Ed Miliband pledged to lead a Britain that ‘works for working people’ as he launched the Labour party’s election manifesto in Manchester, earlier today.
The manifesto will be seen as Miliband and Labour’s chance to build public trust on economic matters.
The manifesto launch was on the set of the long-running soap Coronation Street.
Miliband said he was ready to lead ‘a better Britain.’
The first page lays out what the party calls a ‘responsibility lock’ which, according to Labour, guarantees that all policies are costed and will not require any additional borrowing.
Promising to cut the deficit every year, the manifesto also pledges to raise the minimum wage to more than £8 an hour by October 2019.
Miliband also pledged to end zero contract hours and to freeze energy bills until 2017.
On family, Mr. Miliband’s plans include extending free childcare from 15 to 25 hours for working parents of three and four-year-olds, and to ensure all primary schools guarantee access to wraparound childcare from 8 am to 6 pm.
Labour also plan to recruit 8,000 more GPs, 20,000 more nurses and 3,000 more midwives
The Manifesto proposes to extend the vote to younger people by lowering the age from 18 to 16.
The Conservatives, the Lib Dems, and the Greens will also be launching their manifestos this week.
There are no signs that any of them will be launching their manifestos from the sets of Eastenders, Emmerdale, or Hollyoaks.