8 things we learned from the Labour manifesto announcement
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Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled the Labour General Election manifesto at Bradford University, a week after a draft was leaked to the press. Some pledges remain the same, some have changed. Here’s what we learned. 1. Jeremy Corbyn says it’s not Labour taking the country back to the 1970s After the draft manifesto was leaked last week, some critics said Corbyn was taking Labour backwards instead of forwards with policies such as nationalisation. Corbyn addressed those accusations, saying: “The other major party contending this election is really, really forward-looking: they are going to bring back fox hunting and grammar schools. “That sounds really 21st Century, doesn’t it?” 2. The Labour leader is a member of the National Union of Journalists As Labour supporters booed a question from Channel 5′s Andy Bell on immigration, Corbyn admonished them, telling them he is a member of the UK’s biggest journalists’ union. 3. The Labour Party is ‘not a cult of personality’ When a question from Jack Blanchard from the Mirror, about Corbyn’s popularity with the public, was booed by some in the audience, Corbyn murmured: “It’s not a cult of personality, don’t worry about it.” He went on to say that personal attacks are not the way forward, rather debating on policy is. 4. Corbyn still wants a TV debate with Theresa May
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