UK Labour Party manifesto draft leaked

Dhaka,  Tue,  27 June 2017
Published : 11 May 2017, 19:42:32 | Updated : 11 May 2017, 19:44:11
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UK Labour Party manifesto draft leaked

UK Labour Party manifesto draft leaked
A draft of UK Labour Party's general election manifesto has been leaked. It reveals plans to nationalise parts of the energy industry and scrap tuition fees.

The BBC says it has seen a copy of the document due to be signed off on Thursday.

It contains policies on nationalising railways and renewing the Trident weapons system and suggests Labour will not leave the EU without a deal.

The shadow chancellor said the leak was "disappointing" but the Tories called it "a shambles".

Leaving a meeting where about 80 Labour figures were agreeing the final manifesto, shadow minister Jon Trickett told reporters "an exciting document is emerging" which would "speak to the whole country".

On energy, Labour would have at least one publicly-owned supplier in every region of the country, with the government controlling the transmission and distribution grids.

First it would introduce an "immediate emergency price cap" of £1,000 a year.

The draft manifesto also promises to ban fracking and cut the voting age to 16.

The document restates the existing policy to renew Trident but commits a Labour government to a defence review which would allow opponents to question the position on the nuclear weapons system.

It also says Labour would "negotiate transitional arrangements to avoid a cliff-edge for the UK economy" if no Brexit deal was reached during talks with the EU.

It is still in the process of being approved by around 80 Labour figures, including the shadow cabinet and the party's National Executive Committee.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said he did not know who was behind the leak, which he called "disappointing".
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