Labour manifesto newest: Keir Starmer launches election blueprint


Sir Keir Starmer will today tell the nation that creating wealth will be his top priority as Prime Minister as he launches the Labour Party’s manifesto in Manchester.

Mr Starmer will insist his party has a plan for economic growth as he sets out his election blueprint that includes policies to recruit more teachers, increase NHS appointments and toughened border security.

The Labour leader will also seek to capitalise on a poll last night that found most voters believed he performed better than Rishi Sunak in a Sky News‘ leaders event at Grimsby Town Hall.

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Breaking:Starmer heckled by climate protester at start of manifesto launch

Sir Keir Starmer was heckled by a climate protester as he began his speech to launch his party’s manifesto in Manchester, with the demonstrator swiftly escorted out.

Starmer on stage at Labour manifesto

Keir Starmer is now speaking on stage at the Labour manifesto.

Pictured: Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner at Labour manifesto launch

Here are some pictures of the Labour leader Keir Starmer and deputy Angela Rayner at the Labour Party launch in Manchester.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer and Deputy Leader Angela Rayner arrive to launch Labour's general election manifesto on June 13, 2024 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Labour is consistently leading the polls by over 20 points, according to the latest YouGov data. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
British opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer looks on at the launch of the Labour Party's manifesto, in Manchester, Britain, June 13, 2024. REUTERS/Phil Noble
British opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer and deputy leader Angela Rayner react at the launch of the Labour Party's manifesto, in Manchester, Britain, June 13, 2024. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Iceland CEO: I like what I see from Labour

Ms Rayner handed over to Richard Walker, the CEO of Iceland, who says he likes what he sees from Labour

He said that under the Tories there had been ‘endless infighting and broken promises’

The Tories are out of ideas. Only Labour can change this country’s trajectory of dismal economic proformance.

Mr Walker previously backed the Tories but switched allegiance to Labour earlier this year.

Angela Rayner takes stage at Labour manifesto launch

Labour deputy Angela Rayner is speaking on stage as the election manifesto is launched.

She says growth would be delivered ‘in every corner of the country’ under Labour.

We have changed the Labour Party, and with this manifesto, we can change Britain.

She said Labour knows ‘the task at hand is daunting’ but promised it would never take power in government ‘for granted’.

Ms Rayner said:

When we deliver growth, it will be in every corner of the country.

Today we publish our plan for the change we need to meet the challenges ahead.

Our chance to end the chaos, turn the page and start a new chapter. What we now ask is to make that change a reality.

Pictured: Labour to launch election manifesto

We’re now waiting to hear from Labour at the election manifesto launch in Manchester but here’s a picture of Sir Keir Starmer holding the physical document with members of his shadow cabinet.

EMBARGOED TO 1100 THURSDAY JUNE 13 Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer with shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves (centre left) and deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner (centre right), with the shadow cabinet ahead of the launch of the Labour party's manifesto at Co-op HQ in Manchester, while on the General Election campaign trail. Picture date: Thursday June 13, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLITICS Election Labour. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Starmer to unveil manifesto at 11am

We’re now just minutes away from Labour launching its general election manifesto in Manchester.

We will bring you updates from throughout the launch.

Pictured: Sunak in Italy for G7 summit

While Sir Keir Starmer is in full on campaign mode with the launch of the Labour manifesto, the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has swapped Britain for Bari as he heads to the G7 summit in Italy.

Mr Sunak will today take a break from campaigning as he meets world leaders including US President Joe Biden.

Here are some pictures from the event:

FASANO, ITALY - JUNE 13: U.S. President Joe Biden (L) speaks with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (C) and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida as they arrive during a welcome ceremony on day one of the 50th G7 summit at Borgo Egnazia on June 13, 2024 in Fasano, Italy. The G7 summit in Puglia, hosted by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, the seventh held in Italy, gathers leaders from the seven member states, the EU Council, and the EU Commission. Discussions will focus on topics including Africa, climate change, development, the Middle East, Ukraine, migration, Indo-Pacific economic security, and artificial intelligence. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
From left : President of the European Council Charles Michel, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen pose for a family photo at Borgo Egnazia resort during the G7 Summit hosted by Italy in Apulia region, on June 13, 2024 in Savelletri. Leaders of the G7 wealthy nations gather in southern Italy this week against the backdrop of global and political turmoil, with boosting support for Ukraine top of the agenda. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Sir Keir Starmer was roundly mocked on social media last night after repeating his father was a toolmaker during the Sky News event in Grimsby.

