The candidates stance on key issues
April 3, 1997
Web posted at: 1:43 p.m. EST (1843 GMT)
LONDON (CNN) -- The two leading candidates for British prime
minister, incumbent John Major and opposition leader Tony
Blair, have unveiled their platforms for the May 1
A televised debate between the two has been canceled, leaving
the two to wrangle over issues separately. The following is a
brief glimpse at the candidates' stances on key issues:
Major: "We'll take powers to take over responsibilities
from failing local authorities and ensure their standards are
Blair: "I'm suggesting we raise the standards in our
schools so parents" will send their children to "those
Major: "Our present plan requires no further increase in
Blair: "We make a specific pledge not to raise income tax
Political party visions for Britain
Major: "It is time for a change ... to the next phase of
Conservative prosperity that will give everyone -- no matter
who they are, where they live -- more choice and more control
of their lives."
Blair: "It is neither a program of the left nor of today's
Conservatives. It breaks new ground and seeks to build
genuine support in all parts of the nation behind it. That is
what offer Britain -- a fresh start."
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