"Manifestos force parties to come clean about what they promise to do.
Party manifestos have a quasi-constitutional importance. Under the Salisbury Convention of 1911, the House of Lords will not obstruct something included in the general election winning party's manifesto."
The Green Party of England and Wales will launch its election manifesto 'today'... The party is standing in 369 out of 650 seats in the UK."
What is in the Green Party's manifesto?
The Green Party's manifesto, which will be launched in south-west London on Tuesday, sets out 10 pieces of legislation the party would introduce if elected into government, including:
- The Green New Deal Bill to "get the UK on track to reducing climate emissions to net zero by 2030"
- The People's Vote Bill to implement a public vote on "the future of our relationship with the European Union"
- The Future Generations Bill which would "require public bodies... to balance the needs of the present with the needs of the future"
- The NHS Reinstatement Bill to increase funding for the NHS by at least £6bn per year, until 2030
- The Universal Basic Income Bill, introducing unconditional payments for everyone "above their subsistence needs"
The party proposes borrowing £91.2bn a year to pay for capital expenditure. A further £9bn would be raised through tax changes including increasing corporation tax to 24%.
The manifesto also includes promises to build 100,000 new zero carbon homes for social rent each year, introduce a proportional representation voting system and extend votes to 16 and 17-year-olds.
Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party in England and Wales praised the manifesto, describing it as "the most ambitious Green new deal proposed anywhere in the world".
"In 2019, neither Johnson nor Corbyn wants to be caught out by their manifestos ... and that's why they will try to keep their books of pledges late and ambiguous."
"Voting now feels like clinging to the wreckage of a system we should dismantle. All the issues that really matter require cooperation, not silly, point-scoring conflict. That’s what this election feels like: a proxy war in which we are unwilling conscripts with little actual choice."
The Lib Dems will launch its manifesto on Wednesday...