As Labour leadership ballot papers start to land on our doormats, we are seeking the most comprehensive statements from each of the four candidates – as ever, to help all members and supporters make their choice. In this second of our posts, we publish details of Andy Burnham’s bid.

Andy has published a detailed manifesto.
This graphic captures some of its main points.
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You can read it –
‘A Radical Labour Vision for the 21st Century’
– and hear him talking about it – here
http://www.andy4labour.co.uk/manifesto

Its main headlines include
– a balanced Labour plan for a sustainable economy, based on growth and investment, fair pay, a re-balanced tax system and a labour market that works for all + an industrial strategy devised and delivered in partnership with business and trade union, with government investment in infrastructure and the green economy.
– tackling inequalities – for women in the workplace, and the young including abolishing the youth rate of National minimum wage, banning forced zero hours contracts and unpaid internships.
– a new Beveridge-style commission – to look at new ways of paying for social care, a graduate tax, examining the case for a Land Value Tax to replace business rates.
– Parity between academic and technical education, restoring local role in overseeing schools, rejecting growing market of free schools and academies.
– An affordable home for all to rent or own – by lifting borrowing caps that prevent local authorities building more social housing; government-backed rent to own mortgages, requiring no deposit; devolving real power to local communities to regulate the private rented sector – including the power to introduce rent controls.
– Affordable and reliable transport – a new National Rail governing body to end the fragmentation of privatisation – ensuring a truly unified rail and ticketing system; allowing a publicly-owned operator to take on lines – with possibility of progressive re-nationalisation of railways. Proper bus regulation with powers handed back to local government through combined authorities.
– A National Health and Care system – extending the NHS principle to social care, everyone contributing according to means producing a system which supports people with dementia or autism as well as it treats cancer.
– Equality for all – with a cross-government strategy on hate crime, from schools to social media, tackling anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. A diverse front bench – plus bringing in more MPs from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds. A Shadow Cabinet balanced between women and men, appointing a woman as Shadow First Secretary of State. Better support for part-time workers – including raising the number of quality part-time and job share roles, extending right to request flexible working to day one of the job.
– A blanket statutory pardon for all those like Alan Turing convicted of ‘gross indecency’, tackling homophobic bullying in schools.
– Devo-max for local government – freedom to borrow to build; councils to become the single local commissioner with the combined budget for public services, robust local oversight of all schools, local areas in the driving seat of transport planning.
– Voting at 16
– Looking to introduce a system of indirect election to House of Lords – based on votes cast in general Election, but while Commons is First Past the Post, Lords would be proportional. Every vote would count.

Some specifics
– Opposing the Welfare Bill – defending tax credits, standing up for the eradication of child poverty, protecting the disabled. The cost of welfare would be reduced by building more houses and boosting skills to get people into work.
– A moratorium on fracking until there is clearer evidence on its impact – local communities not Whitehall to have the final say
– Standing up for Unions – fighting the Tories demonisation of the Unions every step of the way.
– Pro EU – but with a distinctive Labour campaign –opposing any Tory attempts to weaken employment rights guaranteed under EU law
– Three reforms to address legitimate concerns about EU migration – time restrictions on access to benefits or social housing; preventing under-cutting of wages, pushing for EU funding to support public services in communities most affected.
– Restoring access to justice, scrapping unfair system of employment tribunal fees, and urgent review of civil legal aid to ensure everyone can access quality legal advice.
– Challenging TTIP – exemption of all public services, fighting proposals for private tribunals, and a tough stance – no guarantees of Labour support until we see final text.

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