In brief: Liberal Democrats publish draft pre-manifesto

The Liberal Democrats have promised to use the planning system to deliver more affordable rented and shared ownership homes in a draft pre-manifesto published this week. VAT would be reformed to encourage developers to repair and re-use empty buildings and brownfield land. The party would also aim to increase recycling, reform the railways and reward owners of less polluting cars with lower taxes. Freedom, Fairness, Trust can be viewed via

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