Election 2017

Labour manifesto at-a-glance: Summary of key points

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Labour has launched its manifesto, For the Many, Not the Few. The full document is available online. Here are the main things you need to know.


Key message

A programme providing a "stark choice" at the election - to stop the system being "rigged against" the many and to "build a country where we invest our wealth to give everyone the best chance".

Jeremy Corbyn's foreword says: "Let's build a fairer Britain where no one is held back. A country where everybody is able to get on in life, to have security at work and at home, to be decently paid for the work they do, and to live their lives with the dignity they deserve."


Key policies

  • Scrap student tuition fees
  • Nationalisation of England's nine water companies.
  • Re-introduce the 50p rate of tax on the highest earners (above £123,000)
  • Income tax rate 45p on £80,000 and above
  • More free childcare, expanding free provisions for two, three and four year olds
  • Guarantee triple lock for pensioner incomes
  • End to zero hours contracts
  • Hire 10,000 new police officers, 3,000 new firefighters
  • Moves to charge companies a levy on salaries above £330,000
  • Deliver rail electrification "including in Wales and the South West".

Renationalisation

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  • Bring the railways back into public ownership as franchises expire
  • Regain control of energy supply networks through the alteration of operator license conditions, and transition to a publicly owned, decentralised energy system
  • Replace water system with a network of regional publicly-owned water companies
  • Reverse the privatisation of Royal Mail "at the earliest opportunity"
  • Create at least one publicly-owned energy company in every region of the UK, with public control of the transmission and distribution grids.

Chris Cook, BBC Newsnight policy editor, says: "Capping rail fares (through public ownership); that has a very simple consequence - it costs you money - but that money isn't mentioned in the document.

"It's important to point out, though, that it's hard to be in Opposition, especially in the case of a snap election. Labour doesn't have the civil service to do the sums for them and it shows."


The economy

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  • Extra tax take in total £48.6bn
  • £6.4bn from income tax from the top 5%
  • Extra £19.4bn from corporation tax
  • £6.5bn from tax avoidance programme
  • Income tax rate 45p on earnings of £80,000 and above - and 50p to be reintroduced on earnings above £123,000
  • Boost wages of 5.7m people earning less than minimum wage to £10 an hour by 2020
  • Create a National Transformation Fund that will invest £250bn over 10 years in upgrading the economy
  • Deliver universal superfast broadband availability by 2022
  • A National Investment Bank as part of a plan to provide £250bn of lending power over the next decade for infrastructure
  • Reinstate the lower small-business corporation tax rate
  • Scrap quarterly reporting for businesses with a turnover of under £85,000.

Workers' rights

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  • An end to zero-hours contracts to guarantee workers a "number of hours each week"
  • Introduce four extra public holidays each year to mark national patron saints' days
  • Maximum pay ratios of 20:1 to be rolled out in public sector
  • Raise minimum wage to "at least £10 per hour by 2020"
  • Ban unpaid internships
  • "Clamp down on bogus self-employment" and extend rights of employees to all workers - including shared parental pay
  • Guarantee trade unions a right to access workplaces
  • End the public sector pay cap
  • Repeal the Trade Union Act and roll out sectoral collective bargaining, whereby industries can negotiate agreement as a whole
  • Enforce all workers' rights to trade union representation at work
  • Abolish employment tribunal fees - so that people have access to justice
  • Use public spending power to drive up standards, including only awarding public contracts to companies which recognise trade unions
  • Give all workers equal rights from day one, whether part-time or full-time, temporary or permanent
  • Shifting the burden of proof, so the law assumes a worker is an employee unless the employer can prove otherwise.

Education

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  • Reintroduce maintenance grants for university students and abolish university tuition fees
  • A National Education Service for England to incorporate all forms of education
  • Overhaul existing childcare system and extend 30 hours of free childcare to all two year olds
  • Promise to reduce class sizes to "less than 30" for five, six, and seven-year-olds
  • Devolve responsibility for skills to city regions or devolved administrations
  • Free school meals for all primary school children, paid for by removing the VAT exemption on private school fees.

Branwen Jeffreys, BBC News education editor, says: "Increasing entitlement to childcare as set out in the Labour manifesto would cost an additional £5.3bn - this is based on research published last year by the Joseph Rowntree Trust on what an "anti-poverty childcare system would look like".

"The manifesto suggests moving away from a complex system of tax and benefit subsidies to parents and towards direct subsidies to childcare providers.

"There are plenty of questions, though, including whether Labour intends to provide free childcare for even the wealthiest children - the Conservative promise of 30 hours free a week doesn't apply to families where one parent earns more than £100,000."


Health and social care

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  • Deliver safe staffing levels and reduce waiting lists
  • End hospital car parking charges
  • One million people will be taken off NHS waiting lists by "guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks"
  • Scrap NHS pay cap
  • NHS will receive more than £30bn in extra funding over the next parliament
  • Mental health budgets will be ring-fenced, and Labour will ensure all children in secondary schools have access to a counselling service.

