Liberal Democrat manifesto: what it means for our region

The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto offering what they say would be an "opportunity to change Britain's future - by changing the opposition".

The party's main concern seems to be Brexit and they are promising to offer a second referendum on any Brexit deal and to press for the rights of EU Nationals to stay in the UK.

The aim is to play to the 48% of people who voted to Remain in the European Union in the referendum a year ago and that could prove important in certain areas of the region.

The Lib Dems are promising £6 billion for the NHS. Credit: PA Images

Social policy is also a centre-point of the Lib Dem manifesto with a proposal to raise £6 billion for the NHS and social care services by adding 1p more in the pound on income tax.

There is also a promise to invest £7 billion in education and build 300,000 homes a year by 2022 - something aimed at alleviating the housing crisis in cities like Bristol.

A levy of up to 200% council tax on second homes may play well in St Ives where they have previously voted for a ban on second homes.

Homes being built in St Ives. Credit: ITV News

There's also a promise of £100 billion for infrastructure which could be spent on major projects in the South West and a commitment to rail electrification.

On farming the Lib Dems say they will 'ensure British farming remains competitive', increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years, and put a ban on caged hens.

And finally the party would end imprisonment for possession of illegal drugs for personal use.