Election 2015: Digesting the (other) manifestos

The Social Market Foundation is hosting a series of debates that aims to scrutinise and evaluate each party manifesto.

The final of these events will focus on the manifesto commitments from UKIP, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats, please join us for a fun and informal lunchtime debate.

Listen to the event here: 

Date and time:
Tuesday 5 May 2015,12.30 – 13.30
Lunch will be served from 12.00

Social Market Foundation 11 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QB


Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future
John McDermott, Financial Times
Katie Waring, former Special Adviser to Vince Cable, the Business Secretary

Chair: Emran Mian, Director of the Social Market Foundation

With the campaign for the 2015 General Election drawing to an end, the likelihood of a coalition or a more informal agreement between a major party and at least one other seems ever greater. In this new political landscape there is an unprecedented opportunity for smaller parties to take up the mantle.

At this discussion event we take a look at what the potential partners in a future government are promising in their manifesto.

In the debate, we’ll consider each of the Liberal Democrat, SNP and UKIP manifestos and ask:

  • What’s the most distinctive policy or ambition, compared to the manifestos of the two major parties?
  • Where has the manifesto held back from what the party leadership perhaps really thinks?
  • What is the biggest policy commitment they are likely to fight for in a coalition deal?
  • And what will they have to jettison if coalition is on the cards?