Prime Minister Tony Blair has launched Labour’s election manifesto Ambitions for Britain targeting the economy, society and the public services.
The 44-page brochure sets out the party’s goals for the next ten years and includes a pledge not to raise the basic or higher rates of income tax.
The manifesto commits the party to spending billions of pounds on education, health, police and transport in the first three years of the next parliament.
The key points of Labour's 2001 election campaign manifesto.
No rise in the top or basic rate of income tax
as low as possible
Sound public finances
Increase minimum wage to £4.20
Bring in a new trust fund for every child at birth
spending on education by more than 5% each year for 3 years
Increase spending on health by an average of 6% each year for 3 years
Police - there will be an extra £1.6bn a year by 2003-04
Transport - increase spending by 20% a year for next 3 years
Staffing public services
more staff to drive up public service standards
Education: 10,000 more teachers
Health: 20,000 more nurses, 10,000 more doctors
Crime: 6,000 extra police recruits
improve secondary schools
Diversify state schools
Direct more money through headteachers - Give more freedom to successful schools
National Health Service
power to Primary Care Trusts
Ensure booked appointments by 2005
Cut maximum waiting times by end of 2005
Create specially-built surgical units to cut delays
Create an Integrated Child Credit, and Pension Credit
an Employment First interview for claimants
Integrate Benefits Agency and Employment Service
Expand childcare places to provide for 1.6 million children
Criminal justice reform