UK Politics

General Election 2017: Labour’s Manifesto

Written by Callum Williams

Renationalisation

Labour has pledged to renationalise the Royal Mail, energy companies, the train network and water companies. Although all of these bar the railways will cost money however, all these services are essential and fundamental utilities which, are currently being exploited by multi-national corporation whose thoughts are profit not public interest. This leads to rising prices and falling quality of services causing many people to go without warmth in the winter months for example. We built this infrastructures so we should control them not the corporations. Labour’s plans to renationalise these services will cost money but they will help people and improve utility quality and access significantly.

Workers’ Rights

A key point of the Manifesto is ending ‘zero hour’ contracts (which, do not guarantee workers a set number of hours per week leading to uncertainty and poverty), introduce four new bank holidays and plans to raise the minimum wage to £10. Labour pledges to end unpaid internships, introducing a mandatory highest to lowest pay ratio of 1:20 in the public sector, give all employee’s equal rights, guarantee trade unions’ right to access the work place and abolish employment tribunals fees to allow everyone their fundamental human right, their right to justice.

Economy and Tax

Labour will raise extra money for public services by increasing corporation taxes (except for some smaller business). They will also increase income tax on the top 5% of earners as well as setting up a National Investment Bank and a National Transformation fund to invest in the economy and infrastructure.

Health and Social Care

Labour pledges to invest £30bn in extra-funding for the NHS over the course of the next parliament which, they plan to raise from their tax increases. They plan to scrap hospital parking fees, a horrendous tax on hard-working essential workers and the sick and their families. Labour also pledges to remove the NHS pay cap which, has left nurses going to food banks. They pledges to provide safe staffing levels and reduce the number of people waiting on waiting lists by “guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks”. Mental health services have been criticised throughout the country with teens suicides skyrocketing. Labour have pledged ‘ring-fence’ mental health budgets and ensure all school children have access to ‘counselling services’.

Education

Labour have promised abolish tuition fees, reduce class sizes to ‘less than 30’ for all 5-7 year olds, extend 30 hours of free childcare to all two year olds, as well as providing free schools meals for all primary children (paid for by adding VAT to private school fees).

Pensions and Social Security

Labour plans to reinstate housing benefits for under 21s and scrap the bedroom tax, a horrible tax on the disabled. They will also scrap cuts to bereavement support payments. They also have pledged to guarantee the triple lock on pensions, keep the winter fuel subside and free bus passes for the elderly, Labour also promised not to raise the national retirement age

Transportation

Labour plans to invest in transport hugely by extending HS2 to Scotland, constructing a new Brighton main line and build cross-rail 2.

Housing

Labour pledges to build at least one million more homes with half having ‘social-rent’. Homeowners will be offered interest free loans for expansions and guarantee funding until 2027 for help to buy and pledge to end homelessness by making an additional 4,000 homes available for people sleeping rough on the streets.

Energy

Labour pledge to ban fracking and continue nuclear energy. They pledge that by 2030 60% of the UK’s energy will come from sources that are either renewable or release no green house gases. They will also introduce an emergency and immediate fuel price cap.

Defense

Labour plans to renew the trident system however, it wants to work with the UN and others on a nuclear disarmament “to create a nuclear-free world”. They pledge to continue the Nato commitment of spending 2% of GDP on defence.

Brexit

Perhaps the most dominant issue of the election – probably not rightly so – Labour pledges to accept the democratic decision and leave the EU and “build a close new relationship with the EU” . They plan to scrap the Tories’ white paper for Brexit and start a new one from scratch. They will priorities EU citizens rights in the UK and vice-versa. They pledge to keep many EU derived laws and make sure parliament has ‘a meaningful role’ throughout the process. They also plan to remain part of research projects such as Horizon 2020 and EU agencies that benefit the UK such as Euratom and the European Medicines Agency.

Democracy

Labour are pledging radical reforms for democracy including establishing ‘a Constitutional Convention to examine and advise on reforming of the way Britain works at a fundamental level.’ and potentially even ‘ [considering the option of] a more federalised country’. Labour also plans to reduce the voting age to 16 giving millions of young people a voice. They also pledged to extend the power of the Freedom of Information Act to private corporations who run public services.

Other Policies

Labour oppose an Indy Ref 2, create a Scottish investment bank, end the rape clause, electrify the railways, hire 3,000 more firefighters and 10,000 police officers, recruit 3,000 more prison officers and immediately stop the immoral sale of arms to the oppressive regime of Saudi Arabia.

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Callum Williams

3 Comments

  • Where’s the money for Corbyn’s socialist utopia coming from? Hmmm… crazy tax rates & crippling borrowing. Oh, and what about clueless foreign policy & lack of legitimacy as a negotiator? I’m not saying that the Tories in office currently are any good, but they must be a little better than the economic chaos Corbyn (&momentum) would cause as PM?

    • Do you really want your prime minister to be a man who on a radio program can’t even remember his basic facts and figures?

  • Ahhh, the classic “well at least Corbyn turned up to the debates” line returns… Ok then, let’s talk about Jezza’s performance in the debates of which you speak – thoroughly out-done by leaders of parties too small to justify voting for (wasted votes and all that, right?), so what did Mr Corbyn’s participation actually prove? In my opinion, those farcical squabbles* over Brexit policy showed us the dire need for the emergence of a legitimate party in the centre ground (something Farron was clearly unable to provide and it’s yet to be seen if Cable can change that) rather than proving Corbyn’s debating credentials. As someone I presume to very intelligent, i can’t understand how you consider the policies outlined in Momentum, sorry, Labour’s manifesto to be economically viable, however, if you can show me the numbers by which such an economic framework could work, it is certainly an idea to which, if workable, i absolutely subscribe. Similarly, with regards to WMD’s, i actually agree with Corbyn’s basic ideology, however, to somewhat summarise your very insightful piece about our instinctive unwillingness to take action against gender inequality, we don’t live in a perfect world where pacifism & peace are considered paramount by those in power. Therefore i believe it to be impossible to implement such radical reform unless every country currently holding or developing nuclear warheads put down theirs too, which, if we’re being honest with ourselves (as the current Labour party rarely is), isn’t going to happen. You see, everyone’s favourite socialist (and those around him) make their policies to fit in with a wonderful world which doesn’t exist, and someone who lives in political dreamland doesn’t strike me as someone i believe is fit to run our country during times of such turbulence. I’m afraid that, however “mainstream” it may be, my understanding of the current landscape of both British & Worldwide politics is that it is pretty grim, thus someone still living in the pre 9/11 era of booming economies, imminent world peace and globalisation (ok… maybe i’m slightly exaggerating, but you get my point) doesn’t have a sufficient understanding of the depressing world in which we live to allow him to rule during times whose existence he denies. Here endeth my rant.

    *Amber Rudd’s showing in the PM’s stead wasn’t exactly awe-inspiring either, i know… and, as i said before May’s Tories are almost as bad as Jezza, if not worse in some ways – it was a choice of least worst at the most recent election.

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