Labour Conference: Optimism, not fear
October 13, 2023

This year’s Labour Conference was the very opposite of the Tory one. Labour’s Conference had policies – it was a united front and for working people. The Tory Conference was a divided pot of chaos and populism. Cabinet members at the Tory Conference threw out their the bile of division while dancing and laughing with Nigel Farage. We have had enough of division and anger: politics that puts neighbour against neighbour.

After years of division and crisis in the UK, crisis that’s brought working families to their knees, brought our local authorities and NHS to its knees, we finally have the hope that the next 10 years will be about rebuilding and about people, not the vested interests of the super rich. Finally, we have the hope that the UK will move forward instead of tripping from crisis to crisis, PM to PM, scandal to scandal.

We have optimism, not fear, about our future.

Labour unveiled a string of new policy proposals to mark its party conference in Liverpool, with announcements coming thick and fast.

LabourList recently reported on the party’s finalised National Policy Forum process earlier this month, which set out the party’s current programme.

Here’s what was announced around conference:

DO THE MATHS: Labour will train more primary teachers in maths and train ‘maths champions’ in nurseries, liven up maths lessons with real-world examples. (Labour website)

1.5m HOMES: Leader Keir Starmer’s main speech pledged 1.5 million homes over the next parliament (seemingly matching the old Tory 300,000-a-year pledge), a generation of ‘new towns’, hand mayors greater housing and planning powers, fast-track brownfield developments and a “blitz” of reforms to accelerate planning decisions. (Labour website)

POLICING GUARANTEE: Starmer pledged to guarantee police patrols in town centres, and repeat offenders also risk being banned from them under new powers. (Labour website)

STINKING RICH: Labour will empower regulators to ban bonuses to water chiefs whose firms pump excess sewage into rivers, and strengthen fines and powers to prosecute their leaders. (Labour website)

YOUTH CRIME PREVENTION: A new Young Futures scheme worth up to £100m will provide support to young people at risk of being drawn into violent crime. (Labour website)

ROADMAP FOR CAR FIRMS: A new “auto strategy” has been published, promising planning priority for new battery factories, 10-year research funding cycles, reliable electric car charging everywhere and critical mineral trade partnerships. (Labour website)

CORRUPTION AND CONSULTANCY CLAMPDOWN: A commissioner will be appointed to recover Covid fraud, Labour will “aim to” halve consultancy spending in five years, and ministerial private jet use will be cut back, Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves announced. (Labour website)

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE ACT: Shadow Energy Secretary Ed Miliband has pledged an energy independence act, to “break Britain’s dependency on fossil fuel dictators”. (Mirror)

REWIRE BRITAIN: Labour says the queue for grid connections is “out of control” and it will remove the barriers to facilitate the largest upgrade to our national clean energy infrastructure in a generation, open up new grid construction to competitive tendering, and get GB Energy, Labour’s new publicly-owned energy company, to work in coordinating the transmission operators. (Labour website)

ANTI-HARASSMENT DUTY: Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said in her women’s conference speech employers will face a new duty to take reasonable steps to stop sexual harassment. (Labour website)

DIVERSE CANDIDATES: Shadow Women’s Secretary Anneliese Dodds used her women’s conference speech to reveal parties will have to publish candidate diversity data. (Labour website)

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said police will “relentlessly pursue” those who pose threat to women through a new perpetrator programme. (Labour website)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Rayner pledged Labour would deliver the biggest boost to affordable housing for a generation, unlocking government grants to deliver new homes by making the Affordable Housing Programme more flexible. The party said it would stop developers “wriggling out” of responsibilities. (Labour website)

NEW TOWNS: Labour reportedly wants to build new towns next to existing rail connections, considering building between London, Oxford and Cambridge. (the i)

GREENBELT REVIEW: Reeves has suggested Labour will review greenbelt building rules. (Sunday Times)

£1.5bn TO CLEAR NHS BACKLOG: An estimated £1.5bn will be set aside to clear backlog through funding extra overtime and equipment, funded by scrapping non-dom status. (Sunday Mirror/People)

NHS TECH CASH: A new £171m annual ‘Fit For The Future Fund’ will help replace outdated NHS equipment, helping cut waiting lists by equipment like CT and MRI scanners. (Labour website)

TRAINING COLLEGES: A revamped apprenticeship levy would fund specialist training colleges that equip workers for local industries, particularly in renewables, nuclear, engineering, computing and modern toolmaking. (The Observer)

MAINTENANCE GRANTS: Labour is “exploring” reviving maintenance grants for poorer students funded by higher interest rates on higher earners. (The Telegraph)

DENTAL PLAN WITH TEETH: Labour will fund NHS dentists to offer 700,000 more urgent appointments, incentivise dentists to work in the most in-need areas, reform the NHS dental contract and start supervised toothbrushing for young children in schools in areas with most dental problems. (Labour website)

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