland…..

  • David Allen 11th Jun '24 - 1:32pm

    This campaign has got better. The stunts have become less dominant and real policy proposals have been better promoted.

    Costings are a problem. The Lib Dem costings are more honest than Labour or the Tories, but not honest enough to get approval from the IFS or the BBC. That risks being the worst of all worlds in terms of popular appeal. Might it be worthwhile to come down a bit more clearly on the “we’re honest” side of the fence?

  • David Blake 11th Jun '24 - 1:45pm

    The costings document is described as a summary. Is there a more detailed document?

  • @ David LG “Annoying that the BBC website is constantly savaging us in its coverage by alleging it’s not clear how we’d pay for most of it”.

    “Savaging us” is a bit over the top and out of proportion, David.

    As a former Cabinet Member for Social Care (Lib Dem) I know a bit about this and would simply point out there are plenty of independent well informed organisations who would echo the BBC.

    The Independent Newspaper for example, “the Nuffield Trust said while it welcomed the party having dedicated a chapter in the manifesto to the adult social care system, the proposed funding appears to fall short.

    Its chief executive Thea Stein said: ‘The measures in the Liberal Democrat party manifesto outlined today are ambitious and show that in some important areas the party has taken good calls on difficult issues about what to prioritise”.

  • Peter Davies 11th Jun '24 - 2:42pm

    @DavidLG The reason that they give is that we based our plans relative to the current government plans. Our costings work if we implement the plan gradually over five years (like the Tory plan) but not if we do everything on day one. In the unlikely event that we win the election while only targeting about 100 seats, it’s even less likely that we could implement our manifesto on day one.

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