Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Britain's Labour unveils 'radical' election manifesto

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Under the plans, the higher 45p rate of tax paid by people with incomes of more than £150,000 would be extended to those on £80,000 while there would be a new 50p top rate of tax, according to The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

In Liverpool, Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron will address the Royal College of Nursing's annual congress.

Seven NHS trusts are still struggling to restore their computers and get back to normal operations while Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to chair a Cobra meeting later on today with Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

The move is said to be created to discourage excessive pay from companies, with Labour saying inequality is damaging society and that the tax would hit employers instead of workers.

The Conservatives said Labour has given no detail on how the higher taxes would work - as £80,000 is not now a tax threshold - or how much they would expect such a tax to raise.

Britain's opposition Labour Party will launch what it calls a "radical and responsible" manifesto on Tuesday, signalling a shift to the left to try to capitalise on voters' concerns over education and health before next month's election. Labour would also make sure patients can be seen in A&E; within four hours - with the most urgent patients seen within one hour - he will say.

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The party would also create a new £500m "winter pressures fund" and help 2.5m people living with cancer. Labour will rebuild the NHS for the 21st Century, giving patients the modern, well-resourced services they need both in and out of hospital'.

Labour's focus on the NHS comes as hospitals across the country recover from an unprecedented cyber attack that saw ambulances being turned away from A&Es and patients face cancelled operations.

But Liberal Democrat shadow health secretary Norman Lamb said: "You can not solve the crisis in our NHS and social care services by simply imposing more top-down targets on staff and plucking numbers out of thin air".

This would cut waiting lists by one million by 2022 and allow accident-and-emergency departments to hit their four-hour target for waits, he said.

The deadline for nominations for this year's election passed last Thursday with 3,303 candidates put forward to contest 650 constituencies across the UK.

The Conservatives say they are putting £10bn into the NHS during this five-year period, although a cross-party committee of MPs has questioned the figure.

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