Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn took to the podium in front of a packed Birmingham audience to announce his parties 2019 manifesto, after being introduced to the stage by Salford & Eccles candidate Rebecca Long Bailey.
In what Labour is billing as a 'Manifesto of Hope', the party has put forward its pledges to the country as it bids to take power away from the Tories in the upcoming General Election.
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During his speech, Corbyn promised a Green Transformation of the economy, although plans to make the UK zero carbon by 2030 were scaled back.
There were even plans set out for a windfall tax upon the oil firms but this has led some to suggest that any such taxes would simply be passed on to the drivers via the forecourts. The one-off levy is aimed at jump starting the process of transforming Britain into a green economy on a path to reduce its carbon emissions.
Labour pledges to renegotiate a new Brexit deal which would retain a close relationship to the EU, which would then be put to the people via a second legally binding referendum.
Other items in the manifesto (Link Above) include,
£75bn spent over five years on 150,000 new council and social homes.
A £10 'real living wage'
EU nationals would get the automatic right to stay in the UK
Free broadband which would be delivered by the part nationalisation of BT
Primary school class sizes cut to just 30 children per class
Reinstatement of free BBC licences for those over 75 years-old
Retention of the Trident Nuclear Defence System and increased spending of up to 2% GDP on defence.
Lowering the voting age to 16.
As well as pledges on reinstating local bus routes, maternity pay length increases and the introduction of a second homes tax.
It is estimated that Labours spending plans could see an extra £83bn added to the government spend by 2024.
The party claims it will raise that amount by targeting the top percentage of earners.
Mr Corbyn said,
“Over the next three weeks, the most powerful people in Britain and their supporters are going to tell you that everything in this manifesto is impossible,
“That it’s too much for you. Because they don’t want real change. Why would they? The system is working just fine for them. It’s rigged in their favour.
“When you’re serious about real change, those who profit from a rigged system, who squirrel away the wealth created by millions of people, won’t give up without a fight."
However the event was overshadowed by the Conservative Party who have been accused of dirty tricks after launching their own online version of the manifesto, which mocked Labours policies.
The website claims to outline 'All you need to know about Labours 2019 manifesto', taking swipes at the cost of its rivals plans as well as its stance on Brexit.
It claims that over the next five years, Labour has committed to a spending splurge of £1.2 trillion which will cost the tax payers in their pockets by up to £2,400 in added tax per year. Something the Labour Party refutes.
Boris Johnson has been quick to condemn what he calls Labour's 'Reckless Spending Splurge' which would cripple the country.