The Labour leader was met with groans and laughter as he reminded the audience about his father’s job

Read Arthur Parashar’s report here:

Labour – We’re not planning to reform council tax

When Labour publishes its manifesto later today many will be combing the fine print for its pledges on tax.

The party has repeatedly ruled out raising taxes for working people so VAT, income tax and national insurance but has been pressed on whether it could increase capital gains to help fund its programme.

Labour’s national campaign co-ordinator Pat McFadden insisted today Labour is not looking to reform council tax as one way to bring in revenue.

Asked if the public should expect spending cuts in future if Labour is elected, Mr McFadden told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

We refuse to accept defeat on these things. So we do believe, for example, reform to the planning rules to get the infrastructure we need, the roads, the railways, the labs, the data centres, the one-and-a-half million new homes, that can make a difference to growth.

Labour market reforms, to make a better childcare offer to working parents so that they come back to work, that can make a difference to growth. Getting more of the long-term sick off benefits and into work could mean hundreds of thousands more people at work, matching emigration and skills policy, so that we do more to train our own workers, that can make a difference to growth.

Starmer to say creating wealth is ‘number one priority’

EMBARGOED TO 0600 THURSDAY JUNE 13File photo dated 24/05/24 of Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer at the launch of Scottish Labour's General Election campaign at City Facilities in Glasgow. Four in 10 voters think Labour's policies will make a positive difference to the country, a poll has found as the party prepares to unveil its manifesto. Labour will launch its manifesto at an event in Manchester on Thursday, the last of the main parties to do so. Issue date: Thursday June 13, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLITICS Election Difference. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The Labour leader will prioritise wealth if he is elected Prime Minister, he will say today at his party’s launch in Manchester.

Mr Starmer is expected to say:

Wealth creation is our number one priority. Growth is our core business – the end and the means of national renewal.

The mandate we seek at this election is for economic growth. This changed Labour Party has a plan for growth. We are pro-business and pro-worker, the party of wealth creation.

Labour has already ruled out raising rates of income tax, national insurance or VAT, and said the manifesto will contain no tax rises that have not already been announced.

Watch: Starmer squirms over Jeremy Corbyn question during leaders’ event

For those who didn’t catch last night’s leaders’ event on Sky News, here is the moment the Labour leader squirmed as he was challenged over past remarks showing support for Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Starmer was asked about comments he made declaring Mr Corbyn would make a ‘great PM’ but insisted he only said that because he was certain Labour would lose the election.

See the video below:

Labour policy pledges: At a glance

Here are some of the pledges we can expect to see in the Labour manifesto when it is unveiled today in Manchester.

  • Extra 40,000 NHS appointments per week
  • 6,500 more teachers in secondary schools
  • School breakfast clubs
  • Border security command
  • 13,000 more police officers and community support officers
  • Great British Energy – a new publicly-owned company to deliver clean energy

Mr Starmer says the pledges will be funded by introducing VAT to private school fees, expanding the windfall tax and closing the tax gap by cracking down on tax avoidance.

Sir Keir Starmer will say wealth creation is his top priority as he look to woo Conservative voters with his election manifesto.

The Labour leader is bidding to capitalise after a poll showed he came out on top in a crucial TV showdown with Rishi Sunak last night.

Our political editor James Tapsfield has the story here:

Good morning

Hello and welcome to MailOnline’s live coverage of the Labour manifesto launch in Manchester.

Sir Keir Starmer is expected to say creating wealth will be his number one priority if he is elected Prime Minister in three weeks.

The Labour leader arrives in Manchester after taking part in a Sky News leaders’ special in which two-thirds of voters said he performed better than Rishi Sunak.

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