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Election day ahead: Jeremy Corbyn to launch Labour’s manifesto

Opinions differ on whether the Labour manifesto is a “programme of hope” or a “tax grab on the rich”.

On the campaign trail today

Jeremy Corbyn (Nigel Roddis/PA)

Following the leaking of a draft last week, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will set out his party’s plans for the next five years as its manifesto is officially launched in Bradford today.

The public has (potentially) already had a taste of what’s to come when a version of the party’s plans was splashed across the press – with policies including reversing benefits cuts, and boosting workers’ rights.

While Jeremy Corbyn’s plans are being pored over by the public, press and political rivals, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron will be launching a policy of supporting entrepreneurs as part of their business programme.

North of the border, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon will be in South Queensferry marking a decade of her party being in government, while in Wales Leanne Wood will launch Plaid Cymru’s manifesto.

What’s in the news?

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Labour’s plans are the main political story in Tuesday’s papers with the i calling them a “tax grab on the rich”, the Daily Mail calling them a “tax war on the middle class” and the Daily Telegraph saying the party plans to pull one million people into the top bracket of tax.

The Guardian has a different angle on Jeremy Corbyn’s proposals, saying the Labour party will put forward plans for a “fat cat” tax charging companies a levy if they choose to pay workers over £330,000.

The Mirror includes a piece by Mr Corbyn in which he covers topics including the NHS, tuition fees, and zero-hours contracts, saying that only his Labour party offers hope.

Pictures of Theresa May’s visit to Abingdon – where she was challenged by Cathy Mohan about cuts to disability benefits – appear in many of the papers, with the Daily Mail calling Ms Mohan “the voter who took PM to task over cuts” and the Guardian captioning the image “May finally meets a member of the public”.

The Financial Times looks at the Conservative plans for salary transparency, broadening the current rules on gender pay-gap disclosure to include ethnicity. The paper calls it an “abrupt shift” given similar plans were looked at and rejected by Government earlier this year.

Who’s saying what?

William Hague (Dan Kitwood/PA)

“This is a programme of hope. The Tory campaign, by contrast, is built on one word: fear.” – Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, from a speech he is expected to give at his party’s manifesto launch.

“Jeremy Corbyn has made so many unfunded spending commitments it is clear that Labour would have to raise taxes dramatically because his sums don’t add up.” – Conservative David Gauke gives his view on the Labour manifesto.

“I have a more charitable view of the Lib Dems as a party than most Conservatives because I remember many of them doing a good job in the coalition government.” – William Hague writing in the Telegraph.


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