Congratulations Keir - here are the promises you made to us. We'll be watching (2024)

It’s official: Keir Starmer’s Labour Party has won the 2024 General Election with a landslide victory of 362 seats – marking the first time they’ve been in power for 14 years.

Ahead of polling day, Keir Starmer and his shadow cabinet revealed what the party would do if they secured the keys to Downing Street – covering everything from immigration and the economy to the state of the NHS and employment rates across the country.

The party has been hinting at certain plans for months, and unveiled their six main priorities at a campaign soft-launch event in May.

Among their plans are a freeze on the ‘big three’ taxes, a £1.3 billion injection into NHS services, and the creation of a new Border Security Command to tackle criminal gangs operating small boats in the English Channel.

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At the launch event in Manchester, Mr Starmer said: ‘The choice at this election is another five years of chaos under the Conservatives, with people paying £4,800 more on their mortgages, or change with Labour.

‘It’s time to stop the chaos, turn the page and start rebuilding Britain.’

Here are some of the main points from the Labour manifesto:

  • National security and immigration
  • Economy
  • Work
  • Transport
  • Environment
  • NHS

Labour’s policy on national security and immigration

  • Hire more caseworkers to clear asylum backlog
  • Introduce ‘Martyn’s Law’ to increase security at public events
  • Reduce net migration with ‘appropriate restrictions on visas’

Alongside the new Border Security Command, Labour say they will hire more caseworkers to try and clear the considerable asylum backlog.

As per the manifesto, a Strategic Defence Review will be launched in the first year of a Labour government, while a ‘path would be set out’ to spending 2.5% of GDP on defence – a point of difference with the Tories, who have pledged to do that by 2030.

Martyn’s Law, named after Martyn Hett who died in the 2017 Manchester Arena attack, will also be introduced to increase security measures at public events.

Net migration would be reduced with ‘appropriate restrictions on visas, and by linking immigration and skills policy’, and businesses wanting to address skills shortages with foreign workers would trigger a plan to upskill Brits.

Labour’s economic policy

  • Pledged not to increase VAT, National Insurance and income tax
  • Appoint Covid Corruption Commissioner
  • Capitalise a new National Wealth Fund

Labour’s big tax pledge ahead of the manifesto launch was that none of the ‘big three’ would be increased in the next parliament: that means VAT, National Insurance and income tax.

They have outlined that corporation tax will be capped at 25% for the entire next parliament.

To raise a bit of cash, a Covid Corruption Commissioner would be appointed to recoup the public money that was lost in pandemic-era fraud.

A new National Wealth Fund capitalised with £7.3 billion would be established to invest in ports, car factories, carbon capture and more.

Labour’s policy on work

  • 18 to 21 year-olds would be guaranteed access to training
  • Ban zero-hour contracts
  • Introduce a landmark Race Equality Act

Brits aged between 18 and 21 would be guaranteed access to training, an apprenticeship or help to find work under Labour plans.

Among the measures brought in to help support workers would be the banning of zero-hour contracts; the introduction of basic rights to parental leave, sick pay and protection from unfair dismissal; and the end of fire and rehire.

Age bands for minimum wage would be removed so all adults receive the same amount, and a Labour government would ensure it is a ‘genuinely living wage’, according to the manifesto.

It would also introduce a landmark Race Equality Act to ‘enshrine in law the full right to equal pay for Black, Asian, and other ethnic minority people’, while disabled people would also get a full right to equal pay.

Labour’s transport policy

  • Fix an additional one million potholes
  • Reintroduce the phase-out date of 2030 for new cars
  • Create unified brand of Great British Railways

An additional one million potholes would be fixed in English roads, Labour have said, while the roll-out of electric vehicle charge points would be accelerated.

The party will also reintroduce the phase-out date of 2030 for new cars with internal combustion engines.

Britain’s railways would be brought into public ownership as contracts expire, creating a unified brand of Great British Railways.

Communities would be handed control over bus routes and timetables by handing new powers to local leaders.

Labour’s environmental policy

  • Quadruple offshore wind by 2030
  • No new licences for oil and gas exploration

While the Conservative manifesto promised to treble offshore wind by 2030, Labour says it will quadruple it by the same date – while also doubling onshore wind and trebling solar power.

It’s currently unclear if that means capacity or a different measure.

The party would also aim to get the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station ‘over the line’.

No new licences for oil and gas exploration in the North Sea would be handed out and fracking would be banned for good.

Great British Energy, a new publicly owned power company, would co-invest in clean power tech and ‘deploy local energy production’.

Labour’s NHS policy

  • Spend £1.3 billion on NHS reforms
  • Reduce wait times for key care
  • Provide 700,000 more urgent dental appointments
  • Recruit 8,500 more mental health staff

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Labour has pledged to spend £1.3 billion on NHS reforms, which they say will be funded by closing a tax loophole for non-doms.

The reforms, which take up 12 pages of the party’s manifesto, are mainly targeted at reducing wait times for key care.

Their headline target is to add 40,000 more NHS operations, scans and appointments in England every week – meaning two million a year.

Other goals include doubling the number of CT and MRI scanners.

As part of the effort to move to community-based healthcare, thousands more GPs would be trained and face-to-face appointments would be guaranteed for all those who want one.

The party also wants to provide 700,000 more urgent dental appointments, while 8,500 more mental health staff would be recruited within a first term in government.

Labour also says the National Health Service should move to a ‘Neighbourhood Health Service’, with resources shifted to primary care and community services.

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