Don’t sign pledges on NHS or climate, Tory HQ tells candidates

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Exclusive: leaked briefing note advises candidates not to sign up to non-approved pledges – but supporting shooting is allowed

Conservative candidates in the general election will be told not to sign up to specific pledges on protecting the NHS from privatisation and trade deals or tackling climate change, according to a leaked internal document from party headquarters.

The 11-page briefing note explains the party’s position on nine key areas and “strongly advises” prospective Tory MPs “against signing up to any pledges” unless they have been agreed from the centre.

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