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Partido Popular reveal first draft of election manifesto

Source: El Pais - Mon 31st Oct 2011

The Partido Popular yesterday announced that they would cut taxes and increase pensions if they succeed in being elected to government in the coming general elections.

The PP Presidential candidate, Mariano Rajoy, also spoke of plans to reform the abortion law, but gave no further details, in addition to making changes to the labor-reform package, which was hugely unpopular when passed by the Socialist PSOE party earlier this year.

The opposition are also looking to address the manner in which state school teachers are employed, based on qualifications and merit. The preview of the PP manifesto included re-introducing a tax deduction for the purchase of new homes, which was previously abolished by the PSOE.

As far as employment reform is concerned, the PP spoke of simplifying employment contracts but the did not go as far as calling for the introduction of one standard type of contract, asmany conservatives have been calling for.

The PSOE party's presidential candidate, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, has said that the difference between him and his opponent is "that we [the PSOE] think we can emerge from this crisis without having to cut any social policies [for Spaniards]."

Ther PSOE are alos in favour of keeping the Wealth Tax as a permenant fixture - something which the PP are opposed to.

Following Friday's news that unemployment in Spain is now at the highest level in 15 years, at 21.5%, this weekend's opinion polls show the PP with a 15% lead on the PSOE.

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