Get out & Vote!
Wifaqul Ulama Public Affairs (Department)
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh (Peace, Blessings & Mercy of Allah be upon You).
This statement is being issued on the 21st of November 2019 and supersedes all previous statements on the subject.
Voting is a right which should be exercised by British Muslims to ensure that the best and the most capable are elected. It is particularly important for Muslims to vote and encourage other Muslims to vote in marginal constituencies. British Muslims should appreciate the efforts of MCB IN HIGHLIGHTING THE 31 MARGINAL SEATS where the Muslim (vote) can play a decisive role.
Candidates in my Area
Tactical voting is when any of the UK’s voters chooses to back a candidate they wouldn’t normally support. This is done in the hope of stopping another candidate winning.
The pledges are designed to truly reflect the diversity and interests of their 700 volunteers across the country and the vast number of Muslim communities which they represent. Each party is then scored against these pledges with the Labour party comfortably in lead in the league table:
❶ Labour: 27
❷ Liberal democrats: 19
❸ Green Party: 17
❹ Conservatives: 5
MCB compared Conservatives, Labour, and Liberal democrats and checked as to how they fared compared to the priorities & concerns of their members from Muslim communities across the UK.
These are the 31 marginal seats where Muslims can have a high or medium impact due to population demographics.
|Bedford||Colne Valley||Glasgow Central||Hendon||Reading East|
|Bolton North East||Crawley||Glasgow North East||Keighley||Richmond Park|
|Canterbury||Dewsbury||Glasgow South||Kensington||Southampton, Itchen|
|Chingford and Woodford Green||Dudley North||Glasgow South West||Pendle||Stoke-On-Trent South|
|Chipping Barnet||Enfield, Southgate||Halifax||Peterborough||Thurrock|
|Cities Of London and Westminster||Finchley and Golders Green||Harrow East||Putney||Watford|
Party Manifesto Comparison
The manifestos for Conservatives, Labour, SNP and Liberal democrats should be read in full. The analysis has been carried out by comparing the coverage from BBC, The Guardian and Sky News.
This section is evolving and more details will be added as they becomes available.
|Put the Withdrawal Agreement Bill back to parliament before Christmas and leave the EU in January; keep the UK out of the single market and customs union; negotiate trade agreements in 2020, with no extension beyond December 2020||Renegotiate deal ensuring close alignment to Single Market + workers’ rights, then legally binding referendum within 6 months offering choice between new deal and Remain; no-deal ruled out||At the end of the Brexit process, when the final terms of the deal are known, it is right that Scotland should have a choice about its future.||In the event of the Lib Dems winning the election, they will revoke article 50 and stay in the EU. In “other circumstances”, they will “fight” for a People’s Vote with the option of staying in the EU and would campaign to Remain|
|Hire 50,000 new nurses; 50 million extra GP appointments a year; 40 new hospitals; new diagnosis machines; 6,000 new GPs; 6,000 more physios and pharmacists; free hospital parking for vulnerable groups; increased NHS surcharge for non-UK residents||Increase spending by 4.3% a year; free annual dental check ups; end health access discrimination; extra £1.6bn on mental health services; £2bn to improve mental health facilities; £845m for child mental health; 3,500 new child counsellors; 4,500 new health visitors||SNP calls for the UK government to increase health spending in England to Scottish levels, which are 7% higher. The SNP would increase the NHS England budget by £11bn and deliver an extra £1bn in consequential funding for NHS Scotland over and above the £2bn SNP has committed to.||An extra £7bn a year by putting 1p on income tax to go to the NHS and social care; treat mental health with same urgency as physical health; end GP shortfall by 2025; extra £10bn in capital spending for facilities|
|No increases to income tax, National Insurance or VAT; raise NI threshold to £9,500 in 2020; keep 19% corporation tax; reduce business rates; increase small business employment allowance; stricter anti-tax avoidance and evasion measures||No tax rises for 95% of people; windfall tax on oil cos; raise tax for £80,000+ earners; freeze nat ins and income taxes for all others; reverse inheritance tax cut; corp tax to 26% in 2022; scrap Marriage Tax Allowance; 200% tax on second homes||The manifesto proposes an increase in the top rate of income tax from 45p to 50p on income over £150,000 across UK from 2018/19, the abolition of the married couple’s allowance, the cancellation of reductions in the bank levy and a new tax on bankers’ bonuses.||Restore corporation tax to 20%; abolish capital gains tax and tax all income together; replace business rates in England with Commercial Landowner Levy; toughen Digital Sales Tax; scrap Marriage Tax Allowance|
|80% of UK trade covered by free trade agreements within three years; 10 new freeports; retake WTO seat; support start-ups and small businesses via government procurement; clamp down on late payments to businesses; expand start-up loans||Nationalise Royal Mail, railways, buses, water and energy; new public fibre broadband service; £400bn “transformation” fund for schools, hospitals, houses, energy, transport, environment; Nat. Investment Bank; tackle “short-term greed”||Invest £130bn on transport, energy, schools, hospitals, homes, including £5bn Green Investment Bank to boost low carbon investment; ambition to increase R&D spend to 3% of GDP; create ‘start up’ allowance for new entrepreneurs|
