Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party secured a huge majority as the British public headed to the polls yesterday.
With a turnout of 67.3%, a number of former Labour safe seats saw Conservative gains.
One of the early votes last night saw Blyth Valley become a Conservative seat for the first time in its near 70 year history. It had been held by Labour since its formation in 1950.
Commenting on the outcome, one Labour candidate said it was the “worst result Labour could have imagined.”
Now, aside from the pressing Brexit deal, the British public will turn to Boris Johnson’s election manifesto to see what the next five years will have in store.
The manifesto was widely criticised for a lack of detail on social care with the party fearing the kind of ‘dementia tax’ moment that almost derailed Theresa May’s election campaign in 2017.
What the manifesto did include was the pledge of an extra £1bn to adult social care in the UK, as well as a commitment to seeking a cross-party consensus on long term reform.
The plans added that “nobody needing care should be forced to sell their home to pay for it.”
Speaking at manifesto’s launch, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Since this government has been in power we’ve allocated about £1.5bn towards addressing the social care issue both for adult and child social care and helping local councils with the huge pressures that they face.
“We are going to put another billion every year in the life of the Parliament into fixing that but what we’re also going to do, is do what I think people in this country would expect us to do, which is to build on what I think is a growing national consensus about the way forward.
“And we will reach out cross party – we will be optimistic and the way we do that, and try to bring people together – and we will have a long term plan that achieves two things.
“First of all, it ensures that everybody has dignity and security in their old age, and secondly that nobody, nobody has to sell their home to pay for the cost of their care.”
The Tories also pledged to make finding a cure for dementia one of their major priorities.
This would include doubling research funding and speeding up trials for new treatments.
The Conservatives also said they will provide £74m over three years for additional capacity in community settings for those with learning disabilities and autism.