I’ve been saying for quite a while now that Labour were waiting for this particular conference to begin making policy announcements.
Despite being quietly confident (it’s the obvious best time to do it), it was a relief to be proved right so spectacularly.
Some policy pledges we have now include:
- Repeal of the Tory NHS ‘reforms’
- Repeal of the Bedroom Tax
- Build 1 million new homes
- Freeze Energy bills until 2017
- Reverse Pension Tax relief for millionaires and tax cuts for Hedge Funds
- Increase fine on firms who don’t pay the minimum wage from £5000 to £50,000
- Introduce Disability Hate Crime legislation
- Creation of a State-owned Rail Company which will compete with Private firms on rail franchises.
- Free Childcare for children aged 3&4
- Sacking of ATOS from Work Capability Assessments
So pretty much exactly the sort of stuff we (or I, at least) were hoping for. A party that’s aiming for – and promising – the right things?
That’s massively important. It’s even more important when the alternative is a party that won’t just ‘not do’ those things, but is actively undoing them.
Can Labour deliver on these promises? If elected, yes – I think they can. Will they?