Politicians welcome Labour's clear election commitment to Gib

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

The party has climbed from 26 to 34 points, while the Conservatives hold steady on 49 per cent.

Theresa May was confronted by a fan of Jeremy Corbyn's manifesto as she took calls from the public in a "telephone town hall" event.

However, the Labour leader has said that Trident will be part of a defence review if Labour wins the election, raising the prospect that it could still be scrapped.

Mr McCluskey's remarks will also be seen by Mr Corbyn's enemies in the party as evidence that the Labour leadership has all but given up hope of winning the election, despite claims that he is fighting to win.

"In terms of the imagery of Jeremy, that's a huge task", Politico quoted him as saying. While many of Labour's policies are popular - among them, renationalizing some rail, energy and utility companies - the party faces hard questions about how it plans to fulfill its pledges without large increases in taxes and government borrowing.

Jeremy Corbyn at the launch in Bradford of the Labour Party manifesto for the General Election.

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She also dodged a question on bus passes for the elderly, telling Shirley from Cheltenham that she would have to wait for the Tory manifesto later this week to see if they were being kept.

According to an IPSOS Mori poll, published by the Evening Standard, Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party are at 49 percent, while the Labour Party has gained eight points, growing to 34 percent, its highest poll rating so far in its campaign.

Asked what success would look like in Scotland where Labour had just one MP, Ms Dugdale said: "I am not going to put a number on it because I haven't produced a list of target seats". But its analysis also warned it was "highly uncertain" that income tax rises would bring in the £6.4bn that Labour expects. "Labour will move Britain forward with ambitious plans to unlock the country's potential". Under the Tories, working families are set to be on average over £1,400 a year worse off while those at the top have been given tax breaks worth tens of billions of pounds.

Guided by the strapline "For The Many: Not The Few", Corbyn's manifesto seeks to impose £50 billion in annual tax rises for top United Kingdom earners (+ £80,000 per year), combined with a return to nationalising United Kingdom civic services such as the Royal Mail, National Grid and transport sectors.

Ms Dugdale said that while the SNP "has done nothing to stop austerity", Labour's proposals would redistribute wealth across the UK.

As well as ring-fencing mental health budgets, a Labour government would increase the proportion spent on children's mental health services, the manifesto states.

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