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Round-Up

Magazine article Public Finance

Round-Up

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The King's Fund health think-tank has warned the Labour government against widespread reorganisation of the NHS if the party secures a third term in power. Chief executive Niall Dickson said there was 'much to be welcomed' in Labour's manifesto, particularly commitments to reduce waiting times further and increase patient choice. But he added: 'We are concerned about the commitment to "streamline" the NHS and release £250m a year for frontline services.'

The Respect party plans for more affordable housing and transport, improved pensions, mom schools, a better-funded NHS and a higher minimum wage. The party, founded by MP George Galloway (pictured) following his expulsion from the Labour Party over his opposition to the Iraq war, promises the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq. Galloway, standing against Labour MP Oona King in Bethnal Green and Bow, said: The parties of privatisation and war know the price of everything and the value of nothing, certainly not the value of life and civil liberties.'

The Scottish Socialist Party has wealth redistribution at the heart of its manifesto. It also calls for an independent, socialist Scotland and promises enhanced benefits to pensioners. The general election will be the first major test for the SSP's new leader, Colin Fox, who succeeded Tommy Sheridan last year. Fox said: 'Unlike all the other parties, we're going to make the rich pay their share of tax for a change, both as individuals and through corporate taxation.'

Robert Kilroy-Silk's (pictured) new party, Veritas, has demanded the UK's immediate withdrawal from the European Union and strict controls on the numbers of immigrants and refugees. …

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