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, the fourth of our posts, we publish details on Jeremy Corbyn’s bid.
Jeremy has circulated a 10 point plan for a fairer and more successful Britain. Here’s the text
‘This is a mix of his main policy commitments and a set of core values to map out a new direction for Labour.
His principal commitment is “a new kind of politics: a fairer, kinder Britain based on innovation, decent jobs and decent public services.”
His ten points that he is standing to deliver are:
• Growth not austerity – with a national investment bank to help create tomorrow’s jobs and reduce the deficit fairly. Fair taxes for all – let the broadest shoulders bear the biggest burden to balance the books.
• A lower welfare bill through investment and growth not squeezing the least well-off and cuts to child tax credits.
• Action on climate change – for the long-term interest of the planet rather than the short-term interests of corporate profits.
• Public ownership of railways and in the energy sector – privatisation has put profits before people.
• Decent homes for all in public and private sectors by 2025 through a big housebuilding programme and controlling rents.
• No more illegal wars, a foreign policy that prioritises justice and assistance. Replacing Trident not with a new generation of nuclear weapons but jobs that retain the communities’ skills.
• Fully-funded NHS, integrated with social care, with an end to privatisation in health.
• Protection at work – no zero hours contracts, strong collective bargaining to stamp out workplace injustice.
• Equality for all – a society that accepts no barriers to everyone’s talents and contribution. An end to scapegoating of migrants.
• A life-long national education service for decent skills and opportunities throughout our lives: universal childcare, abolishing student fees and restoring grants, and funding adult skills training throughout our lives.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Jeremy said: “I have chosen Scotland to set out the values and policies I’m standing to deliver, on the day the ballot papers are sent out, because Scotland is one of several examples of how Labour has become disconnected.
“Labour cannot win in Scotland without change; and Labour cannot have a path back to power that fails to speak to Scotland.
“This plan of the values and ideas I’m standing to deliver are intended to speak to all parts of Britain, not setting one against another as the Tories have done.
“Combined they are a new kind of politics: a fairer, kinder Britain based on innovation, decent jobs and decent public services.”
Jeremy delivered the major speech launching his 10 point plan on Friday in Glasgow. We have been unable to secure a text of that speech. The Livestream we found introduced a virus – so we are not passing on the link. Nor have we been able to watch it and provide a resume. If we find a full text, we’ll publish that soon.
In the meantime, as with Liz Kendall, here’s a link to the BBC’s website resume of his policies
and another to his recent speech here in Leeds