Lib Dems promise 35 hours of free childcare from nine months old

Exclusive: Jo Swinson to announce dramatic increase as parties battle for female voters

Working parents would receive 35 hours a week free childcare from the day their baby turns nine months old under plans to be announced by the Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson, as the opposition parties battle to win over female voters.

The Lib Dems will make a dramatic increase in the availability of free childcare the centrepiece of the party’s manifesto, saying it would boost the economy by enabling more parents to return to the workforce earlier.

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