Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Tax and spend: UK Labour Party releases its election pledges

Tax and spend: UK Labour Party releases its election pledges

She told BBC Radio Scotland: "I hope he is wrong, I want to see a Labour government across the whole of the United Kingdom, that's what I'm spending every waking moment of my day campaigning for".

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said reported comments that Labour will have had a successful election if it wins 200 seats were taken out of context.

A PA poll of polls also put the party ahead but at 31%.

"I think therefore it's going to be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks".

Ms Dugdale added that "in places like East Lothian, Midlothian and Inverclyde, Labour beat the SNP at the council elections, with the Tories a distant third" and said in constituencies such as East Renfrewshire and Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, Labour were best-placed to oust the nationalists.

It comes as the Tories said there was a £58bn "black hole" in Labour's plans to nationalise two key industries.

When Parliament was dissolved at the end of April, Labour held 229 seats compared to the Tories' 330.

Corbyn said his manifesto, which also included scrapping university tuition fees and ending cuts to the much-loved National Health Service, was fully cost and would reverse what he called "a Britain run for the rich, the elite and the vested interests" under Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Meantime, the Labour frontbencher, following the publication of Labour's manifesto, released a video challenging Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, to a TV debate. Mr McCluskey's prediction of 200 seats for Labour suggests a Tory majority of around 80.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "Labour will rebalance our economy so that the many are no longer ripped off by the wealthy and powerful few".

"He's got now just under four weeks to try to see if you can break through that image and it's going to be a very, very hard task.whether that breakthrough can happen, we'll wait and see".

"We are sending messages out to our members saying, this is a decent, honest man, who is on your side, what have you got to be afraid of, what have you go to lose?"

"I'm not optimistic, but we'll wait and see". That's why the Labour party is opposed to another referendum.

According to a Britain Elects poll at the start of the week, the Conservatives had a 17 point lead, with 46.8% of the vote, while Labour trailed in second with 29.8%.

Scottish Labour believes that together we're stronger.

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