Key Nottinghamshire general election pledges in manifestos - from miners' pensions to HS2

The headstocks and powerhouse at the site of the former Clipstone Colliery in Clipstone, pictured against sunset
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Ending the pensions injustice for ex-miners and reviewing the cancellation of HS2's northern leg are among the pledges made in the major party manifestos that would affect people across Nottinghamshire. Ahead of the general election on July 4, all the major parties have been publishing their manifestos over the last few weeks.

The manifestos are a series of policies that each party says they would introduce if they form the next government. Most of the policies are broad-brush pledges that affect people across the UK - but many of the pledges would have a more direct impact on people in Nottinghamshire.

Other pledges include upgrading the train line between Nottingham and Newark and solving the funding crisis facing effectively bankrupt authorities like Nottingham City Council. Below are the key Nottinghamshire points from the Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green Party manifestos.

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Labour Party

  • Labour would require all combined county authorities, such as the East Midlands Combined County Authority led by Claire Ward, to produce a strategic plan for new housing in their areas. To aid this, combined authorities would be given new planning powers and greater flexibility in how they use grant funding.

  • With Nottingham City Council effectively declaring bankruptcy last year, Labour says it would resolve the funding crisis facing local councils by offering them multi-year funding settlements. This would mean councils such as Nottingham would know how much Government money they would get for a number of years, rather than the current 12 months.

  • Labour says it would end the injustice facing members of the mineworkers' pension scheme - an issue which many former Nottinghamshire miners have campaigned on. Issues surrounding the pension pot arose after it was privatised in 1994, with the Government establishing an arrangement where it would split surplus money 50:50 with the mineworkers. Miners were told that no more than £2 billion was needed to help shore up the pot for the future, but successive governments have received over £4 billion in cash payments so far. Labour says it would review these surplus arrangements.

  • With forces including Nottinghamshire Police having been put into special measures, Labour says it would give the official watchdog new powers to "intervene with failing forces."

  • The Nottingham University Hospitals Trust remains the subject of a review by Donna Ockenden into its maternity services - the largest review of its kind in history. Labour says hospital trusts failing on maternity care would be "robustly supported into rapid improvement", with the party pledging to train thousands more midwives.

Conservative Party

A Nottingham City Transport bus
Claire Ward, the newly elected mayor of the East Midlands Combined County Authority pictured at Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire
  • The Conservative Party has pledged to invest £4.7 billion into smaller cities, towns and rural areas across the North and Midlands to spend on their transport priorities. Particular areas of focus for this funding would be cutting congestion and upgrading bus and train stations.

  • The party has pledged to upgrade the train line between Newark and Nottingham, saying this would halve the journey times between Nottingham and Leeds. This policy has caused some confusion given the different train lines involved.

  • Family Hubs already exist across Nottinghamshire, including in Broxtowe and Hyson Green. The Conservative Party says it would ensure that every local authority in England would have a family hub - with the services supporting families until children reach adulthood.

  • The manifesto says increased powers will be given to all areas in England with a devolution deal and directly elected leader, such as in the East Midlands with Claire Ward.

  • The party also says it would extend the £2 bus fare cap in England, a programme that operators including NCT and trentbarton have participated in. This extension would last for the entirety of the next Parliament, although the operators of Nottingham's tram network have previously criticised the cap for creating an "uneven playing field" between buses and trams.

Liberal Democrats

Gary Godden, the new Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner
A Nottingham City Transport bus -Credit:NCT
  • Despite the party having stood a candidate in the recent election for a Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, won by Labour, the Liberal Democrats say they would scrap these roles and replace them with local police boards. These boards would be made up of councillors and representatives from local groups.

  • A key issue Nottingham City Council has raised in terms of the availability of social housing in the area is the Right to Buy scheme. The Liberal Democrats would give local councils like Nottingham the power to end this scheme in their areas.

  • The East Midlands Combined County Authority and the East Midlands Mayor that comes with it was introduced without people in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire having been given a vote on whether they wanted it. The Liberal Democrats suggest they would end this practice, planning to stop the "imposition of elected mayors on communities who do not want them."

  • The Conservative Party scrapped the leg of HS2 that would have brought high-speed trains to Nottingham. The Liberal Democrats say they would review this cancellation to "see if it can still be delivered in a way that provides value for money."

Green Party

Inside the departures terminal at East Midlands Airport
Gary Godden, the new Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner -Credit:Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post
  • All airports, including East Midlands Airport, would be prevented from expanding their sites under Green Party policy.

  • Nottingham City Council continues to face a funding crisis and the Green Party says it would push for an increase in local government funding worth £5 billion a year.

  • The Green Party says it would give extra powers to police and crime commissioners such as Nottinghamshire's Gary Godden. The policy would see commissioners having "open access to the data needed to enable effective scrutiny of operational policing."

The Reform Party has not published a manifesto, instead issuing a contract. On their website it states the contract is a "working draft" which will be finalised later in the year. They state: "This is what happens in business, and the nation should be run like a lean, efficient business with motivated employees and happy customers."