Social security and pensions

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  • Cuts to bereavement support payment will be scrapped, as will the bedroom tax and the "punitive sanctions regime"
  • Reinstate housing benefit for under-21s
  • Guarantee state pension triple lock, as well as the winter fuel allowance and free bus passes
  • "Rejects" proposal to increase state pension age further
  • A commitment to "protect the pensions of UK citizens living overseas in the EU or further afield".

Martha Kearney, presenter, The World At One, says: "The pension age is due to rise to 66 by the end of 2020. Labour rejects the Conservatives' proposal to increase the state pension age even further.

"On The World at One the shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey told me that there would be a review of that.

"That could be an expensive one. The former pensions minister Steve Webb wrote in a recent article that assuming a flat rate pension of £8,000 per year in today's money, that would cost £93.6 bn."


Energy

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  • Ensure that 60% of the UK's energy comes from zero-carbon or renewable sources by 2030
  • A ban on fracking
  • Nuclear power "will continue to be part of the UK energy supply"
  • Introduce an immediate emergency energy price cap to ensure the average dual fuel household energy bill remains below £1,000 per year
  • Maintaining access to the EU's internal energy market and retaining access to nuclear research programme Euratom will be a priority in Brexit negotiations.

Housing

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  • Build over one million more homes, with at least half for social rent
  • Homeowners willbe offered interest free loans to improve their properties
  • Guarantee help to buy funding until 2027 and give locals buying their first home "first dibs on new homes built in their area"
  • Legislate to ban letting agency fees for tenants, and look at giving the Mayor of London power to give London renters "additional security"
  • Make 4,000 additional homes available for rough sleepers to end homelessness.

Transport

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  • Extend high speed rail link HS2 to Scotland
  • Build a new Brighton main line for the SouthEast
  • Build Crossrail 2 - to run north-south through London between Hertfordshire and Surrey - "to ensure our capital continues to prosper"
  • Recognise the need for additional airport capacity in the South East (but there's no mention of Heathrow).

Families and communities

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  • 30 hours free childcare to be extended to two-year-olds and "some" to one-year-olds
  • An end to the so-called "rape clause" - part of the policy of restricting child tax credits to the first two children in a family. It means mothers who have a third child as a result of rape can be exempted, but would have to provide evidence in order to do so
  • A review into reforming council tax and business rates, in favour of options such as a land value tax
  • A national review of local pubs to examine the causes for their large-scale demise, as well as establishing a joint taskforce that will consider future sustainability.

Democracy

  • Labour opposes a second Scottish independence referendum
  • Establish a Scottish Investment Bank, with £20bn for local projects and Scotland's small businesses, creating work and stimulating the economy
  • Build on the Development Bank of Wales using more than £10bn from Labour's new National Investment Bank
  • Continue to fully support the principles and structures inherent within the Good Friday Agreement

Foreign policy/Defence

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  • Support the renewal of the Trident submarine system
  • Work with international partners and the UN on multilateral disarmament "to create a nuclear-free world"
  • Commit to the Nato benchmark of spending at least 2% of GDP on defence
  • Will have a complete strategic defence and security review
  • Insulate the homes of disabled veterans for free.

Migration

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  • Labour will not "scapegoat migrants" and will not set a cap on immigration, describing targets as "bogus"
  • International students will not be included in immigration numbers, but the party will crack down on "fake colleges".
  • Labour believes in the "reasonable management of migration" but "will not make false promises on immigration numbers".

Brexit

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  • Accept the EU referendum result and "build a close new relationship with the EU" prioritising jobs and and workers' rights
  • Guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the UK and work to "secure reciprocal rights" for UK citizens elsewhere in the EU
  • A "meaningful" role for Parliament throughout Brexit negotiations
  • Scrap Conservatives' Brexit White Paper and replace with "fresh negotiating priorities" with strong emphasis on retaining the benefits of the single market and customs union
  • Reject no deal as a viable option and if needs be negotiate transitional arrangements "to avoid a cliff-edge for the UK economy"
  • Keep EU-derived laws on workers' rights, equality, consumer rights and environmental protections
  • Maintain UK's leading research role by seeking to stay part of Horizon 2020 and its successor programmes
  • Seek to maintain membership of European organisations which offer benefits to the UK such as Euratom and the European Medicines Agency
  • Will not allow Brexit to be used as an excuse to undercut UK farmers and flood Britain's food chain with cheap and inferior produce.

The launch

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Labour chose Bradford University to launch its 2017 manifesto. The Farm's 1990s anthem All Together Now - popular at football grounds over recent years - played out as Jeremy Corbyn and his team were brought to the platform amid a standing ovation chanting "Corbyn".

