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UK general election: what are the parties’ plans for infrastructure?

26 June 2024

The ICE breaks down the plans of five of the parties running for election across the whole UK.

UK general election: what are the parties’ plans for infrastructure?
The ICE has shared a series of short blogs setting out the key infrastructure takeaways from party manifestos. Image credit: Vanessa Furey

In the run up to the UK general election, the ICE has read party manifestos to summarise their infrastructure plans for members.

Since Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that the election will take place on 4 July, political parties have set out their visions for what they would do if chosen by the public to form the next government.

In its role as an independent charity, the ICE offers trusted advice to politicians and decision-makers on how to build and adapt infrastructure to create a more sustainable world.

The institution also uses its expertise to inform the public and members of what’s happening.

That’s why the ICE has produced a series of short blogs that set out the key infrastructure takeaways from five of the parties' manifestos.

These summaries are an impartial look at what the parties have said. The ICE does not support or promote any political party.

Which manifestos has the ICE looked at?

At this election, over 4,500 candidates will stand for around 100 parties in 650 seats across the UK.

In addition to the big national names, there are parties that only stand in particular countries, such as Plaid Cymru in Wales and the Alliance Party in Northern Ireland.

There are even single-issue or hyperlocal parties with just one or two candidates.

Therefore, it’s not possible for the ICE to look at every single manifesto.

Instead, the ICE has summarised the infrastructure policies of any party that’s standing in 80% of the seats across the entire UK. This means they need at least 520 candidates.

The institution has done it this way, rather than following the polls or currently sitting MPs, as it gives the clearest objective measure.

Read the ICE’s analysis of the following five manifestos from 2024:

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