Friday 29 November 2019 / 9:31 AM Economy / John McDonnell

Labour launches a manifesto for every region of England to deliver an investment blitz that will bring Britain back together

Today (Friday), Labour will launch a manifesto in every region of England, setting out Labour’s plans to bring wealth, power and prosperity to every community after years of neglect.

Observing that Britain is one of the most geographically unequal countries in Europe, Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, will say that these plans show that Labour will govern for the whole country, bringing new jobs and industries to every region, connecting communities with better transport links and investing in public services after decades of cuts.

McDonnell will say that Labour’s regional manifestos show how Labour’s plans to take on vested interests and deliver change will benefit every person and community in Britain through free education, affordable homes, more reliable public transport and secure, well-paid jobs.

The regional manifestos will be launched alongside further details of Labour’s £250 billion Green Transformation Fund – an “investment blitz” on a scale unseen since the Second World War. McDonnell will say that this investment will breathe new life into local economies across the country and bring pride back to communities by kickstarting a Green Industrial Revolution in every part of the UK. He will also set out how Labour’s 1 million new green jobs will be distributed across each English region.

Labour will invest to make Britain a world-leader in new technologies such as:

• The production and transport of hydrogen, a gas that burns with zero emissions for use in our homes, industry and transport;

• Carbon capture and storage to make UK heavy industries the lowest carbon in the world;

• Tidal lagoon and tidal stream technologies, including a tidal power project in the Mersey

• Three new steel recycling plants in Redcar, Workington and Corby, each creating over 1,000 jobs

• Nine plastics remanufacture and recycling sites, one in every region

• Plants to manufacture batteries for electric vehicles in Stoke, Swindon and South Wales creating 5,000 jobs each.

• Investment to support green energy manufacturing supply chains in 8 ports including: two ports in the Tyne and Tees rivers, Killingholme at Cleethorpes just outside Grimsby, Eastport UK at Yarmouth, Barrow, Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, Southampton and Falmouth docks.

• Crossrail For The North – Connecting millions of people living in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Hull, and Newcastle and drastically cutting journey times (Manchester to Leeds will take just 25 minutes, as will Liverpool to Manchester)

• Local rail expansion and improvement, including Investment in the Midlands Mainline to improve services around Nottingham, investment in the line linking Penzance – Plymouth –London, Electrification of lines around Bristol Temple Meads, a Tees Valley Integrated Transport Fund

The Green Transformation Fund also sets out funding for measures previously announced by the party including:

• Building 150,000 council and genuinely affordable homes a year by the end of the Parliament

• Improving the energy efficiency of almost every all of the UK’s 27 million homes;

• Solar power, offshore and onshore wind;

• Electric vehicle manufacture

• Infrastructure and mass expansion of public transport, a mass tree planting programme and enhanced flood defences.

The regional manifestos will detail how each region will benefit from these investments.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said:

“This election is a chance to bring our country back together. Britain is one of the most unequal countries in Europe but under Labour that will change.

“Labour will govern for the whole of Britain, handing wealth and power back to every community and giving everyone a better life.
Labour will deliver an investment blitz to rebuild our public services and kickstart a Green Industrial Revolution that will bring prosperity to every region while tackling the climate and environmental emergency head on.

“We’re investing in our collective future and your family’s future to get the economy moving again in every part of Britain, with new industries, better, well paid jobs and communities we can all be proud of.”

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