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Labour

We remain committed to a comprehensive two-state solution – a secure Israel alongside a viable and independent state of Palestine.

Extra £2.5bn per year for NHS

25 hours per week of free childcare to parents with 3 and 4-year-olds

Raise the Minimum Wage to £8 an hour and ban exploitative zero hour contracts; Scrap the Bedroom Tax

Repeal the Tories’ plans to bring competition and privatisation to the NHS

The next Labour Government will expand free childcare from 15 to 25 hours per week for working parents of three and four year-olds.

‘We will put racial equality back on the political agenda with a comprehensive race equality strategy to challenge the barriers still faced by BAME communities, and champion greater diversity across public life – driving better representation across the police and judiciary, and in the company boardroom’.

Labour would introduce quotas to increase the number of black and minority ethnic workers getting top jobs in the civil service.

Support for the right to practice one’s religion, including protecting traditions such as the humane practice of Shechita and Halal

click here for the Labour Party manifesto Changing Britain Together

Conservative

Support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, robustly defending the right of Israel to protect its security, while continuing to condemn illegal settlement building, which undermines the prospects for peace.

Continue to ring-fence the NHS budget, with a real-terms increase in health spending from 2015 to 2020. Give the NHS at least an extra £8bn  ay ear by 2020.

Eradicate the deficit by 2018 and secure an overall budget surplus by 2019-20. Achieve this by spending cuts, not tax rises, while raising NHS spending.

Create three million apprenticeships to be paid for by benefit cuts.

David Cameron wants to make migrants wait four years before they can claim certain benefits, such as tax credits, Universal Credit, or get access to social housing. He wants to stop migrants from claiming child benefit for dependents living outside the UK, and remove those that have failed to find work after six months.

We want people to integrate fully into British society, but that does not mean they should have to give up the things they hold dear in their religion. So while we will always make sure the Food Standards Agency properly regulates the slaughter of livestock and poultry, we will protect methods of religious slaughter, such as shechita and halal.

“There are some areas where – like in the application of Shari’a law – we know enough to know we have a problem, but we do not yet know the full extent of the problem…We will therefore commission an independent figure to complete an investigation into the application of Shari’a law in England and Wales.” [Theresa May, 23rd March 2015]

We will make sure that major state employers such as the NHS have robust procedures in place to identify extremism and deal with it. We will publish a clear framework which will set out the circumstances in which central government should intervene when councils fail to respond to extremism or have been infiltrated by extremists. We will commission Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary to conduct an all-force inspection of the police response to ‘honour’ crimes, female genital mutilation and forced marriage. [Theresa May, 23rd March 2015]

We will require police forces to record anti-Muslim crimes as well as anti-Semitic crimes. [Theresa May, 23rd March 2015] and also from Manifesto We will review the legislation governing hate crimes. [No specific reference to religion]

BUT

We will deny extremists the opportunity to spread their messages of hate by introducing banning orders for extremist groups that fall short of existing terrorist proscription thresholds. We will introduce extremism disruption orders, which are civil powers to be used against individual extremists who incite hatred. And we will introduce closure orders, for premises that are owned or occupied by extremists or are used to host extremist meetings or speakers. When we decide whether to impose a banning order on an organisation based in this country, we will take into account the conduct of any organisations to which they are affiliated overseas. [Theresa May, 23rd March 2015]

Scrapping of Human Rights Act

Liberal Democrats

Remain committed to a negotiated peace settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which includes a two-state solution. We condemn disproportionate force Remain committed to a negotiated peace settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which includes a two-state solution. We condemn disproportionate force used by all sides. We condemn Hamas’ rocket attacks and other targeting of Israeli civilians. We condemn Israel’s continued illegal policy of settlement.

An extra £1bn for the NHS every year, to be funded by – amongst other things – making higher earners pay more tax on their shares. Half of this will go towards mental health. Ensure that spending on the NHS rises in line with growth in the economy.

Commit to an ambitious goal of 20 hours’ free childcare a week for all parents with children aged from two to four-years, and all working parents from the end of paid parental leave (nine months) to two years. Complete the introduction of Tax-Free Childcare, which will provide up to £2,000 of childcare support for each child and include childcare support in Universal Credit, refunding 85% of childcare costs so work pays for low earners. Support a million more women who want to work with better childcare, help with caring responsibilities and action against discrimination.

“Strict new fiscal rules” to ensure the deficit has gone by April 2018, with the wealthy contributing the most.

Our plans include borrowing £70bn less than Labour and cutting £50bn less than the Conservatives, keeping Britain on the path to prosperity. click here.

‘“As Leader of Liberal Democrats, I am committed to see a review take place early in the next Parliament so that we can try and involve everybody to make sure the Prevent programme does what it always was intended to do”. Nick Clegg interviewed by Ahmed Versi of The Muslim News.

Work closely with faith and community organisations, such as the Community Security Trust and the Muslim Council of Britain, to prevent hate crime, including at places of worship like synagogues and mosques. We are determined to combat antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate in the UK and internationally.

We will allow parents to continue to choose faith-based schools within the state-funded sector and allow the establishment of new faith schools

“The Tories have again made clear that, if elected and able to govern on their own, they will scrap the Human Rights Act. And they have threatened to walk away from the European Convention on Human Rights with no guarantee about what would come in its place…to walk away from the ECHR would remove at a stroke our moral authority on human rights when we engage with other countries around the world. ” Simon Hughes, click here

Ensure efforts to tackle terrorism do not stigmatise or alienate Muslims or any other ethnic or faith group, and that government supports communities to help prevent those at risk of radicalisation from being drawn into illegal activity.

Pass a Digital Bill of Rights to help protect people from unwarranted intrusion and give them more control over their own data. Make ‘stop and search’ more accountable by making the wearing of body cameras by officers compulsory in some areas and for firearms officers.

Ensure proper oversight of the security services. Identify practical alternatives to the use of closed material procedures within the justice system, including the provisions of the 2013 Justice and Security Act, with the aim of restoring the principle of open justice. Improve the safeguards in police stop and search powers in England and Wales with tighter guidance and requiring police to wear body cameras in Section 60 areas, the establishment of which will require judicial sanction.

Greens

We don’t believe that the public’s health should ever be up for auction. That’s why we are completely opposed to the Conservatives’, Labour’s, and Liberal Democrats’ policies of introducing market forces and competition into the NHS – a process which is placing the interests of corporate profits ahead of the nation’s wellbeing. click here.

We will: End austerity and restore the public sector, creating over one million good jobs that pay at least a living wage. Pay for this with a new wealth tax on the top 1%, a Robin Hood Tax on the banks and the closure of tax loopholes. Increase the minimum wage to reach a living wage of £10 an hour by 2020. click here. 

We want every young person to have access to a quality education, no matter what their family’s income. That’s why we are opposed to the government’s privatisation and commercialisation of schools, colleges, and universities which is making access to a good education dependent on financial privilege. We will: Scrap university tuition fees…click here.

*BBC reportage, 25 Feb 2015, unless otherwise stated

Key links

1. YouElect – Election & Constituency News; Database of parliamentary constituencies and candidates  click here

2. MEND’s Get Out and Vote click here

3. Muslim Council of Britain’s Muslim Vote.

4. Operation Black Vote – click here

5. Al-Jazeera Report – The Muslim vote click here.

6. Muslim News – Five great candidates for 2015

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