General election 2017: Labour pledges in manifesto leak


Jeremy Corbyn.

A draft of Labour’s general election manifesto has been leaked, including plans to nationalise the energy industry and scrap tuition fees.

The BBC has seen a copy of the document, which has not yet been formally signed off, after copies were leaked to the Mirror and the Daily Telegraph.

Policies include nationalising railways and bus firms and renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system.

Labour would not comment on the leak.

The document also suggests Labour will refuse to set a target on cutting immigration and will rule out leaving the European Union without a Brexit deal in place.

It also stresses that any leader should be “extremely cautious” about using Trident nuclear weapons, which leader Jeremy Corbyn opposes.

And there are measures to strengthen trade union rights – including increased unionisation across the workforce and repealing last year’s Trade Union Act – and to scrap the public sector pay cap.

The manifesto will have to be approved by around 80 Labour figures, including the shadow cabinet and the party’s National Executive Committee.

A spokesman for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “We do not comment on leaks. We will announce our policies in our manifesto, which is our plan to transform Britain for the many, not the few.”