"I am ready, ready to put an end to the tired old idea that as long as we look after the rich and powerful we will all be ok. Ready to build a country that works for working people once again. Ready to put into practice the truth that it is only when working people succeed, that Britain succeeds”
The deficit and how Labour intends to tackle it plays a central role in the economy section of the document. The party pledges to:
- "Cut the deficit every year and balance the books as soon as possible in the next Parliament"
- Bring back the 50p top income tax rate for those earning over £150,000
- End the non-dom rule that allows some wealthy UK residents to limit the tax they pay on earnings outside the country
- "Cut and then freeze" business rates
- Guarantee an apprenticeship for all school leavers who attain certain grades and "require any firm that gets a large government contract to offer apprenticeships"
- Ban zero-hours contracts deemed to be "exploitative"
- Freeze energy bills until 2017 and give the regulator powers to cut bills
- Introduce a British Investment Bank
Health and education
The second section of the document focuses on the NHS and education. Labour says it will:
- Invest £2.5bn more than the Tories in health to recruit 8,000 more GPs, 20,000 more nurses and 3,000 more midwives
- Guarantee GP appointments within 48 hours
- Guarantee cancer tests within a week
- Repeal the coalition's "privatisation plans" and cap health service profits
- Create a "gold-standard technical baccalaureate" for 16 to-18-year olds
- Protect the education budgets from early years through to post-16 education
- Ensure all teachers in state schools are qualified
- Cap class sizes for five, six and seven-year-olds
- Ensure all young people study English and maths to age 18
- Appoint directors of school standards
Families and communities
Labour have made a number of promises on childcare, housing and jobs. It pledges to:
- Extend free childcare from 15 to 25 hours for working parents of three and four-year-olds
- Ensure all primary schools guarantee access to childcare from 08:00 to 18:00
- Double paternity leave to four weeks, with paternity pay increased by more than £100 a week
- Build at least 200,000 new homes a year by 2020 with "first priority for local first time buyers"
- Guarantee three-year housing tenancies with a "ceiling on excessive rent rises"
- Scrap housing benefit changes that penalise those with spare rooms (also known as the Bedroom Tax)
- Introduce a compulsory jobs guarantee, which will "provide a paid starter job for every young person unemployed for over a year"
- Stop migrants claiming benefits until they have lived in the UK for two years
- Safeguard over 10,000 frontline police officers over the next three years
Labour promises to devolve powers from Westminster and lower the voting age to 16. It says:
- Establish a "people-led constitutional convention" to look at governance across the UK
- Replace the House of Lords with a senate of nations and regions
- Devolve £30bn of resources and powers to English cities and counties
- Fulfil pledges to devolve further powers to Scotland and Wales
- Give more power to local communities to "shape their high street"
- Ban MPs from holding paid directorships and consultancies
- Create a statutory register of lobbyists
- Require large companies to publish details of their gender pay gap
- Labour will consider introducing a regional benefits cap
- Reform the EU so it "works for Britain"
- Allow no further transfer of powers to Brussels without a referendum
- Hold a Strategic Defence and Security Review in the first year of the next parliament
- Appoint a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender envoy and global envoy for religious freedom
- Outlaw discrimination against Armed Forces members
- Push for a target of net zero global emissions in the second half of this century
- Enshrine the Military Covenant in the NHS constitution
- Establish a a Centre for Universal Health Coverage to provide global support to help countries provide free healthcare.