|£30,000 starting salary for teachers; more free schools; expansion of alternative provision schools; more special educational needs places; investment in arts, music and sport; £3bn national skills fund; £2bn college estates upgrade||New Sure Start+; early years ed for all children; 150,000 more early years staff; class sizes 30 max; schools open 5 days; scrap KS1&2 SATs; replace OFSTED with new body; free meals for all at primary; abolish tuition fees; bring back maintenance grants; tax elite private schs||The SNP guarantees the continuation of free university education in Scotland, no grammar schools north of the border and to match Labour’s offer of 30 hours of free childcare for two- to four-year-olds by 2021. There is an extra £750m to improve standards in Scottish schools.||Free childcare for working parents from 9 months; reverse cuts to schools; 20,000 extra teachers; scrap mandatory SATs; replace league tables with broader indicators|
|Extra £1bn funding a year; no need to sell a home to pay for care; extend unpaid carers’ leave to a week; double dementia research funding; speed up treatment trials; £74m community care funding for learning disabilities and autism||End competitive tendering; National Care Service for England; free personal care ensuring older people have care needs met; cap old age care costs at £100,000||See NHS above but: join up NHS with the social care system; set up cross-party agreement to find long term sustainable solution to social care needs; improve standards of staff; guarantee of breaks for unpaid carers|
|Net-zero carbon emissions by 2050; £6.3bn for energy efficiency measures; plant 75,000 acres of trees a year; producers pay full cost of dealing with waste; ban plastic waste exports to non-OECD countries; deposit return scheme for plastic and glass||Net zero carbon within 2030s; link LSE listing to climate fight; 90% of electricity and 50% of heat renewable by 2030; upgrade 27m homes to top energy efficiency; 9,000 new wind turbines; 44,000 acres of solar coverage; trial tidal power||Zero carbon by 2045; 80% of UK electricity from renewables by 2030; 60 million trees planted a year; £12bn a year to support renewable energy; set firms climate targets; adopt ‘circular economy’ system to boost recycling/cut waste|
|More homes to local families via discounts; extend Help to Buy to 2023; ban sale of new leasehold homes; abolish no fault evictions; lifetime deposit for tenants; 300,000 new homes a year by mid-2020s; environmentally friendly homes||Create Dept for Housing & English Sovereign Land Trust to develop cheaper social housing; extra 150,000 social houses, inc 100,000 council homes a year; end right to buy; introduce rent controls; end rough sleeping in 5 yrs||Direct spending to help build 300,000 homes a year by 2024, including 100,000 social homes; insulate all homes by 2030; link stamp duty to energy efficiency; all new homes zero carbon by 2021; hike tax for second homes|
|£2bn to fill potholes; minimum service during strikes; £350m cycling infrastructure; £100bn extra on road/rail infrastructure; build Northern Powerhouse Rail; invest in Midlands Rail Hub; £28.8bn for local roads; £1bn for fast-charging network||Free bus travel for u‑25s; reinstate cut bus routes; invest in local roads; Crossrail for north; HS2 to Scotland; electrify whole UK; promote rail freight; use planning to promote walking and cycling; promote electric vehicles||Interim freezing of rail fairs; back new lines including HS2; ensure all new cars are electric by 2030; shift freight from road to rail; reform planning to boost cycling and walking; £4.5bn for more buses; pass Clean Air Act|
|Points-based system; NHS visa for health workers; recruit tech and science leaders; treat EU and non-EU citizens equally; EU citizens who were in UK before Brexit can stay; new arrivals only access benefits after five years and must contribute to NHS||Regulate labour market to stop undercutting through exploitation of migrants; scrap 2014 Immigration Act; end indefinite detention; educate people on migration and colonialism; negotiate Freedom of Movement if leaving EU||The SNP will continue to seek devolution of immigration powers so that Scotland can have an immigration policy that works for our economy and society. And we will stand firm against the demonisation of migrants||Save freedom of movement; scrap hostile environment for migrants; end indefinite detention; make work/student visas the role of Business and Education depts, not Home Office; invest to help Border Force tackle trafficking|
|10,000 more prison places; stop and search for known knife carriers; speed up knife crime court cases; tougher sentencing for worst offenders; toughen community sentences; online crime crackdown; pass Domestic Abuse Bill||Recruit 2,000 more frontline police than the Tories for neighbourhoods; boost prison officers to 2010 levels; target coercive control; review Prevent and Protect programmes||£1bn to restore community policing; ensure 2 new officers in every ward; public health approach to serious violence; £500m in youth services to help prevent crime; 2,000 more prison officers to improve training/education|
|At least 0.5% above-inflation NATO spending increase each year; modernise and invest in Armed Forces equipment and training; invest more in cybersecurity; set up Space Command; tackle “vexatious” legal claims against Armed Forces||Boost UN peacekeeping ops funding to £100m; commit to 2% GDP on defence spending; keep all Royal fleet shipbuilding in UK||Commit to NATO 2% target; keep nuclear deterrent while seeking multilateral disarmament; boost recruitment of tech specialists to armed forces; invest in combatting cyber arena attacks|
|SNP MPs in Westminster will vote against any further planned social security cuts, for an end to the freeze on working-age benefits and for abolition of the two-child cap on tax credits and the associated rape clause. The party would abolish the bedroom tax|
|SNP MPs will build a cross-party coalition to scrap Trident as quickly and safely as possible. We will vote for the billions other Westminster parties are committing to renewing Trident to be spent on our public services.|
|SNP MPs will vote for the abolition of the House of Lords.|