Lib Dems pledge to ban diesel sales

Tim Farron has just written to Lib Dem members sending them a link to the Lib Dem manifesto

Tim Farron has just written to Lib Dem members sending them a link to the Lib Dem manifesto

Britain's Liberal Democrat Party, trailing significantly behind Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives and the opposition Labour party, vowed on Wednesday to hold a second referendum on a final Brexit deal if it wins next month election.

He said: "On the biggest question facing all of us, Brexit, which has such huge implications for our young people and our future, Corbyn ordered his MPs to stand down against Theresa May's government".

Announcing a diesel scrappage scheme, party leader Tim Farron said he wanted to launch a Green Transport Act and an Air Quality Plan to "reduce air pollution and protect United Kingdom citizens".

"I believed passionately that our children would have a brighter future if Britain remained in the European Union".

And in an appeal to voters to support the Lib Dems, he said: "Theresa May and Nigel Farage's cold, mean-spirited Britain is not the Britain I love".

"I think they have a very good vision for the country", said Andie Gbedemah, 24, who supports the social care pledge.

The Lib Dems would assemble a constitutional convention to "deliver home rule to each of the nations of a strong, federal United Kingdom".

The Lib Dems also say they will "strive to retain" the European Health Insurance Card, reduced mobile phone roaming charges and pet passports.

"On immigration, the manifesto pledges the party will make "the positive case" and "[reduce] hate crimes by targeting the people who commit them and making all hate crimes aggravated offences, allowing for harsher sentencing".

Conservatives would take the United Kingdom out of the single market and customs union as part of a Brexit deal. The Scottish Government says Police Scotland loses £35 million per year because of the rules on Value-Added Tax.

And Scotland would be connected to a high-speed rail network with approval for the HS2 and HS3 developments.

They are also pledging to slash the cost of bus passes for 16- to 21-year-olds by two thirds.

The manifesto also called for a scrapping of dividend tax relief.

For Labour, shadow chancellor Mr McDonnell was on the road as Mr Corbyn took a day off campaigning following the launch of the manifesto, which had promised the renationalisation of key industries and huge increases in spending on public services, paid for by tax hikes on the rich and corporations.

"The Liberal Democrats can not be trusted to stand up to the Tories - and as we know their manifesto pledges are not worth the paper they're written on". The Conservative and Lib Dem coalition government introduced both programmes during its time in office.

In line with most other political parties, the Lib Dems want to promote longer tenancies of three years or more with an inflation-linked annual rent increase.