Every Theresa May U-turn since she became Prime Minister
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 13:00
Prime Minister Theresa May said this week that her controversial manifesto commitment on funding social care from the equity in users' homes will now include an "absolute limit" on the money people will have to pay. It's more don't panic Captain Mainwaring than strong and stable.
The Labour Party is fighting back in Wales and is predicted to win the majority of seats there after overtaking the Tories for the first time since the snap General Election was called, according to a new poll.
But in a move to stop the storm engulfing her election campaign, Mrs May assured fuming Tory candidates there will be a consultation on capping what older people have to pay for their care.
"And we must do everything we can to maintain peace in Northern Ireland and that's a commitment in this manifesto and it's one that wouldn't have happened if we hadn't have a Labour government and it is exactly why we need a Labour government again".
Just four days ago, she completely ruled out a cap on costs. This isn't a u-turn, it's a fudge and people shouldn't fall for it. "The Tories now owe it to pensioners and their families to publish a detailed and fully-costed plan for social care, so that they know what they're voting for".
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mrs May's announcement was a "triumph of spin over reality" and, in truth, her policy had actually changed very little and there was no "U turn".
The manifesto also clearly rejects the proposal for a cap saying the social care costs plan would be "more equitable within and across the generations" than the Dilnot report - which proposed introducing a cap on costs because that would "mostly benefit a small number of wealthier people". "The only things he has left to offer in this campaign are fake claims, fear and scaremongering", said Theresa May in Wrexham. "Our social care system will collapse unless we make some important decisions now about how we fund it".
Former chancellor, and now Evening Standard editor, George Osborne - who Ms May sacked past year - twisted the knife by publishing a front page with the headline: "Strong & stable?"
She insisted no-one would have to sell their home to pay for care while they were alive and people would still have "something to pass on to" their family after their death.
Both Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband resigned after leading Labour to defeats in 2010 and 2015 but, amid speculation that jockeying for position has already begun, there have been suggestions that Mr Corbyn could stay on if he equals the 30.4% vote share that Ed Miliband got in 2015.
"Clearly, you cannot trust a word of Theresa May's manifesto".
Corbyn slammed May in wake of her social care climbdown, tweeting: "You can't trust a word Theresa May says".
The latest, by Survation for ITV's Good Morning Britain, showed Conservatives on 43%, down five points on the previous week, while Labour were up five on 34%.