Education is at the heart of what Liberal Democrats stand for. It is the key to freedom and opportunity, and a vital part of creating the fairer society our Party seeks to build.

We believe in a society where every young person, no matter what their background or circumstance, can grow up to achieve anything they set their mind to.

However, the Conservatives are proposing cuts to school budgets that would hit every school in Bournemouth. These cuts could total £5.3 million across Bournemouth - the equivalent of 142 full-time teachers, or nearly £300 per pupil. 

The Liberal Democrats have pledged £6.9 billion to protect school budgets - the equivalent of £26.3 million for Bournemouth Schools. For more details, see here

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We believe that Britain’s best chance to succeed is within the EU. Liberal Democrats are the only party that has consistently championed Britain’s membership of the European Union.

We respect the results of the June 2016 referendum, but believe that the British people must have the right to vote on the final deal with Europe.

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We will always fight to protect our health and care system, and ensure it can carry on delivering for future generations. We recently announced an extra 1p on income tax to fund the NHS and social care. 

The tax would raise an additional £65.2 million for Bournemouth and Dorset, with £58 million for Dorset NHS and £7.2 million for social care in Bournemouth each year. 

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