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Labour General Election 2017 manifesto: key points

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What is the Labour Party proposing on tax, Brexit, education, the NHS and defence?

Here are the key points from the Labour manifesto:

Tax

:: No income tax rises for those earning below £80,000 a year – but “top 5% of earners will be asked to contribute more in tax” to fund public services.

:: No rise in personal National Insurance Contributions or the rate of VAT.

:: Lower small profits rate of corporation tax will be reintroduced to protect small businesses.

Deficit

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:: Target of “eliminating the government’s deficit on day-to-day spending within five years”.

:: Ensure national debt is lower at the end of the next Parliament than at present.

Infrastructure

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:: National Transformation Fund will be created to invest £250 billion over 10 years to upgrade economy.

:: Complete HS2 high-speed rail line, and link the project with other rail investments such as Crossrail of the North and the Durham Freight Centre.

:: Build a new Brighton Main Line for South East.

:: Rail electrification and expansion across the country.

Brexit

:: Scrap Conservatives’ Brexit White Paper and replace with “fresh negotiating priorities” with strong emphasis on retaining Single Market and Customs Union.

:: Labour government would “immediately guarantee” existing rights for all EU nationals in Britain.

:: It would “reject ‘no deal’ as a viable option”.

Immigration

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(Steve Parsons/PA)

:: Labour will not “scapegoat migrants” and will not set a cap on immigration, describing targets as “bogus”.

:: International students will not be included in immigration numbers, but the party will crack down on “fake colleges”.

Education

:: Labour will create a National Education Service for England to incorporate all forms of education.

:: Overhaul existing childcare system and extend the 30 hours of free childcare to all two-year-olds.

:: Labour promises to reduce class sizes to “less than 30” for five, six and seven-year-old children.

:: Devolve responsibility for skills to city regions or devolved administrations.

:: Scrap university tuition fees and reintroduce maintenance grants for students.

Work

:: Zero hours contracts will be banned to guarantee workers a “number of hours each week”.

:: Maximum pay ratios of 20:1 to be rolled out in public sector.

:: Four new public holidays to mark national patron saints’ days.

:: Raise minimum wage to “at least £10 per hour by 2020”.

:: Ban unpaid internships.

:: The party will “clamp down on bogus self-employment” and extend rights of employees to all workers – including shared parental pay.

Social

:: Labour will guarantee state pension triple lock, as well as the Winter Fuel Allowance and free bus passes.

:: “Rejects” proposal to increase state pension age further.

:: Cuts to Bereavement Support Payment will be scrapped, as will the Bedroom Tax and the “punitive sanctions regime”, while the Housing Benefit for under-21s will be reintroduced.

Housing

:: Build at least 100,000 council and housing association homes a year by end of the next parliament, for “genuinely affordable rent or sale”.

:: Guarantee Help to Buy funding until 2027 and give locals buying their first home “first dibs on new homes built in their area”.

:: Legislate to ban letting agency fees for tenants, and look at giving the Mayor of London power to give London renters “additional security”.

:: Make 4,000 additional homes available for rough sleepers to end homelessness.

Health

:: One million people will be taken off NHS waiting lists by “guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks”.

:: Free parking in NHS England will be funded by increasing tax on private medical insurance premiums.

:: Scrap NHS pay cap.

:: NHS will receive more than £30 billion in extra funding over the next parliament.

:: Mental health budgets will be ring-fenced, and Labour will ensure all children in secondary schools have access to a counselling service.

Crime

:: Recruit 10,000 more police officers, and will work to “eliminate institutional biases against BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) communities”.

:: Reintroduce “effective judicial oversight” on how and when investigatory powers are used, when “the circumstances demand that our collective security outweighs an individual freedom”.

Utilities

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(Nick Ansell/PA)

:: Labour will bring energy supply networks, the water system and Royal Mail, as well as private rail companies, back into public ownership.

Defence

:: Commit to spending at least 2% of GDP on defence.

:: Support renewal of Trident nuclear deterrent, but Labour will “lead multilateral efforts with international partners and the UN to create a nuclear-free world”.

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