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Deputy Leader Tom Watson urges voters to study the detail of Labour's manifesto

Manifesto explains why Labour is the party for working people, says Black Country MP Tom Watson

Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson said only Labour will "stand up for hard working people" after the party launched its general election manifesto.

And he slammed Conservative leader Theresa May's claim that the Tories are now the workers' party.

Mr Watson, Labour MP for West Bromwich East, said families were facing increases in food and energy bills under the Tories.

He was speaking after Labour published its general election manifesto setting out plans for new homes, better rail and bus services and £250 billion investment in infrastructure over 10 years, which Labour says will boost the economy.

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn holds a copy of the manifesto as he arrives with Deputy Leader Tom Watson prior to the launch of the Labour Party Election Manifesto, at Bradford University

Mr Watson said: "Food prices and energy bills are rising and new figures show average family incomes will be frozen for at least two years and remain stagnant until 2021.

"There is only one party in Britain that will stand up for hard working people on low and middle incomes, and that's Labour.

"No one should believe false Tory claims that they are the workers party.

"I hope voters will take the time to look at our manifesto and study the detail. It sets out how Labour will stand up for the many not the few."

What's in Labour's general election manifesto?

TAX

  • No income tax rises for those earning below £80,000 a year - but "top 5% of earners will be asked to contribute more in tax" to fund public services.

  • No rise in personal National Insurance Contributions or the rate of VAT.

  • Lower small profits rate of corporation tax will be reintroduced to protect small businesses.

DEFICIT

  • Target of "eliminating the government's deficit on day-to-day spending within five years".

  • Ensure national debt is lower at the end of the next Parliament than at present.

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • National Transformation Fund will be created to invest £250 billion over 10 years to upgrade economy.

  • Complete HS2 high-speed rail line, and link the project with other rail investments such as Crossrail of the North and the Durham Freight Centre.

  • Build a new Brighton Main Line for South East.

  • Rail electrification and expansion across the country.

BREXIT

  • Scrap Conservatives' Brexit White Paper and replace with "fresh negotiating priorities" with strong emphasis on retaining Single Market and Customs Union.

  • Labour government would "immediately guarantee" existing rights for all EU nationals in Britain.

  • It would "reject 'no deal' as a viable option".

Jeremy Corbyn at the launch in Bradford of the Labour Party manifesto for the General Election.

IMMIGRATION

  • Labour will not "scapegoat migrants" and will not set a cap on immigration, describing targets as "bogus".

  • International students will not be included in immigration numbers, but the party will crack down on "fake colleges".

EDUCATION

  • Labour will create a National Education Service for England to incorporate all forms of education.

  • Overhaul existing childcare system and extend the 30 hours of free childcare to all two-year-olds.Labour promises to reduce class sizes to "less than 30" for five, six and seven-year-old children.

  • Devolve responsibility for skills to city regions or devolved administrations.

  • Scrap university tuition fees and reintroduce maintenance grants for students.

WORK

  • Zero hours contracts will be banned to guarantee workers a "number of hours each week".

  • Maximum pay ratios of 20:1 to be rolled out in public sector.

  • Four new public holidays to mark national patron saints' days.

  • Raise minimum wage to "at least £10 per hour by 2020".

  • Ban unpaid internships.

  • The party will "clamp down on bogus self-employment" and extend rights of employees to all workers - including shared parental pay.

SOCIAL

  • Labour will guarantee state pension triple lock, as well as the Winter Fuel Allowance and free bus passes.

  • "Rejects" proposal to increase state pension age further.

  • Cuts to Bereavement Support Payment will be scrapped, as will the Bedroom Tax and the "punitive sanctions regime", while the Housing Benefit for under-21s will be reintroduced.

HOUSING

  • Build at least 100,000 council and housing association homes a year by end of the next parliament, for "genuinely affordable rent or sale".

  • Guarantee Help to Buy funding until 2027 and give locals buying their first home "first dibs on new homes built in their area".

  • Legislate to ban letting agency fees for tenants, and look at giving the Mayor of London power to give London renters "additional security".

  • Make 4,000 additional homes available for rough sleepers to end homelessness.

HEALTH

  • One million people will be taken off NHS waiting lists by "guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks".

  • Free parking in NHS England will be funded by increasing tax on private medical insurance premiums.

  • Scrap NHS pay cap.

  • NHS will receive more than £30 billion in extra funding over the next parliament.

  • Mental health budgets will be ring-fenced, and Labour will ensure all children in secondary schools have access to a counselling service.

CRIME

  • Recruit 10,000 more police officers, and will work to "eliminate institutional biases against BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) communities".

  • Reintroduce "effective judicial oversight" on how and when investigatory powers are used, when "the circumstances demand that our collective security outweighs an individual freedom".

UTILITIES

  • Labour will bring energy supply networks, the water system and Royal Mail, as well as private rail companies, back into public ownership.

DEFENCE

  • Commit to spending at least 2% of GDP on defence.

  • Support renewal of Trident nuclear deterrent, but Labour will "lead multilateral efforts with international partners and the UN to create a nuclear-free world".

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