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Labour launches '40 days' campaign

Labour has outlined "40 days and 40 ways" to change Britain - a policy for each day in the run-up to the general election.

They include a £2.5 billion Time to Care fund for the NHS, capping rail fare increases, 50,000 more Sure Start places and 3,000 more midwives.

A promise of cancer tests and results within a week, more affordable homes, doubling paid paternity leave and giving football fans a say in how their club is run are also on the list.

Douglas Alexander, chairman of Labour's election strategy, said the choice on May 7 was between a "failing plan and a better plan for working people".

He was visiting the Ealing Central and Acton constituency with Labour's candidate Rupa Huq.

The shadow foreign secretary added: " Labour knows that we only succeed as a country when working families succeed and over the next 40 days we'll be campaigning hard to take this message to Britain's homes, communities and workplaces, setting out our better plan.

"Unlike the Tories, who think this is as good as it gets, Labour believes we can do better than this - and we've a plan to make it happen.

"A plan for 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more doctors to give our NHS the time to care, to freeze energy bills and get more homes built, for more and better apprenticeships and to cut tuition fees.

"Forty days to change Britain - a better plan for a better future."

Mr Alexander's visit was part of a weekend of campaigning across the country during which the party said it would be speaking to 100,000 people and delivering 600,000 leaflets.

Other policies included on the list are English and maths to 18 for young people, insulating five million homes, a ban on rip-off letting agent fees and 5,000 more homecare workers.


From Belfast Telegraph