Public Policy

May 16, 2017

Labour Manifesto 2017


The 2017 General Election’s ‘Manifesto Week’ kicked off today with the formal publication of the Labour Party’s vision to “build a Britain that works for the many, not the few”.

True to form, we have sought to pull together a single at-a-glance overview of the Party’s policy document to help guide you as you review and digest the various pledges and commitments in detail.

What do we make of it?

  1. Don’t ignore the footnotes. Those looking beyond the headlines for further information on what exactly the higher income tax for the 5% means are well advised to read not only the Labour Party’s funding document but the footnotes in said document in particular. It includes the extra £300million spending on 10,000 police officers providing them with a much more reasonable average annual salary.
  2. Embrace the track changes. There is – some – virtue in comparing and contrasting the leaked version of the Manifesto with the final document. Apart from branding, design and photography, coupled with an increase in font size having roughly quadrupled the page count, the subsequent additions and deletions make for an interesting game of fun facts.
  3. Enjoy the potpourri. Despite Jeremy Corbyn’s foreword seeking to set out an overarching vision for the future of Britain that the Manifesto aims to implement, the final document visibly remains the product of its many authors. There’s headline talk of the (notably re-branded) National Transformation Fund, Labour’s Industrial Strategy, and a desire to put small businesses at the heart of the economy but those don’t seem to guide the remainder of policy development. And some of the sections read as though the Party failed to reach policy agreement and opted to just include every single idea. Diversity of banking provision hence is clearly a good thing but whether the proposed regional development banks, Post Bank and break-up of RBS into local banks will aid the availability of finance or make the banking landscape unhelpfully complex is up for discussion. The Labour Party, as colleagues have argued, not least on the basis of their own experience on the doorstep, will need to make a concerted effort in the coming weeks to clarify beyond doubt the five things a Labour Government would do.

Finally, no organisation will – realistically – prepare for life under Jeremy Corbyn. While we are unlikely to see the implementation of the Labour Manifesto, we might see some of its more popular policies (re)appear when Theresa May sets out her team’s approach to creating a country that works for everyone on Thursday.

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Labour Party Manifesto 2017 FINAL1


Labour Party Manifesto 2017 FINAL