Your last chance to influence Labour's manifesto Print E-mail
Monday, 22 February 2010 14:51

We must do our best to ensure that the party’s manifesto for the election contains the policies which will best enable us to reconnect with our core voters without whom we will not win.  Party and trade union members have not been involved in a proper review of the party’s policies since the start of the biggest economic crisis in almost a century.  However, Ed Miliband, as co-ordinator of Labour's next manifesto, has invited the comments from CLPs and individual party members. 

Below are listed 50 ideas you may well support but, whatever your views, please send them to Ed Miliband at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it – you can cut and paste the ones you like and add other ideas of your own.

 

Please don’t delay – do it now.  It will not take long.

  

SUGGESTED PROMISES FOR THE MANIFESTO

 

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PROSPERITY AND WORK

1.      Tackle the recession not with cuts in public spending but with massive investment in house-building, infrastructure and the de-carbonisation of the economy

2.      Turn bailed-out banks into smaller, regionally-based public or mutualised banks with clear objectives for their communities and for the regeneration of manufacturing

3.      Ban retail banks from “casino” investment banking

4.      Keep Britain out of the Euro – the credit crunch has exposed the lie of “convergence” and Gordon Brown was right to keep Britain out

5.      Make a clean break with market fundamentalism – no more deregulation and privatisation.  We will deliver excellent public services in the public sector.

6.      Keep Royal Mail wholly in the public sector

7.      Commit to making Britain much more equal through sizeable increases in pensions, the minimum wage and the lowest benefit levels, redistributive taxation and by funding job creation and improved public services

8.      Introduce more tax bands – 10% for the poorest taxpayers and 60% for the richest

9.      Capital Gains Tax will be paid at the same marginal rate as income tax

10. Enact a ‘general anti-avoidance principle’ to taxation that treats all tax avoidance as unacceptable and therefore open to challenge

11. Require multi-national companies to account by country and disclose tax payments in each, and work to eradicate all tax havens

12. Apply a 10% income tax surcharge to all investment income (on which no national insurance is paid)

13. Restore trade union rights – unions must be able to defend their members interests through lawful industrial action without threat of victimisation

BRITAIN IN THE WORLD

14. Increase overseas aid commitment to 1% of Gross National Income

15. Press for the Global introduction of a financial transactions tax (Tobin) tax to finance the elimination of world poverty and  counter climate change

16. Commit to using all available means to bring an end to the blockade of Gaza

17. Ban the import of goods produced in illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territory

18.       Commit to a withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

19.       Support governments in Latin America, such as those in Venezuela , Argentina , Brazil and Bolivia , that are committed to a more equitable distribution of wealth and power

20.       Oppose the illegal regime established following the coup in Honduras , and the appalling abuse of human rights in Colombia

21.       Oppose the continuing US blockade of Cuba

22.       Abandon the replacement of Trident

CRIME, JUSTICE, CITIZENSHIP & EQUALITIES

23. Hold an independent inquiry into complicity with the use of torture by the secret services

24. Abandon the implementation of ID Cards

25. Reaffirm our commitment to refugees – always to offer succour to those in genuine fear of persecution

26. Reaffirm our commitment to the Human Rights Act we introduced

27. Create a national network of law centres

28. Ensure community based sentencing wherever possible, especially for women and people with mental health problems

29. Compulsory equal pay audits

30. Reduce the voting age to 16

31. Create a wholly elected House of Lords

CREATING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

32. Require industry (including airlines) to reduce climate change emissions by 3% per year through domestic action not by carbon offsetting abroad

33. Commit to decentralised power generation including wind turbines, solar panels, combined heat and power and biomass

34. Return to public ownership train operation by National Rail and London Underground by the end of their current franchises, and stop the privatisation of Tyne & Wear Metro

35. Extend the free transport for pensioners we introduced to local rail services

36. Introduce more council tax bands to make it fairer

37. Build 150,000 affordable houses or flats for rent each year

38. End housing stock transfer

39. Stop discounted council house sales under right to buy

40. Give tenants real power over their estates

HEALTH AND EDUCATION

41. End PFI in health and education

42. Abolish charges for dental and optometric examination

43. Introduce free personal care for the elderly

44. Extend patient choice to mental health patients

45. Make PCTs accountable to local communities

46. Introduce free school meals for all primary school children

47. End selection at 11 in all its forms.  Consider converting good selective schools to 6th Form colleges

48. Require all faith schools to admit up to one-third of their pupils from their local area without regard to their faith

49. Ensure that at least one-third of all school governing bodies are elected by parents

50. Scrap university tuition fees