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After the Tories disgraceful treatment of Dominic Grieve, are the Tories still planning to introduce the ‘dementia tax’ and abolish both free school lunches and the triple lock protection for pensioners?

March 31, 2019 9:27 AM

Many people are appalled that a highly intelligent and hard-working politician like Dominic Grieve is facing deselection by his local Tory party - in our neighbouring constituency of South Bucks.

The move against Dominic Grieve was led by the person who stood against him for UKIP in the 2017 election, but who has now entered the Tory party. Mr Grieve appears to have lost the confidence of his local Tory party because he put the interests of the country before those of the Conservative Party. He works with others across parties to promote the right of the people to be asked whether they accept the Brexit deal, or would prefer to remain in the EU.

Part of the so called "justification" for the motion of no-confidence in Dominic Grieve is that he is not helping to implement one element of the 2017 Tory manifesto. Does this mean the Tory party is still committed to all elements of the 2017 Tory manifesto? These commitments included grabbing assets of people receiving care once they had sadly passed away through what became known as the 'dementia tax'.

Another Tory manifesto commitment in 2017 was the abolition of the policy of free school lunches for all infants. The introduction of these free school lunches was a policy the Lib Dems in the Coalition Government had forced the Tories to accept because evidence showed how beneficial it was to education. The free school lunches have been very popular in Slough, but the Tory manifesto promised to abolish the free lunch policy. The Tory manifesto also promised to scrap the Triple Lock for pensions that the Lib Dems had again forced the Tories to accept. This policy ensures a reasonable increase in pensions each year, but the Tories promised to abolish it.

So, if Dominic Grieve is facing deselection for not helping to implement one part of the Tories 2017 manifesto, does this mean all Tory MPs will be told they have to implement these other parts of the manifesto as well?