From the conservative housing manifesto speech yesterday, one of 5 pledges on the CP website
Ensuring local people have more control over planning and protect the Green Belt
Note this is not ‘we will protect the Green Belt’ as seen in Conservative manifestos since 1960.
Quite apart from being a sentence with subject object verb confusion the lack of a comma is significant it does not read
‘we will ensure local people have more control over planning, and protect the Green Belt.’
No local people will protect the green belt (meaning local authorities) not the central government. If, as the Boles /Reigate doctrine states, they want to build ion the Green Belt they can, and they may be forced to because of the combined effect of the NPPF, OAN and DTC tests.
The wording is clearly a clever but ungrammatical Osborne formula to offer as weak a pledge on the Green Belt as possible to allow for its significant loss after the election.
Com[pare the wording for example with the draft UKIP manifesto which is old style Tory.