Britain's Labour launches 'radical, responsible' election manifesto

Britain's Labour launches 'radical, responsible' election manifesto

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.

The election manifesto for the main opposition party published yesterday confirmed numerous promises in a leaked draft last week.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "Labour will rebalance our economy so that the many are no longer ripped off by the wealthy and powerful few".

"I think there's a rumbling, a subterranean rumbling at the moment, where people are saying we want change".

Mr McCluskey said it was hard for the party to challenge now only two years after losing an election and one year after Labour MPs attempted to replace Mr Corbyn as leader, a move he said gave the impression of a divided party in the minds of many voters.

"But our votes are being hijacked by Tory and SNP politicians who want to use how we voted in referendums and general elections to assume something about the kind of future we want to see".

If Labour were to win 200 seats, that would represent its worst result since 1935.

Mr McCluskey's prediction of just 200 seats for Labour and a big win for Theresa May and the Conservatives will be interpreted in two ways inside the Labour Party and by political opponents.

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The change appears to suggest the Labour vote is continuing to trend upwards as election day looms.

KD: Labour offers a radical plan to change the country.

But it said it would be achieved by exchanging government bonds for shares in the relevant companies, and since profits now used to pay dividends would be used instead to pay interest on those bonds, they would be "no net cost" to the exchequer.

The Conservatives criticised "the premise that nationalising the water market and energy grid don't add to borrowing", saying the result would inevitably be higher taxes or rising bills. There is a clear difference between what Jeremy Corbyn is offering - and the Tories.

"It's ordinary working people who will pay for the chaos of Corbyn".

The party has insisted its plans are fully costed - raising taxes on big business and higher earners by £48 billion to pay for its programme to increase spending on education, health and other public services.

Labour has also said it would return the railways to public ownership as franchises expire, or in some cases using franchise reviews or break clauses.

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