Top 3 political policies for students this election

With the election just around the corner, we have been asking the community which policies are the most important for students. 

Read what students' care about most and see what each party has to say on that issue.

May 2015


First up, unsurprisingly, comes education. Naturally this is at the forefront of students' minds considering the impact on tuition fees after the last election. We've pulled out the top education policy from each of the top five political parties to give a comparative view. 

Conservative: Create 3 million apprenticeships 

Labour: Cut tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 

Liberal Democrat: Ensure the national curriculum is taught by qualified teachers 

Green: Scrap university tuition fees 

UKIP: Free tuition fees for STEMM students ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine)



Second in students' priorities is health. The future of the NHS has been a big player this election and the parties are divided on how to work on improving our health system. See what the parties' top lines on the NHS are to help you decide who to vote for.

Conservative: Extra £8 billion for the NHS by 2020 

Labour: Stop the drive towards privatisation and cap profits where private companies are involved 

Liberal Democrat: £500 million for mental health services 

Green: End the creeping privatisation of the NHS and repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012 

UKIP: Prevent health tourism by ensuring migrants have approved health insurance 



Ranking above the environment, which is considered an issue close to students' hearts, the economy falls in at third. The economy has been one of the battle grounds for debate between the leaders, with Conservatives adopting strength of economy as their strap line and Labour being doubted over their ability to manage finances but issuing promises to reduce the deficit. It can be hard to know which party has the economies best interests at heart so see what their key ideas are on the matter.

Conservative: Eliminate the deficit and aim to run a surplus so debts can be reduced 

Labour: Cut the deficit every year with a surplus on the current budget and get the national debt falling as soon as possible in the next Parliament. No policies in manifesto will be paid for by extra borrowing 

Liberal Democrat: Bring in a new tax on the banking sector 

Green: End austerity and restore the public sector, creating over one million jobs that pay at least a living wage 

UKIP: Save £9 billion a year by leaving the EU 

To read the full manifesto breakdowns check out our article here
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