Last night, Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won the 2019 General Election with a huge majority, meaning they'll be in power for at least the next five years.
But with all the noise of the past few weeks, you might have found it difficult to work out exactly which of the Conservative Party's policies will have the biggest impact on your life.
We wanted to get to the heart of it: what are the key ways in which the Tories intend to improve the lives of today's young women?
Here, the Conservative Party highlights the five most important policies in its manifesto for women just like you. Read up to discover if the Tories' priorities match up with your own.
The Conservative Party's manifesto for young women:
1. Getting Brexit done
The Conservatives say:
The referendum delivered a clear majority for Britain to leave the EU, and Parliament has failed to honour this - opting instead for the dither and delay. There is only one way to get Brexit done - and that is to return a Conservative Government with a working majority on December 12th, so we can focus on the issues people really care about, like our NHS, climate change, policing and education.
The vote to leave the European Union was a vote for change, so we shouldn't lose sight of the many positive reasons to leave in the first place. Take the tampon tax - a 'luxury' worthy of VAT in the eyes of the EU. When we finally leave, we'll scrap this and other burdensome tax rules that we will have the power to change.
We have a great new Brexit deal that is ready to go - and all of our candidates have pledged to support it if elected. We will get Brexit done and unleash the potential of the whole UK.
In the words of Priti Patel, Home Secretary:
"It is time to honour the result of the EU referendum, get Brexit done and move on with the priorities that matter to voters – like funding our NHS, putting more police on our streets and continuing to invest in education. I truly believe the country wants to move forwards and look ahead to the positive opportunities that await us.
"The way to do that is to vote for a Conservative majority government on 12th December. We need just nine more seats for the Conservatives to win a majority. We have a new Brexit deal and it is ready to go. 2020 has the potential to be a fantastic year for our country.
"The alternative is another hung Parliament, led by Jeremy Corbyn. He would waste 2020 on another two referendums on the EU and Scottish independence, making 2020 the year of more dither, delay and deadlock."
2. Fighting climate change and protecting the environment
The Conservatives say:
Voting blue is a vote for green policies. Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our planet, and under the Conservatives, the UK government was the first country in the world to legally commit to being carbon neutral by 2050.
2020 is not only a year we can get Brexit done and move on to focus on other priorities, it's also the year we will host the UN Climate Change Summit in Glasgow - where we'll ask other nations to match our ambitious net zero target.
Brexit offers us the opportunity to do so much more to boost the environment and animal welfare. And make no mistake – in future trade deals other countries will have to match our high standards.
We have announced a new £500 million Blue Planet fund to protect our oceans, and to support the restoration and conservation of marine biodiversity. Conservatives, unlike Jeremy Corbyn, believe that it is our entrepreneurial scientists and new businesses that will deliver innovative solutions to tackle climate change - from turbines to electric cars - and we will back them all the way.
In the words of Andrea Leadsom, Business Secretary:
"It is crucial that we act fast to address the climate crisis. I’m proud of the Conservative record on this: we’re decarbonising faster than any other G20 country, and we were the first to legally commit to ending our contribution to climate change by 2050. If we can decarbonise any earlier, we will.
"2018 was the greenest year in UK history for electricity. Half our electricity is now coming from low carbon sources, and a third of it from renewables.
"But there is no doubt that we need to do more. As Conservatives, we are determined for this generation to be the first to leave the environment in a better condition. We will improve the energy efficiency of schools, hospitals and 2 million social homes - keeping people warm and cutting their bills - and we will plant millions more trees. We will also increase the energy we get from renewables, support industries to decarbonise and, crucially, work with the other developed and developing nations worldwide to help them decarbonise, too."
3. Giving our NHS the resources it needs
The Conservatives say:
We know and understand the value of our NHS. That is why we are going further to protect it as the backbone of our country. We are investing a record £34 billion of additional funding, and we have started an ambitious programme of work to build 40 new hospitals across the country.
