Party Leader William Hague launched the Conservatives election manifesto in London, calling it “the most ambitious Conservative manifesto for a generation.”

Titled “Common Sense”, and containing several photos of William Hague, the 28 page manifesto pledges to abolish hospital waiting lists targets and taxes on private health care. They also promise to create £8bn worth of tax cuts, including a 6p per litre reduction in petrol tax.

On education, they outline plans to create “free schools” by giving headteachers and governors complete responsibility for their own school. An increase in police numbers, and a boost to over 75’s pension by £4 a week is also included.

The party failed to make a breakthrough in the polls, and resulted in William Hague’s resignation. Ian Duncan Smith was named as the new party leader on 13th September 2011.

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