Labor Conference: All major policy announcements so far

Sir Keir Starmer and his shadow ministers set out their vision for a Labor government. Promising more police, rolling back tax cuts for the rich and an investment fund to ‘build up British industry’.

The Labor Party Conference takes place in Liverpool. It started on Sunday (September 25) and will continue until Wednesday (September 28). The event takes place at the Arena and Convention Center and the Exhibition Center in King’s Dock.

Fringe discussions and forums take place at the Pullman Hotel, ACC Liverpool, Hilton Hotel and Jury’s Inn. The conference promises to have ‘inspirational speeches’ and provide ‘invaluable training’ for Labor members.

A number of major policy announcements were made on the first day of the conference. Here’s everything you need to know:

Labor promises 13,000 new officers for ‘return to neighborhood policing’

Labor will hire 13,000 more police if it wins the next election, the shadow home secretary has said. Yvette Cooper said on Sunday September 25 that a Labor government would recruit more police, PCSOs and special constables in a bid to reduce crime and restore confidence in the police.

Ms Cooper said: ‘We are announcing this week that we have to go back to neighborhood policing. We have seen the time dramatically reversed for policing in our communities that Labor has brought in. Ms Cooper said focusing on neighborhood policing was “both about expanding policing in our communities, but it’s also about reform because it’s about how we police, whether you have police embedded in those communities, providing intelligence and working together.”

She said bringing police into communities was ‘incredibly important in terms of prevention, in terms of stopping people being drawn into crime, in terms of life safety and in terms of aftercare’ .

Starmer pledges to reverse ‘senseless’ income tax cut for the wealthy

The Labor leader, who said his party now believed it would win the next general election, said Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget announcements had drawn clear political dividing lines.

He said it was Tory policy that the ‘rich get richer’ while offering little to ordinary working people, but said Labor would reinstate the additional 45p rate of income tax for high earners that Mr Kwarteng abolished from April next year. But Sir Keir said he backed Mr Kwarteng’s promise to cut the basic income tax rate from 20p to 19p.

Labor pledges to use public investment fund to ‘build up British industry’

A Labor government would create a state-owned investment fund so the UK state could invest directly in productive projects and create a return for taxpayers, the shadow chancellor has said.

Ahead of her speech at the Labor conference, Rachel Reeves set out the party’s mission to “build up British industry”, investing in national projects ranging from battery factories to renewable energy-ready ports. She will argue that the policy is a “real plan for the climate”, a “real plan for growth” and a “real plan for upgrading”.

The projects would be funded from a national wealth fund, with the party’s Green Prosperity Plan, which was announced at the last Labor Conference, putting an initial £8.3billion into a central pot. The creation of the fund, according to the PA news agency, could be modeled on similar institutions in countries like Norway and Singapore and its aim is to create long-term wealth for Britain.

The policy would mean that when public money is spent on these projects, the British people would own a share of that wealth and benefit from the returns on those investments.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Labor leader Keir Starmer addresses party members during a tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II on day one of the Labor Party’s Annual Conference on September 25, 2022 in Liverpool, England. The Labor Party is holding its annual conference in Liverpool this year. Issues on the agenda are the cost of living crisis, including a call for a beefed up windfall tax, proportional representation and action on the climate crisis. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Rayner outlines plans to improve working conditions and overhaul purchasing

Deputy leader Angela Rayner said Labor would introduce a “fair work” standard to improve conditions for workers alongside plans to overhaul public procurement and outsourcing. In her maiden speech to the Labor Party conference, Ms Rayner said that if she were in power, her party would oversee the ‘biggest wave of insourcing in a generation’ and give self-employed people the right to a written contract and timely payment.

Ms Rayner has also pledged to uphold the right to strike and, if in power, to repeal “anti-worker and anti-union laws”. A “gold standard for fair work” will defend employers offering a certain level of conditions and will underpin a new “fair work code for the public sector, guaranteeing fair conditions, job security, well-being being, adequate training, rights at work and access to trade unions,” she added. said.

Registry of Work Vows to Address “The Epidemic of Violence against Women and Girls”

Perpetrators of domestic violence would be required to sign a register to monitor their behavior in the same way as sex offenders under Labor plans. Shadow Justice Secretary Steve Reed said the plan would help tackle an “epidemic of violence” against women and girls.

The domestic violence register would mean that those convicted of serial offenses and harassment must provide personal information to the police and inform of any change in circumstances. The registry would allow for better monitoring of perpetrators by police and law enforcement agencies and would help to identify patterns of crime more quickly.

Mr Reed said: “Under the Tories, criminals are repeatedly released while victims are abandoned. Labor will come to terms with the Conservatives’ failure to tackle the epidemic of violence against women and girls – with better oversight of perpetrators of domestic violence, longer prison sentences for rapists and more rights for the victims. It is time to put those who suffer first in the hands of the offenders.

Labor launches industrial strategy to address business and worker concerns

Labor announces plans to address business and worker concerns, including helping businesses cope with ‘future shocks’, transforming skills and making Brexit work. Shadow Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds launched the party’s industrial strategy, saying it offered certainty for businesses and investors.

The strategy will be underpinned by a new statutory body, the Industrial Strategy Council (ISC), which, like the Climate Change Committee, will ensure that a future Labor government delivers on its commitments, it has been said. announcement.

The ISC will report on Labour’s progress against the strategy’s missions to boost economic growth, including the delivery of clean energy by 2030. Mr Reynolds said: ‘The hallmark of this Conservative Government has was to act in the heat of the moment and move from crisis to crisis. . We know businesses can’t operate like this.

“The strategy addresses a range of concerns facing businesses and workers, including Labour’s plans to strengthen UK supply chains against future shocks, transform skills and make Brexit work. In a sharp break with the Conservatives’ belief in a ‘trickle down economy’, Labor has stressed the importance of sustainable growth and strengthened employment rights for economic prosperity.

“While the Tories dust off the same tired old policies that got us into this mess, Labor is looking ahead. Businesses and workers want a partner in government who can offer certainty, bringing with it the confidence to invest in Britain.

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