Paul Nuttall defends UKIP’s 2015 manifesto. What was in it?

Good luck winning working class votes with these policies


Quizzed about his past remarks backing a private NHS, newly elected UKIP leader Paul Nuttall cited his party’s 2015 general election manifesto as proof of his commitment to the NHS.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show yesterday, Nuttall said:

“I stood on a manifesto in 2015, a UKIP manifesto which I believe was the best manifesto out of any of the political parties … “

What was in that manifesto? The usual salad of Thatcherite reaction, including:

  • A tougher benefits cap
  • Scrapping inheritance tax
  • Grammar schools and free schools
  • Scrapping the Department for Climate Change
  • Tax cuts for the rich
  • Slashing foreign aid
  • Repealing human rights laws
  • No child benefit for ‘new claimant’ parents with two children

To call this ‘the best manifesto’ on offer in 2015 is ludicrous, as a glance at the Labour, Lib Dem and Green Party manifestos show.

Even the Tories had a better offer for working people, (thought their promise of an EU referendum qualifies this somewhat). Every UKIP policy would favour the rich and powerful against the poor and vulnerable. 

Does Nuttall really expect to win working class voters defending policies like this?

Adam Barnett is staff writer for Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twitter @AdamBarnett13 

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