Conservative Leadership Contenders' Policies

BREXIT

BORIS JOHNSON

  • Vows to leave the EU by the 31 October deadline "come what may", but claims the chance of a no-deal Brexit is a "million to one".
  • Wants to negotiate a new deal, which will include replacing the Irish backstop with alternative arrangements.
  • Will not hand over the £39bn divorce settlement with the EU until the UK gets a new deal.
  • If a new deal is not agreed, will ask the EU for a "standstill period" to negotiate a free trade deal.
  • Argues a provision under GATT 24, could be used for the UK to avoid tariffs for the next 10 years, but admits it would need EU sign off.
  • Promises to support the rural community in a no-deal Brexit scenario with "price support" and "efficiency payments".

JEREMY HUNT

  • Wants to leave with a deal, but says he would back a no-deal Brexit with "a heavy heart" if necessary.
  • Will create a new negotiating team to produce an "alternative exit deal" to Theresa May’s plan, and engage with EU leaders over August.
  • Will present a provisional no-deal Brexit budget in early September and decide by the end of the month if there is a "realistic chance" of a new deal.
  • If not, will abandon talks and focus on no deal preparations.
  • Pledges to cover the cost of tariffs imposed on the exports of the farming and fishing industries in the case of a no-deal Brexit

IMMIGRATION

BORIS JOHNSON

  • Opposes the net migration target of under 100,000 a year.
  • Wants a new Australian-style points-based system; factors such as whether an immigrant has a firm job offer & an ability to speak English.
  • Will get Migration Advisory Committee to examine the plan.
  • Wants to block the ability for immigrants to claim benefits immediately after they arrive in the UK.

JEREMY HUNT

  • Pledges to scrap the target to reduce net migration to below 100,000.
  • Calls for flexibility on immigration, saying skilled workers should be prioritised.
  • Wants to review policy of stopping migrants with less than £30,000 coming to the UK to work.

TAX

BORIS JOHNSON

  • Pledges to raise the tax threshold for the higher rate to £80,000 (rather than the current £50,000).
  • Wants to raise the point at which workers start paying income tax

JEREMY HUNT

  • As an entrepreneur, he wants to turn Britain into "the next Silicon Valley... a hub of innovation".
  • Wants to cut corporation tax from 19% to 12.5%.
  • Wants to raise the point at which workers start paying National Insurance to at least £12,000 a year.
  • Pledges to scrap business rates for 90% of high street shops.
  • Will increase the tax-free annual investment allowance from £1m to £5m.

SPENDING

BORIS JOHNSON

  • Pledges more money for public sector workers and wants to increase the National Living Wage.
  • Will “find the money” to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers.
  • Promises to maintain spending 0.7% of GDP on Foreign Aid.
  • Wants to review the HS2 train project.
  • Pledges full fibre broadband in every home by 2025.

JEREMY HUNT

  • Wants to increase defence spending by £15bn over the next five years.
  • Promises to keep free TV licences for the over-75s.
  • Wants to build 1.5 million homes and create a “right to own” scheme for young people.
  • Backs both HS2 and a third runway at Heathrow.

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

BORIS JOHNSON

  • Says more should be spent on social care, according to a cross-party "national consensus".
  • Rules out a pay-for-access NHS, saying it would remain "free to everybody at the point of use" under his leadership.
  • Has previously said money spent on the EU could be put into the NHS.
  • Plans to give public sector workers a "fair" pay rise, according to supporter Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

JEREMY HUNT

  • Promises more funding for social care.
  • Wants to introduce an opt out insurance system to fund future care, similar to the way pensions work.
  • Wants to target manufacturers of unhealthy foods to make them cut the sugar content.
  • Mental health support to be offered in every school and a crackdown on social media companies that fail to regulate their content.

EDUCATION

BORIS JOHNSON

  • Wants to raise per-pupil spending in primary and secondary schools, with a minimum of £5,000 for each student in the latter.
  • Wants to look at lowering the interest rate on student debts.

JEREMY HUNT

  • Long-term plan to provide more funding for the teaching profession.
  • Pledges to write off tuition fees for young entrepreneurs who start a new business and employ more than 10 people for five years.
  • Wants to reduce interest rates on student debt repayments.
  • Wants to abolish illiteracy.