UK's Conservatives to support shale energy, cap household energy tariffs

Instead, the much-anticipated Conservative Party manifesto for the 2017 General Election contains a general pledge to work with worldwide organisations to protect endangered species and the marine environment.

Net migration, the difference between people coming to the United Kingdom for more than a year and those leaving, stood at 273,000 in the year to last September.

After Britain leaves the European Union - by 2019 at the soonest - the country will have more power to limit those moving to the country.

"In a global race for talent and innovation, United Kingdom firms risk being left in the starting blocks because of a blunt approach to immigration", said Carolyn Fairbairn, director of employers' group the Confederation of British Industry.

The manifesto, however, makes clear that May would enter negotiations with a "spirit of honest co-operation", with the aim of striking a favorable deal for Britain. The amount Britain will be asked to pay is expected to be one of the first flashpoints in the exit talks.

The manifesto also says the amount of money people can earn before paying any income tax will raise to 12,500 pounds (16,300 US dollars) and corporation tax paid by businesses will fall to 17 percent by 2020.

While the Liberal Democrat manifesto featured a raft of policy proposals revolving around waste, resources and the move towards a circular economy (including a Zero-Waste Act, food waste and recycling targets and more waste disposal taxes), the Conservative plan explicitly mentions the environment only a few times.

"The negotiations will undoubtedly be tough, and there will be give and take on both sides, but we continue to believe that no deal is better than a bad deal for the United Kingdom", the manifesto reads.

The Conservative manifesto, titled "Forward, Together", junks much of David Cameron's platform including the triple-lock mechanism for guaranteeing a rise in the state pension and the tax lock preventing any rise in VAT, national insurance or income tax.

There are promises to spend at least 8 billion pounds ($10.4 billion) more on health care by 2022, put more money into education and tackle the growing cost of elderly care, which risks becoming a social and fiscal crisis as the population ages.

The manifesto also moots a review of the cost of energy; support for shale gas and more money for communities where fracking goes ahead; bringing fuel poor homes up to band C energy efficiency standards by 2030; and another look at energy efficiency standards for new build properties.

May is often compared to Britain's only other female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, who transformed the country with pro-market policies that came to be dubbed "Thatcherism". However, May's political philosophy appears strikingly different. While Thatcher mistrusted the state, May's election manifesto says that "government can and should be a force for good", and outlines a more interventionist role in business and industrial strategy.

Focusing on corporate pay, she said: "We believe people should be rewarded for their talents and efforts, but the public is rightly affronted by the remuneration of some corporate leaders".

May rejected suggestions there is a distinctive vision that could be labeled "Mayism".

"We do not seek to be half-in, half-out", she said, referring to a "clear choice" made in last year's referendum in favour of Brexit.

"If we fail, the consequences for Britain and for the economic security of ordinary working people will be dire".