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After Jeremy Corbyn said on The Andrew Marr Show that he would have Trident submarines with no nuclear weapons on board and admitted he'd change strike laws, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

It’s clearer than ever that Labour are a threat to our national security and our economic security.

“Labour would weaken Britain's defences by having a nuclear deterrent without any nuclear weapons, and would weaken our economy by changing the law to increase the number of disruptive strikes.

“That's why Labour are a threat to the security of every working family.”

For decades, sink estates, and sometimes the people who lived in them, have been seen as something simply to be managed, leading to gangs, and entrenching poverty. It’s time to be more ambitious at every level.

Our mission is nothing short of social turnaround, removing and replacing the country’s worst housing estates with safe and attractive homes. This will mean massive estate regeneration jump-started with a new £140 million fund, tenants protected, and land unlocked for new housing all over Britain.

We know the worst estates offer huge potential to be revived so that they become thriving communities and places which people want to live and work in, and that’s something, as part of our One Nation approach, we’re determined to deliver.

In our manifesto, we committed to English Votes for English Laws – and we’ve now delivered it.

The Housing Bill was the first piece of legislation to be subject to the new system.

It wasn’t fair that Scottish MPs could have a decisive say on laws that only affect people who live in England.

English Votes for English Laws helps ensure MPs throughout the United Kingdom have an equal voice – and will strengthen the Union by giving English people more say over their own destiny.

We’re putting policies into action to deliver security and opportunity for working people.

And by introducing English Votes for English Laws, this Government is continuing to deliver on the commitments we made to the British people at the last election. 

With the Government’s new Help to Buy: ISA thousands more people will be given the opportunity to own their own home.

Since Labour’s financial crisis first-time buyers who are doing the right thing have struggled to save for a home of their own.

That’s why we’re backing working people who are saving up for their first home by offering an unprecedented bonus on the money they save in a dedicated Help to Buy: ISA.

Under the scheme first-time buyers will be able to save up to £200 a month, which the Government will then top up by 25 per cent, up to a maximum of £3,000. In the first month you can put in up to £1,200.

So as long as you’re prepared to use the money saved to use towards a deposit on a home, for every £200 that you put in, the Government will give you an extra £50.

We’re delivering on our plan to help people across Britain achieve their dream of owning their own home and to ensure economic security at every stage of your life.

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To protect our economic security, we are taking the difficult decisions to live within our means and bring our debts down. The public spending plans set out today will mean that we will reach a surplus of £10.1 billion in 2019/20 – that’s higher than was forecast at the Budget and means Britain will be out of the red and into the black.

To protect our national security, we are defending our country’s interests abroad and keeping our citizens safe at home.

There will be no cuts in the police budget with real terms protection for police funding and we will deliver on our commitment to spend 2 per cent of our national income on defence.

We are going to fund, in full, the Five Year Forward View that the NHS itself put forward as the plan for its future with the first £6 billion delivered up-front next year.

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We will deliver the biggest real terms increase to the basic State Pension in 15 years.

Thanks to our commitment to the triple lock, next year the basic state pension will rise by £3.35 to £119.30 a week.

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We will deliver the biggest housebuilding programme by any government since the 1970s with a doubling of the housing budget to over £2 billion a year.

Our bold plan to back families who aspire to buy their own home will deliver 400,000 new affordable homes by the end of the decade.

We will see a real terms protection of schools budget.

We will maintain funding for free infant school meals, protect rates for the pupil premium, and increase the cash in the dedicated schools grant.

We’re also going to open 500 new free schools and University Technical Colleges, and invest £23 billion in school buildings and 600,000 new school places.

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