Johnson vows to re-unite Britain as he sets out Tory election manifesto

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Boris Johnson pledged to "get Brexit done" and re-unite the country as he launched the Tory General Election manifesto.

Speaking at an event in Telford, the Prime Minister promised a programme of investment for the NHS and the police while freezing key tax rates.

He sought to characterise the election contest as a battle between "retrograde destructive socialism" under Labour and "sensible one nation Conservatism" under the Tories.

"In this manifesto there is a vision for the future in which we unite our country," he said.

"It is time to unleash the potential of our country and forge a new Britain."

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The manifesto includes:

– A "triple tax lock" with no increases in income tax, national insurance and VAT for five years

– An additional 20,000 police officers and 50,000 extra nurses with the return of nurse bursaries, which were scrapped by the Tories in 2016

– £1 billion of additional funding for social care in every year of the next Parliament

– A new deal for towns, cutting taxes for small high street retailers and installing more CCTV

– An Australian-style points based system to control immigration after Britain has left the EU

– A pledge to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050

– A £1 billion boost for "wraparound" childcare after school time and during the holidays

– Maintaining the pensions triple lock, winter fuel payment and the older person's bus pass

– £2 billion for the "biggest ever" pothole repair programme as part of the national infrastructure strategy

– Scrapping NHS hospital car parking charges for staff working night shifts, the disabled and the terminally ill and their families.

The manifesto document contained few surprises with most of the main policies trailed in advance.

Mr Johnson poured scorn on Jeremy Corbyn's plans for a second EU referendum in which he would remain neutral.

He said that if he was returned to No 10 he would take Britain out the European Union within a "few weeks".

"Get Brexit done and we can focus our hearts and our minds on the priorities of the British people," he said

"We will invest millions more every week in science, in schools, in apprenticeships and in infrastructure, and control our debt at the same time ."