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Tory members rank twenty election-winning policies

Respondents were asked to “Please put this list of twenty ideas in order of importance for winning the next election”.


Number 1: Stricter control of immigration, especially from Bulgaria and Romania

2: Lower taxes on the businesses that will create tomorrow’s jobs and wealth

3: Cuts in petrol tax and elimination of expensive subsidies of renewable energy

4: Lower taxes on the low-paid and those families struggling to pay their bills

5: Replacement of European human rights laws with a British Bill of Rights

6: A clear, compelling plan to restore British competitiveness over the next decade

7: Legislation in this parliament for an In/Out referendum that would guarantee a referendum in the next

8: Holding an EU referendum on same day as the next General Election

9: A shift of money from the aid budget to the defence budget

10: A housebuilding programme to revive the economy, create jobs and help first-time buyers


11: An agenda for England that would include no unfair subsidies for the rest of the UK and a guarantee that laws that only affect England are decided by MPs from English constituencies

12: A pro-family programme including a married couples' allowance and support for relationship counselling and education charities

13: More money and resources for the NHS frontline, less for bureaucracy

14: Continued protection of all pensioners’ benefits

15: A new consumer rights agenda that will help customers of banks, energy companies and train operators to get fair, transparent and honest service.

16: Policies to reduce the cost of childcare

17: Withdraw all troops from foreign wars, including Afghanistan

18: Higher pay for good teachers and retraining or dismissal for under-performing teachers

19: Scrap the High-Speed 2 rail project

20: A religious liberty bill that would protect the core freedoms of churches and other places of worship, faith schools and individual believers.

1,844 took part in the survey.


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