Theresa gets tough: May brings in ‘double lock’ on any future Scotland independence ballot

19 May

Unveiling the document in Halifax, West Yorkshire, she promised a “mainstream government that would deliver for mainstream Britain” if she wins on June 8.

The manifesto includes a fresh pledge to curb immigration, and says the government will deliver a balanced budget by the “middle of the next decade.”

It also said there will be no increase in VAT, and promises to increase the national living wage to 60 per cent of the median earnings by 2020.

And it says the so-called “triple lock” on pensions will be reduced to a “double lock” with the state pension to rise by the higher of average earnings or inflation.

But it will no longer go up by 2.5 per cent if they are both lower than that.

However winter fuel payments, which will be means-tested south of the Border under the plans are being devolved.

Scottish Tories are expected to say the £200-a-year should remain universal in their manifesto today.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell desribed Mrs May’s blueprint as a “plan that delivers for Scotland”.

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