Jeremy Corbyn’s leaked draft manifesto: what Labour would do

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Labour would keep Trident, nationalise the railways and phase out tuition fees, among other policies

Details of a draft version of Labours pitch to the country have leaked, with Jeremy Corbyns party hoping to make manifesto commitments to part-nationalise some public utilities and to make funds available for social care.

Below is a summary of what the party leadership would like to do in government.

  • Respect the Brexit referendum result and give a meaningful vote on any deal to parliament. EU citizens living in the UK would have their rights guaranteed unilaterally. Theresa Mays Brexit white paper would be replaced with a plan that aims to retain the benefits of the customs union and single market.
  • Bring parts of the energy industry into public ownership and introduce a local, socially owned energy firm in every area. Also introduce an immediate emergency price cap to make sure dual fuel bills stay below 1,000 a year.
  • Nationalise the railways.
  • Phase out tuition fees.
  • Make more funds available for childcare and social care.
  • Retain the Trident nuclear deterrent. A sentence from earlier drafts saying that a prime minister should be extremely cautious about using a weapon that would kill millions of innocent civilians has been removed.
  • Place peace, universal rights and international law at the heart of foreign policy, while committing to spend 2% of GDP on defence, as required by Nato.
  • Make zero-hours contracts illegal.
  • Build 100,000 new council houses per year.
  • Complete HS2 from London to Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Scotland.
  • Borrow 250bn to invest in infrastructure but stick to the fiscal credibility rule to balance day-to-day spending. Also raise taxes for people earning more than 80,000 and reverse corporation and inheritance-tax cuts.
  • Insulate homes of disabled veterans for free.
  • Extend the right to abortion to Northern Ireland.
  • Oppose a second Scottish referendum.
  • Lower the voting age to 16.
  • Employ 1,000 more border guards.
  • End the badger cull, keep the fox-hunting ban and support a ban on wild animals in circuses, as well as protecting bees by banning neonicotinoids.
  • Extend the Freedom of Information Act to private companies running public services.
  • Review universal credit cuts with a view to reversing them.
  • Recognise the benefit that immigrants have brought but introduce fair rules and reasonable management, working with employers that need to recruit from abroad but deterring exploitation.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/11/leaker-draft-manifesto-jeremy-corbyn-labour-trident

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