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Conservative Party manifesto: Where they stand on our issues
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Conservative Party logoToday, the Conservative party published its manifesto. The 88 page document details the key policies that the party will introduce if re-elected into government. Below are some extracts relating to issues on the engaGE17 website.

The manifesto can be read in full here

So what does the manifesto say?

Sex and Relationships Education

The Conservative party will “educate today’s young people in the harms of the internet and how best to combat them, introducing comprehensive Relationships and Sex Education in all primary and secondary schools to ensure that children learn about the risks of the internet, including cyberbullying and online grooming.” (pg. 79)

Further information as to where CARE stands on Sex and Relationships Education issues can be accessed here

Addressing trafficking and exploitation

The Conservative party promises to “lead the fight against modern slavery, just as we overcame the trade in slaves two hundred years ago. (pg. 38)

The Conservative party pledges to “work to end the subjugation and mutilation of women, to combat the brutal slave trade in fellow human beings and to prevent catastrophic environmental degradation.” (pg. 39)

They will “continue to lead global efforts to tackle sexual violence in conflict.” (pg. 39)

The Conservative party commits to “review the application of exploitation in the Modern Slavery Act to strengthen our ability to stop criminals putting men, women and children into criminal, dangerous and exploitative working conditions. And the UK will use its power to push the United Nations and other international bodies to make Modern Slavery a thing of the past.” (pg. 40-41)

Further information as to where CARE stands on Trafficking and Exploitation issues can be accessed here

Religious Liberty and Equality

The Conservative party will “continue to champion British values around the globe: freedom, democracy, tolerance and the rule of law.” (pg. 38)

They “will expand our global efforts to combat extremism, terror, and the perpetration of violence against people because of their faith, gender or sexuality.” (pg. 38)

The Conservative party pledges to “replace the unfair and ineffective inclusivity rules that prevent the establishment of new Roman Catholic schools, instead requiring new faith schools to prove that parents of other faiths and none would be prepared to send their children to that school.” (pg. 50)

The Conservative party will “consider what new criminal offences might need to be created, and what new aggravated offences might need to be established, to defeat the extremists. We will support the public sector and civil society in identifying extremists, countering their messages and promoting pluralistic, British values. And we will establish a Commission for Countering Extremism to identify examples of extremism and expose them, to support the public sector and civil society, and help the government to identify policies to defeat extremism and promote pluralistic values.” (pg. 55)

The Conservative party promises to “push forward with our plan for tackling hate crime committed on the basis of religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity.” (pg. 44)

They will “work with schools to make sure that those with intakes from one predominant racial, cultural or religious background teach their students about pluralistic, British values and help them to get to know people with different ways of life.” (pg. 55)

They will also “strengthen the enforcement of equalities law – so that private landlords and businesses who deny people a service on the basis of ethnicity, religion or gender are properly investigated and prosecuted.” (pg. 56)

Further information as to where CARE stands on Religious Liberty and Equality issues can be accessed here

Online Safety

The Conservative party will “lead a global effort to close down online spaces for those who abuse children, incite violence or propagate hate speech.” (pg. 38)

The Conservative party promises to “develop a digital charter, working with industry and charities to establish a new framework that balances freedom with protection for users, and offers opportunities alongside obligations for businesses and platforms. This charter has two fundamental aims: that we will make Britain the best place to start and run a digital business; and that we will make Britain the safest place in the world to be online.” (pg. 77)

They will “work with industry to introduce new protections for minors, from images of pornography, violence, and other age-inappropriate content not just on social media but in app stores and content sites as well. We will put a responsibility on industry not to direct users – even unintentionally – to hate speech, pornography, or other sources of harm. We will make clear the responsibility of platforms to enable the reporting of inappropriate, bullying, harmful or illegal content, with take-down on a comply-or-explain basis.” (pg. 79)

The Conservative party will “continue to push the internet companies to deliver on their commitments to develop technical tools to identify and remove terrorist propaganda, to help smaller companies build their capabilities and to provide support for civil society organisations to promote alternative and counter-narratives. In addition, we do not believe that there should be a safe space for terrorists to be able to communicate online and will work to prevent them from having this capability… Where we believe people need more protections to keep them safe, we will act to protect them. We will give people new rights to ensure they are in control of their own data, including the ability to require major social media platforms to delete information held about them at the age of 18, the ability to access and export personal data, and an expectation that personal data held should be stored in a secure way. To create a sound ethical framework for how data is used, we will institute an expert Data Use and Ethics Commission to advise regulators and parliament on the nature of data use and how best to prevent its abuse.” (pg. 79-80)

Further information as to where CARE stands on Online Safety issues can be accessed here

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