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General Election 2017: The party policies finding favour in the North-east

May 17, 2017 7:00 PM
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Increasing education spending and stopping hospital closures were also popular among voters in the North-east

Labour’s plans to increase education spending, stop hospital closures and introduce a £10 an hour minimum wage have found favour among voters in the north east.

A new survey found 42.9% of respondents in the region agreed with Labour’s plans to boost school budgets by £6bn a year.

The same proportion backed Jeremy Corbyn’s plans for a freeze on hospital closures.

It was the most support for any major policy pledge by any of the major parties.

A further 42.4% agreed with Labour’s planned £10 an hour minimum wage.

Labour’s education plans even found strong levels of support among people planning to vote for other parties.

Some 52.9% of people saying they plan to vote Lib Dem and 26.8% of would-be Conservative voters agree with the extra schools cash.

Among north east voters, the most popular Conservative election promise was recruiting 10,000 more mental health staff.

Caps on energy prices (34.3%) and cutting immigration (31.7%) came next.

The Lib Dem’s most popular promise was extra education spending while for the Green party it was scrapping tuition fees.

The study, run in partnership with Google Surveys, was completed online by more than 8,000 people across the regions of England.


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