It was today the turn of the Conservative Party to launch its election manifesto, with leader David Cameron unveiling a new community ‘right to buy’ scheme giving local people the power to protect pubs and post offices threatened with closure. The party's leader said nothing underlined the 'powerlessness' that many communities felt more than the loss of essential services because of decisions made by 'distant bureaucrats'. People will be given a 'right to bid' to run any community service instead of the State. The moves comes in the wake of the closure of thousands of post offices and pubs in recent years. The Tories also promised to overhaul the Licensing Act. Measures to curb "drink-fueled violence" were central to plans to improve law and order. Tory proposals included higher taxes on drinks "linked to anti-social drinking", higher fines for sales to those who are underage, and a ban on supermarkets and off-licences selling alcohol at below cost price. On the issue of loss-leading, Cameron said: “I think that supermarkets selling alcohol at below cost should be banned. This really deep discounting is actually encouraging irresponsible behaviour and we need to stop it. And I think if we do that it will be easier to make sure we’ve got a good and thriving pub industry.” Police would also be given stronger powers to remove licences from problem shops and pubs. On the beer tie and leased pub model, the Conservatives backed calls for pub companies and brewers to offer tenants a free-of-tie option by June 2011 or face statutory regulation. The news means that all three major political parties — Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats — have now promised reform of the pub company model. The Tory plan also involved blocking next year's 1% rise in National Insurance and cutting £12bn more from Whitehall spending than Labour by attacking waste. Other proposals included in the Conservative election manifesto included an annual cap on immigration numbers and a pledge to increase investment in the NHS every year;

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