Today Ed Miliband launched our 2015 election manifesto. This is the front cover:
Labour’s manifesto starts from the idea that Britain only succeeds when working people succeed.
It shows how, by securing the nation’s finances, we are able to improve the family finances of the working people of Britain.
This is our plan to:
✔ Secure the nation’s finances
✔ Reward hard work
✔ Share prosperity
✔ Improve family finances
✔ Build a future for the next generation
✔ Save the NHS
Our manifesto starts with a Budget Responsibility Lock guaranteeing that every policy is paid for without a single penny of extra borrowing. There will also be no rise in VAT and no rise in National Insurance. People want change, a better future, but they want to know we can make progress while securing the nation’s finances.
We have not made any unfunded promises as the Conservatives have done. There is nothing more dangerous for the NHS than saying you’ll protect it with no idea where the money is coming from. Labour are the party of change but also the party of responsibility too.
The policies in this manifesto will make a real difference to people in Stockton South.
It is our commitment to make Britain better for you, for your family, for your community.
Our policies include:
Securing the nation’s finances by reducing the deficit every year
Raising the minimum wage to more than £8 by October 2019
Freezing rail fares in the first year of a Labour Government while we reform the railways
Banning exploitative zero hour contracts
Freezing energy bills until 2017 whilst we reform the energy market
Cutting business rates helping small and medium sized businesses
Cutting tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000
Scrapping the 'non-dom' tax status
Scrapping the Bedroom Tax
Introducing a National Primary Childcare Service and giving working parents of 3 and 4 year olds 25 hours free childcare
Protecting tax credits for working families
More doctors, nurses and midwives ensuring the NHS has time to care
Supporting the squeezed middle by pledging not to raise income tax, National Insurance or VAT
You can read the full manifesto here, and summaries of all the key areas will be on my policies page over the next few days.