Labour manifesto: The party 'for the many not the few'

Labour has officially launch its general election manifesto, with the slogan that it is the party “for the many not the few”.

Within the 128-page document, leader Jeremy Corbyn has outlined a number of bold pledges, including the re-nationalisation of the railways, the creation of a National Education Service for England, and a £30 billion cash injection into the NHS over the next parliament.

Other important issues addressed in the manifesto include a ban on zero hours contracts, the building of at least 100,000 council and housing association homes, and the recruiting of 10,000 more police officers.

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At the launch party in Bradford, Jeremy Corbyn said: “Today we set out vision to transform Britain for the 21st century.

“This manifesto is the first draft of a better future for the people of our country. A blueprint of what Britain could be and a pledge of the difference a Labour government can make.

“This is a programme of hope.

“The Tory campaign, by contrast, is built on one word: Fear.”

The manifesto, which was leaked to the national press last week, included a number of pledges for younger and low paid workers, including:

  • 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.

The elderly would also benefit from the party’s plan if they were to be elected on June 8. The party will guarantee state pension triple lock, as well as the winter fuel allowance and free bus passes.

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.”

Brexit is also heavily featured in the plan, with Mr Corbyn promising his party would keep “negotiate a deal that preserves jobs and access to the single market, preserves rights and does not plunge our country into a race to the bottom.”

Speaking of how he would pay for his pledges, he said: “Our revenue-raising plans ensure we can embark on this ambitious programme without jeopardising our national finances.

“We are asking the better-off and the big corporations to pay a little bit more – and, of course, to stop dodging their tax obligations in the first place.

“And in the longer term we look to a faster rate of growth, driven by increased private and public investment, to keep our accounts in shape.”

To read the full manifesto, click the tweet below.

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