LABOUR has launched a “realistic and radical” manifesto.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown unveiled his party’s 76-page programme at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham yesterday.
Proposals include halving the deficit within four years, creating one million skilled jobs and increasing the minimum wage.
Mr Brown said: “This is a realistic and radical plan for Britain that starts with securing the recovery and renews Britain as a fairer, greener, more accountable and more prosperous country for the future.”
Labour’s manifesto also promises public service reform, including allowing high-performing schools and hospitals to take over failing counterparts.
Mr Brown said: “The manifesto is written in the future tense because even in the darkest days of the crisis we never stopped thinking and planning for tomorrow.”
But the Conservatives attacked Labour’s manifesto yesterday.
Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling described it as “a series of reheated promises that Labour have already broken once.”
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said Labour was promising fairness for the fourth election in a row. He said: “If they haven't managed to do it in 13 years, why would anyone believe they are going to do it this time?”
The Conservatives will launch their manifesto today and the Lib Dems will outline their programme for government tomorrow.