Conservative Party plans to spend £100 billion on public infrastructure over the next five years would take government investment to levels not seen for almost 50 years, economists say. The manifesto said that there would be “20 hospital upgrades and 40 new hospitals”, a national plug-in network for electric cars and a battery “gigafactory”. It also promised £2 billion for sixth-form colleges, “decarbonisation schemes” such as wind farms, full-fibre broadband, research and development investment, road improvements and rail projects around Birmingham and across the north from Liverpool to Hull. The manifesto set aside £2 billion for potholes, £7.3 billion in research and development grants, £2.2 billion for “public sector decarbonisation and £3.2 billion for flood defences.
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