Liberal Democrats have outlined the six red lines that must be agreed to as part of any coalition negotiations in the next government.
The red lines cover education, the economy, tax, health, public sector pay and the environment:
1. Protecting education funding
Liberal Democrats want to protect per pupil funding from nursery to 19, in real terms, by the end of the parliament. This would amount to £5.2bn more funding than is planned by the Conservatives and £2.5bn more than Labour.
2. Introduce a 'stability budget' in the first 50 days
A stability budget would set out the next government's commitment to balancing the books in full and fairly. It would also give a clear commitment to investing in our public services, including schools and hospitals.
3. Increasing the personal tax allowance to £12,500
Liberal Democrats have already delivered an £825 tax cut to millions of workers. The next parliament must make significant progress to getting to the £12,500 threshold in its first year by increasing the allowance to £11,000 by April 2016.
4. Invest £8bn a year by 2020 in the NHS
The Conservatives have failed out how they would meet the NHS funding gap, and Labour's plans fall short by almost £4bn. Liberal Democrats would insist that the next government give the NHS the money it needs as well as introduce maximum waiting times across mental health services.
5. Pay rises for public sector workers
Public sector workers have played an important role in helping get the economy on track and Liberal Democrats want to give them the pay guarantee they need. We would introduce a minimum pay increase in line with inflation for the next two years, and guarantee real terms increases in pay once the books have been balanced.
6. Fight climate change and protect nature
A government with the Liberal Democrats must play a lead role in the Paris 2015 climate negotiations to try and keep global temperature rises within two degrees of pre-industrial levels. Liberal Democrats would also insist on pushing forward our radical plans to protect the environment with a Nature Act, which will include aims to improve water and air quality.
The Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Cheadle constituency, Mark Hunter, commented:
“Neither the Labour Party nor the Conservative Party will have the number of MPs needed to govern the country alone. The Liberal Democrats are being upfront and clear about those issues which are non-negotiable for us to take part in any future coalition government.
“I know from listening closely to local residents over the last ten years that the six issues we’ve highlighted matter to Cheadle constituency: education, a stable economy, raising the tax threshold, protecting our NHS, raising the pay of public sector workers and fighting climate change.
“With the Liberal Democrats in government, local residents can be assured that we will focus on the issues that they care about, making Cheadle an even better place to live and work.”