Unite leader backtracks on claim that 200 seats would be Labour 'success'
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 2:38
Labour's manifesto for Britain's June 8 election was greeted by both supporters and opponents as a return to the party's democratic socialist roots after the business-friendly "New Labour" years under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
Alongside its manifesto, Labour also detailed how it would pay for spending commitments worth nearly 50 billion pounds ($60 billion), through hikes in corporation tax, higher income tax for the top five percent of earners and new levies.
Corbyn claimed "opinion has started to move towards Labour", with opinion polls showing a bump in support for the party.
The party's manifesto for the June 8 General Election envisages extra spending totalling £48.6 billion to pay for priorities like scrapping university tuition fees, raising the minimum wage to £10 an hour and pumping £6 billion a year into schools and £7 billion into health and social care.
Water, energy, railways and the Royal Mail would be nationalised, while a new National Transformation Fund would borrow £250 billion over 10 years to pay for infrastructure improvements including the extension of the HS2 high-speed line to Scotland and a Crossrail for the North linking major northern cities.
There would be no rise in income tax for those earning less than £80,000, and no increases in personal National Insurance or the rate of VAT.
While this is likely to be extremely popular with students, critics will argue that it is a boost for people who are likely to be relatively privileged in later life.
Corbyn promised a Labour government would immediately guarantee the rights of European Union citizens in Britain and reject the threat of walking away from Brexit talks.
Data were gathered as Labour's manifesto launch, which included a raft of spending plans as well as tax hikes for the rich and corporations, was dominating the news agenda on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The party also plans a levy on businesses with staff earning large salaries over £330,000.
The unveiling of the parties' manifestos - containing solid promises on which they can be held to account - is a centerpiece of every British election, involving a speech by the leader in a hall packed with supporters and festooned with party signs.
Hannah Newton, 39, who has lived in Bramley for five years, took her daughter Arrietty, 21 months, to see the Labour leader in person.
The Lib Dems say their manifesto, due out later, will offer young people a "brighter future". Figures on the left of the party want to ensure a left-leaning candidate is ready to stand for the leadership before Corbyn vacates the position. The Tory campaign by contrast is built on one word - fear. But I don't see Labour winning.
"The reality, of course, is that Labour has launched their manifesto - a fantastic manifesto, a manifesto for workers, for ordinary working people and a manifesto which will change Britain for the better".