Conservative manifesto: 9 things you need to know

Prime minister Boris Johnson launched on Sunday the Conservative Party’s manifesto for the general election. While the emphasis is on the party’s Brexit position, it also contains a number of pledges relating to the environment and climate change. Here’s what you need to know.

1. The government plans a major increase in infrastructure spending. The manifesto promises to invest £100bn on new infrastructure, including nearly £30bn alone for new and existing roads. Rail links between northern cities will be another priority, along with extra funding for cities to upgrade public transport services.

2. No change to net zero target. As expected, the Conservatives have not brought forward their target to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, making the party the least ambitious of its main rivals. However, prime minister Boris Johnson insisted that “we will do it” in his victory speech.

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