Labour Manifesto 2017 key points: from tuition fees to Brexit

The party’s plans and pledges in full

Harriet Line
Tuesday 16 May 2017 17:54
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Jeremy Corbyn poses with a copy of the Labour election manifesto after the launch in Bradford
Jeremy Corbyn poses with a copy of the Labour election manifesto after the launch in Bradford

Tax

:: No income tax rises for those earning below £80,000 a year – but “top 5 per cent of earners will be asked to contribute more in tax” to fund public services

:: No rise in personal National Insurance Contributions or the rate of VAT

:: Lower small profits rate of corporation tax will be reintroduced to protect small businesses

Deficit

:: Target of “eliminating the Government's deficit on day-to-day spending within five years”

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:: Ensure national debt is lower at the end of the next Parliament than at present

Infrastructure

:: National Transformation Fund will be created to invest £250bn over 10 years to upgrade economy

:: Complete HS2 high-speed rail line, and link the project with other rail investments such as Crossrail of the North and the Durham Freight Centre

:: Build a new Brighton Main Line for South-east

:: Rail electrification and expansion across the country

Brexit

:: Scrap Conservatives' Brexit White Paper and replace with “fresh negotiating priorities” with strong emphasis on retaining benefits of single market and customs union

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:: Labour government would “immediately guarantee” existing rights for all EU nationals in Britain

:: It would “reject 'no deal' as a viable option”

Immigration

:: Labour will not “scapegoat migrants” and will not set a cap on immigration, describing targets as “bogus”

(Yui Mok/PA)

:: International students will not be included in immigration numbers, but the party will crack down on “fake colleges”

Education

:: Labour will create a National Education Service for England to incorporate all forms of education

:: Overhaul existing childcare system and extend the 30 hours of free childcare to all two-year-olds

Parents of younger children have been promised 30 hours free childcare

:: Labour promises to reduce class sizes to “less than 30” for five-, six- and seven-year-old children

:: Devolve responsibility for skills to city regions or devolved administrations

:: Scrap university tuition fees and reintroduce maintenance grants for students

Work

:: Zero hours contracts will be banned to guarantee workers a “number of hours each week”

:: Maximum pay ratios of 20:1 to be rolled out in public sector

:: Four new public holidays to mark national patron saints' days

:: Raise minimum wage to “at least £10 per hour by 2020”

:: Ban unpaid internships

:: The party will “clamp down on bogus self-employment” and extend rights of employees to all workers - including shared parental pay

Social

:: Labour will guarantee state pension triple lock, as well as the winter fuel allowance and free bus passes

(Matt Cardy/Getty)

:: “Rejects” proposal to increase state pension age further

:: Cuts to bereavement support payment will be scrapped, as will the bedroom tax and the “punitive sanctions regime”, while housing benefit for under-21s will be reintroduced

Housing

:: Build at least 100,000 council and housing association homes a year by end of the next parliament, for “genuinely affordable rent or sale”

:: Guarantee Help to Buy funding until 2027 and give locals buying their first home “first dibs on new homes built in their area”

(Yui Mok/PA)

:: 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

Health

:: One million people will be taken off NHS waiting lists by “guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks”

:: Free parking in NHS England will be funded by increasing tax on private medical insurance premiums

:: 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

Crime

:: Recruit 10,000 more police officers, and will work to “eliminate institutional biases against BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) communities”

The Met Police Commissioner, Ms Dick, also spoke of ‘hundreds and hundreds’ of arrests

:: Reintroduce “effective judicial oversight” on how and when investigatory powers are used, when “the circumstances demand that our collective security outweighs an individual freedom”

Utilities

£626m was paid to non-employee private shareholders between October 2013 and the end of the last financial year,

:: Labour will bring energy supply networks, the water system and Royal Mail, as well as private rail companies, back into public ownership

Defence

:: Commit to spending at least 2 per cent of GDP on defence

:: Support renewal of Trident nuclear deterrent, but Labour will “lead multilateral efforts with international partners and the UN to create a nuclear-free world”

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