A Conservative majority government will make sure that the NHS has the staff it needs. Our manifesto pledges to deliver 50,000 more nurses, 6,000 more doctors in GP surgeries, and 6,000 more primary care professionals, such as physiotherapists and pharmacists. We will also provide student nurses with a £5,000-£8,000 annual maintenance grant every year during their course to help with their cost of living - and they won't have to pay it back.
Our new NHS Visa will also attract the highly qualified doctors, nurses and health professionals from overseas that make our NHS the best in the world.
In the words of Caroline Dinenage, Care Minister:
"Our NHS has been there for all of us at some point in our lives – and it deserves the support and resource it needs to thrive.
"Boris Johnson and the Conservatives have given the NHS the biggest cash boost in its history and we’re building 40 new hospitals making sure people get the care that they need. This means the NHS will always be there for the people of this country when they need it, free at the point of use. And don't let Corbyn fool you – the NHS is not for sale and we will never allow any trade agreement to change that.
"Only the Conservatives have a plan to get Brexit done and focus on priorities like our NHS. Jeremy Corbyn offers nothing but the chaos and delay of another two referendums, and proposals for a four day week which would cripple the NHS."
4. Unleashing the potential of women across the country
The Conservatives say:
Our manifesto has addressed some of the key issues that face women in the work place and in their private lives. We are going to reform the law to make flexible working easier, and for those with children, we will establish a new £1 billion fund to help create more high quality, affordable childcare, including before and after school and during the school holidays.
To encourage more women to start their own businesses, we will expand start-up loans, which have particularly high take-up from women and BAME entrepreneurs. We also promise not to raise the rates of income tax, National Insurance or VAT.
We will raise the National Insurance threshold to £9,500 next year – representing a tax cut for millions across the country. And we will raise the National Living Wage to £10.50 per hour by 2024.
Our new Code of Practice will help tackle sexual harassment in workplaces, and we have made it mandatory for companies to report on their gender pay gap - a move which is making employers think carefully about their recruitment policies.
If we are elected with a majority, we want to do more to protect women from the horror of domestic abuse. We will bring the Domestic Abuse Bill back as soon as possible, and look at the unacceptable ‘50 shades defence’ used in court. We must go further than legislation though, which is why we will double our funding for refuges and victim support services, pilot new domestic abuse courts to speed up cases, and pass a Victim’s Law so that every victim in the country can get the support they are entitled to.
In the words of Victoria Atkins, Minister for Women:
"I am passionate about making government work for women. A Conservative majority government will act to unleash the potential of women across the UK.
"I am proud of the work that we have done to improve workplace equality, introducing gender pay data reporting, improving female representation at senior levels, and supporting women back into work after a career break. We are introducing stronger protections for new parents returning to work and have published a new Code of Practice to tackle sexual harassment.
"The United Kingdom is renowned around the world for our work on championing gender equality and closing the opportunity gap that persists between men and women. But there is still so much more that we can do. By getting Brexit done, we will be able to focus on exactly that."
5. More homes, more homeowners and a better deal for renters
The Conservatives say:
It is still the dream of so many, especially young people, to own a home of their own, and the Conservatives want to make that a reality for more people. We will deliver at least another million homes in the next five years, making further progress towards the target of 300,000 new houses a year by the mid-2020s. We will also help renters buy and provide discounts for local first time buyers.
There are currently 2 million renters who could afford mortgage payments but struggle to save for a deposit. We will encourage a new market in long-term fixed rate mortgages, requiring only 5% deposits, which will make it easier for them to buy. And under a new First Home scheme, homes will be sold at a 30% discount to local first-time buyers.
In the words of Esther McVey, Housing Minister:
"Boris and I have already started delivering the Green Housing Revolution this country needs. By using Modern Methods of Construction we are building a new age of environmental housing to reduce our carbon footprint, reduce energy bills and reduce the cost of living for families. This is about caring for our environment and for future generations.
"After the General Election, with a Conservative majority government, we can get back to focusing on the housing needs of those most in need and ensure that the first step on the housing ladder is easier to reach for millions more people."
Read the Conservative Party's manifesto in full here.
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