Shadow cabinet minister Sarah Champion introduced the event, describing the Labour leader as "Britain's next prime minister".

Speaking in front of a banner that read "For the many, not the few", surrounded by his shadow cabinet, Mr Corbyn said: "Our country will only work for the many not the few if opportunity is in the hands of the many. So our manifesto is a plan for everyone to have a fair chance to get on in life, because our country will only succeed when everyone succeeds."


Personal pitch

Jeremy Corbyn told the lively audience at Bradford: "This manifesto is a draft for a better future for our country - it's a blueprint of what Britain can be and a pledge for the difference Labour can and will make.

"This is a manifesto for all generations - we're providing hope and genuine opportunity for everybody. I say to our children, whatever the post code you were born in, you will have the same chance as any other child."


What the other parties say:

Conservative Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke: "Jeremy Corbyn's nonsensical ideas simply don't add up - and every single working family in this country would pay for Corbyn's chaos with higher taxes. It's clear that proposal after proposal in this manifesto will mean more borrowing and debt... It is simply not worth taking the risk of this shambles being in charge of our economy and our Brexit negotiations in three weeks' time."

SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson: "Scrapping hospital parking charges, free tuition, publicly-owned water, ending the bedroom tax, increasing renewable energy and expanding free childcare will all seem familiar to voters in Scotland - because they are already happening under an SNP government... No amount of headline-chasing policy announcements can paper over the enormous cracks within the weak and divided Labour party."

Former Lib Dem cabinet minister Alistair Carmichael: "In the biggest fight for the future of our country in a generation, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour let you down by voting with Theresa May on Brexit - not against her... Now they are failing to stand up for our membership of the single market and refusing to give you the final say over the Brexit deal."

Green party co-leader Jonathan Bartley: "Labour is trying to be all things to all people and failing. You can't pour money into Hinkley and create a renewable energy revolution. You can't solve the air pollution crisis while expanding airports and roads. You can't be a peace builder while renewing Trident. You can't transition to a new economic model while hanging onto 20th century ideas where growth is the only answer. It's time Labour embraced our full vision for the future instead of cherry picking a few good Green policies, then contradicting them."

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood: "Labour has shown they are too divided. Their MPs in Wales are just queuing up to stab their leader in the back, so it's up to Plaid Cymru MPs to defend the Welsh national interest."

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall: "Labour has announced plans that are intended to tackle the decline of pubs however, they will do anything but that. Their plans demonstrate a complete lack of joined up thinking. Whilst guaranteeing to list all pubs as assets of community value to help stop them being sold off to supermarket chains and the like is laudable, when combined with an refusal to rule out a rise in beer duty it is nothing but an empty gesture."


Other reaction:

Paul Johnson, Institute of Fiscal Studies: "They're suggesting a £50bn increase in tax which, it were to be implemented by the way, would take the tax burden in this country to the highest level it's been in about 70 years. But actually, there's an awful lot of uncertainty about whether you can actually raise that amount of tax. They are talking about very, very large increases in taxes on companies which would likely reduce the amount of investment that they do. I think the actual amount you could get from these policies certainly runs into the tens of billions, but probably doesn't reach the £50bn that Labour are claiming."

CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn: "Labour's proposals taken as a whole prioritise state intervention over enterprise, and fail to offer the pro-growth and competitiveness agenda the country so badly needs."

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady: "This is an impressive set of pledges from the Labour Party. Their commitments to improve workers' rights and drive up wages would make a real difference to millions of workers. There's clearly a growing political consensus to address issues affecting working people. Decent jobs and fair pay must top of the list for the new government."

British Chamber of Commerce director general Adam Marshall: "High personal taxation, sweeping nationalisation and deep intervention in business decision-making are not the hallmarks of an ambitious and enterprising society. Taken together, some of the headline propositions in the Labour Party manifesto will give business communities across the UK real cause for concern."

Stephen Martin, director general of the Institute of Directors: "Some areas Labour have identified, such as the importance of a sensible immigration policy and investment in infrastructure, are clearly in the country's economic interests. But other policies, like banning zero hour contracts, or introducing pay ratios for companies with government contracts, are worryingly knee-jerk reactions."

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis: "Labour has produced a manifesto that delivers for public services. Ending the pay cap will make a huge difference for hard-pressed public sector employees. Proper investment in the NHS and social care will have a huge impact on patients and staff too. When the other parties unveil their manifestos later this week, they would do well to take a leaf out of Labour's book - and stand up for public services and those who work in them."

Tim Roache, GMB general secretary: "Labour's manifesto is one that would practically change millions of lives. From social care, to housing, to Sure Start and our NHS - it's a manifesto that makes sense for working people. It's a manifesto about fairness and about helping real people to get by and get on in life. It's not paying lip service to the issues people face, it's taking them head on. The country is crying out for change. This is a manifesto that can deliver it. People need to get out there and vote for it."

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