In a major speech in Northampton Jeremy Corbyn MP laid out Labour’s alternative for real change across the country. He used the speech to preview Labour’s radical, people-focused programme to rebuild and transform our country.
The main priorities of a next Labour government will be:
- To get Brexit sorted. Labour will immediately legislate for a referendum with two clear options: leaving with a sensible deal or remaining in the EU.
- To reform the economy. A Labour government will put £250 billion of public investment into energy, housing and transport through a National Transformation Fund.
- To raise the minimum wage to £10 an hour for all workers over the age of 16 and extend workers’ rights.
- To create a National Education service providing free education for everyone throughout life.
- To ensure life-saving medicines are available to all by creating a publicly-owned generic drug manufacturer. Labour will also provide free prescriptions in England.
- To introduce free personal care, the first step to creating a National Care Service.
- To scrap Universal Credit, ending the benefit cap, the two-child limit and the five-week wait for payment.
- To build a million genuinely affordable homes over ten years, the majority for social rent, with the biggest council house-building programme in a generation.
- To end rough sleeping and ensure tower blocks are safe to live in following Grenfell.
- To tackle violent crime. A Labour government will increase the number of police officers and guarantee every young person has access to youth services in their community.
- To bring rail, mail, water and the energy grid into public ownership.
- To invest in public transport, reinstating bus routes and maintaining the pensioner bus pass.
- To entrench Labour’s commitment to climate change by updating the Climate Change Act, reducing emissions to make way for a Green Industrial Revolution.
- To introduce a War Powers Bill to ensure no prime minister can bypass Parliament to take the country to war.
We want to know what policies you would like to see from the next Labour government. Labour Policy Forum is our online home of policy development where you can submit and discuss your ideas. Make a submission here: www.policyforum.labour.org.uk/make-a-submission