Britain's Labour Party unveils 'radical' election manifesto

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 27, 2017

Thanking the crowd for their support, Mr Corbyn said it was inspiring to see so many people turning out to back the party's campaign before talking about some of the manifesto policies for "an alternative way forward"; including education, scrapping tuition fees, childcare and free school meals for all primary school children. It's about people working together for the common good and for better politics in this country, reaching out to millions of people who feel disenfranchised with politics in our country.

"Jeremy Corbyn can't deliver any of this", a Tory spokesman said.

Critics say the move leftwards stirs memories of the party's 1983 manifesto, described then by a Labour lawmaker as "the longest suicide note in history" for helping the Conservatives, and some have questioned how the party can fund its program.

The poll follows a Business Insider / GfK poll published on Wednesday which showed Labour trailing the Conservatives by 20 points, but with Corbyn's approval numbers on the rise.

And, in a comment that will infuriate many Labour activists and MPs, Mr McCluskey said: "I believe that if Labour can hold on to 200 seats or so it will be a successful campaign".

The community centre was full to capacity with supporters keen to hear the party leader's vision.

"I think it's radical without being extreme".

"He's got now just under four weeks to try to see if you can break through that image and it's going to be a very, very hard task.whether that breakthrough can happen, we'll wait and see".

In a sign of the pressures within the Labour camp as it continues to trail in the polls, he told the Politico website: "I don't see Labour winning".

However, Mr Lewis indicated however that Mr Corbyn should ultimately pass on the leadership, saying he should hand down the party "in good order".

It's perhaps telling that JME hasn't even directly endorsed Corbyn - he simply wants young people from different backgrounds to become more engaged with the political process, and saw the Labour politician as a means to open that conversation.

Labour promised to renationalise the railways, water companies and part of the energy sector in what critics said was a throwback to an era of far greater state intervention in the economy in the 1970s.

But the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said it was "genuinely uncertain" whether increases to income tax would raise the £6.4bn Labour has earmarked, adding that they represented a "big increase" for high earners.

The manifesto included a tax increase from 40% to 45% for salaries of between £80,000 (94,000 euros, $103,000) and £123,0000 a year, above which there will be a new 50% top rate of income tax.

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