Brian Paddick's Passionate Plea For Remainers To Vote Lib Dem

Surveys put support for the Liberal Democrats on about 10 per cent, some way behind May's Conservative Party which polls indicate is attracting support from more than 45 per cent of Britons with Labour on about 30 per cent.

The anti-Brexit pledges at the heart of the manifesto are meant to position the Lib Dems as the party of hard remain.

Mr Farron said: "Air pollution in the United Kingdom is a killer".

And he will urge voters: "Governments without a strong opposition are bad governments".

Leader Tim Farron added: "While the Conservatives focus on giving tax cuts to giant corporations, our focus is on small businesses seeking to grow". They are also the demographic that is most pro-European.

Labour had failed to oppose the plans, he said.

A referendum on the final Brexit deal agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Union - and one of the options on the ballot paper would be to stay in the EU.

Mr Farron said it was "undoubtedly" his ultimate goal to replicate the workforce policy work in Wales - which this year became the first country in Europe to bring in legislation on nurse staffing.

The party would use a Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank to help firms and housing associations fund the building of rent to own homes.

The party promised to pump an extra £6 billion a year into health and social care through a 1p rise in income tax and raise £1 billion in revenue by legalising cannabis.

The manifesto also outlines proposals to restore housing benefit for young people, create a discounted bus pass for 16-21 year olds and introduce votes for 16-year-olds at elections and referendums across the UK.

Early years pupil premium spending would also triple in Twickenham, Kingston and Sutton, where the Lib Dems are hoping to win back the seats they lost to the Tories at the last election.

The Lib Dems have always been against the legislation.

In a later statement issued by his party, Mr Farron said the government's decision to remove bursaries for nursing students was "clearly wrong", noting the "drastic fall" in the number of people applying to courses this year.

"Vote for the biggest number of Liberal Democrat MPs, so that we have an optimistic future where the people decide the future, it's your choice, your future, you should vote Liberal Democrat".

Tim Farron has lumped Theresa May in with far-right figures like Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen as he accused the Prime Minister of allowing the Conservatives to be "taken over" by an agenda forged by Nigel Farage.

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