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19 April 2010

Election 2010: Party promises

What Gordon, Dave and Nick will give you for your vote.

By New Statesman

The New Statesman presents the promises made to the electorate in the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat manifestos.

From the hundreds of pages we have put together a break-down of the pledges in 10 key areas, together with expert reactions, to help you separate the wheat from the electoral chaff. Is there nothing but an “anorexic cigarette paper” between the main parties? Let us know what you think.

1. Arts

Read the expert verdict from the Art Fund’s Stephen Deuchar here.

2. Constitutional reform

Read the expert verdict from the Electoral Reform Society’s Ken Ritchie here.

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3. Crime

Read the expert verdict from Nacro’s Jackie Lowthian here.

4. Defence

Read the expert verdict from Chatham House’s Paul Cornish here.

5. Economy

6. Education

Read the expert verdict from Demos’ Sonia Sodha here.

7. Energy

Read the expert’s verdict from Chatham House’s Felix Preston here.

8. Environment

Read the expert verdict from Chatham House’s Paul Cornish here.

9. Families and children

Read the expert verdict from the Family and Parenting Institute here.

10. Health

Read the expert verdict from the King’s Fund’s Ruth Thorlby here.