Briefing from Labour: Manifesto launch – it’s time for real change
Today, Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, will launch Labour’s General Election manifesto as the “most radical and ambitious plan to transform our country in decades”, declaring “it’s time for real change.”
It is a manifesto of hope, full of popular policies that the political establishment has blocked for a generation. One third of Britain’s billionaires have donated to the Conservative Party. Ask yourself why, and why they attack Labour so ferociously. If they thought we represented politics as usual, they wouldn’t bother. They’re scared of real change. We accept their opposition because we will make those at the top pay their fair share of tax; we’ll give Britain a pay rise; we’ll build a million homes, empower tenants and control rents; we’ll make sure the big polluters pay their fair share of the costs of their destruction and build the healthy, green economy of the future; we’ll end NHS privatisation; we’ll bring rail, mail, water and energy into public ownership and run them for the people; and we’ll give everyone the fastest full-fibre broadband for free. That’s real change.
People can trust us to do all this because we’re opposed by the vested interests who, with the Tories, have held our communities and our country back. We’ll deliver real change for the many, and not the few. That’s what this manifesto is all about. And people know that with Labour, they can have this plan for real change because they don’t need money to buy it. They just need a vote – and their vote can be more powerful than the wealth of the billionaires.
A Green Industrial Revolution is at the heart of Labour’s plans to transform Britain. This election could be our last chance to introduce the sweeping changes we need to save our planet. We will act with the urgency the climate and environment emergency demands in a way that makes a real difference to people’s lives: solar panels on homes to bring down energy bills; free bus travel for under 25s to reduce car journeys; and interest free loans for electric vehicles.
We will bring the country together to face this challenge and mobilise all our national resources, both financial and human.Just as the original Industrial Revolution brought cutting edge industry and jobs to our towns, Labour’s world-leading Green Industrial Revolution will create rewarding, well-paid jobs and whole new industries to revive parts of our country that have been neglected for too long.”
Labour’s manifesto that we are releasing today outlines how we will bring this vision into reality. After nearly a decade of Conservative failure, it’s time for real change – it’s time for a Labour government.