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Tories can't be trusted on any spending commitment

April 11, 2015 9:27 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

As the Conservatives announce yet another unfunded spending commitment in this election campaign, on thing has become crystal clear: the Tories are trying to pull the wool over people's eyes when it comes to funding public services.

Mock Conservative Poster featuring David Cameron The latest so-called "commitment" to give extra funding to the NHS has been widely criticised as the Conservatives simply won't spell out how they are going to pay for it. As Nick Clegg said, "the NHS doesn't need warm words, it needs hard cash".

By contrast the Liberal Democrats have been clear that our extra £8bn for the NHS will come from restricting some tax reliefs.

The Tories NHS funding "pledge" is just the latest in a long line of cutting and spending policies that they have refused to give any details on.

It's ever more clear that the Conservative ideological obsession with cutting the size of the state means they cannot afford their spending commitment on the NHS without further unnecessary cuts to unprotected government departments.

Until the Tories come up with a credible spending plan, the Liberal Democrats remain the only party to have made an honest commitment to give the NHS the money it needs.