British General Elections 2019

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

  1. Who is run­ning in my area?

Tactical Voting

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.

  1. Tac­ti­cal Vot­ing

MEND’s Policy Pledges & Score

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:

Labour: 27

Lib­er­al democ­rats: 19

Green Par­ty: 17

Con­ser­v­a­tives: 5

MCB Comparison of Election Manifestos

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.

MCB finds Muslim voters could swing 31 marginal seats

These are the 31 mar­gin­al seats where Mus­lims can have a high or medi­um impact due to pop­u­la­tion demo­graph­ics.

Bed­fordColne Val­leyGlas­gow Cen­tralHen­donRead­ing East
Bolton North EastCraw­leyGlas­gow North EastKeigh­leyRich­mond Park
Can­ter­buryDews­buryGlas­gow SouthKens­ing­tonSouthamp­ton, Itchen
Ching­ford and Wood­ford GreenDud­ley NorthGlas­gow South WestPen­dleStoke-On-Trent South
Chip­ping Bar­netEnfield, South­gateHal­i­faxPeter­bor­oughThur­rock
Cities Of Lon­don and West­min­sterFinch­ley and Gold­ers GreenHar­row EastPut­neyWat­ford
Wolver­hamp­ton

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.

Con­ser­v­a­tivesLabourSNPLib­er­al Democ­rats
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 2020Rene­go­ti­ate 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 outAt 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 res­i­dentsIncrease 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 vis­i­torsSNP 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 mea­suresNo 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 homesThe 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 upgradeNew 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 schsThe 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 autismEnd com­pet­i­tive ten­der­ing; Nation­al Care Ser­vice for Eng­land; free per­son­al care ensur­ing old­er peo­ple have care needs met; cap old age care costs at £100,000See 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 glassNet 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 pow­erZero 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 homesCre­ate 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 yrsDirect 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 net­workFree 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 vehi­clesInter­im 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 NHSReg­u­late 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 EUThe 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 migrantsSave 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 BillRecruit 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 ForcesBoost UN peace­keep­ing ops fund­ing to £100m; com­mit to 2% GDP on defence spend­ing; keep all Roy­al fleet ship­build­ing in UKCom­mit 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.