Labour manifesto unveiled: what are the party's key promises?

Ed Miliband at the Road to Copenhagen launch

Labour's manifesto is 86 pages long so here's some of the key pledges the party has made. A link to the full copy is also included.

The manifesto starts with a white blank page with the words written in Labour red:

“Britain only succeeds when working people succeed. This is a plan to reward hard work, share prosperity and build a better Britain. “

Economic credibility is one of the main issues Labour has tried to address with the manifesto. Their first page talks about a Budget Responsibility Lock, saying that “Every policy in this manifesto is paid for. Not one commitment requires additional borrowing.”

An economy for working people (p27)

As already known the party has promise to reinstate the 50p top rate of tax and balance the books by the end of the next parliament by cutting the deficit each year. As mentioned they have said that all changes will require no extra borrowing. They have also pledged to keep “the most competitive corporate tax rates in the G7”. Furthermore, they have also promised an £8 per hour minimum wage by October 2019.

Europe and World (p81)

Labour promises an in/out EU referendum if new powers are to be transferred to Brussels and that Britain should lead and reform the union. On defence the party has pledged to hold a “Strategic Defence and Security Review” within a year of the new government.

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Power to the people (p69)

Labour has pledged to introduce votes for 16-17 year olds by May 2016 and set up a “people-led Constitutional Convention” due to the changing pace of devolution. They have also promised to replace the unelected House Of Lords with an elected Senate of Regions and Nations. Furthermore, for England they have promised to introduce an English Devolution Act to transfer “£30 billion of funding to city and county regions”, along with new powers. They have also pledged to keep to their promise of more powers for Scotland and Wales.

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Education and health (p40)

The party has promised to make mental health a priority and “invest £2.5 billion more that the Conservatives to recruit 8,000 more GPs, 20,000 more nurses and 3,000 more midwives”. They have also pledged to cap class sizes for five-seven year olds and make sure everyone studies Maths and English up to the age of 18.

They will also scrap the coalition's Health and Social Care Act.

Families and Communities (p58)

As already known, Labour have pledged to abolish the bedroom tax and have 200,000 new homes built by the end of the decade. One big pledge is to have a Bankers Bonus Tax to pay for a “compulsory jobs guarantee”. This will mean that every young person unemployed for over a year will get a guaranteed job. If they refuse this job then benefits will be cut.

The party have also promised to stop migrants from claiming benefits until they have lived in the UK for at least two years.

Time for change (p83)

The final chapter highlights that every pledge is fully costed and that in this election the country faces a choice and that Labour will create a country where “everyone plays by the same rules, including those at the top”.

The manifesto ends with this phrase:

“That's what this manifesto offers. It is the kind of country we know we have it in ourselves to be. Let's build it together.”

See the full manifesto here.


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