General Election 2024: How Labour will change Britain – and everything else you need to know about this election

Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner stand laughing in front of a crowd holding red placards that say 'Change' on them

The 2024 General Election will be a choice between a weak and divided Conservative Party that has failed the people of this country after 14 years in power, and a Labour Party with Keir Starmer that is back in the service of working people and will change Britain.

Under the Tories, public services are crumbling, ambulances don’t come, families are weighed down by higher mortgage rates, and anti-social behaviour blights our high streets.

Five more years of the Tories in Downing Street will only lead to more political chaos. They aren’t the answer to the problems we face.

Keir Starmer has changed the Labour Party and has a plan to change Britain.

We are a party reconnected to our purpose: to serve the working people who drive our country forward. A party that puts economic stability at the forefront of everything we do.

And a Labour Party that puts our country’s interests first.

Labour’s long-term plan – with five missions to change Britain– will replace decline with a decade of national renewal.

That is what is on the ballot at this election.

What does Labour and Keir Starmer stand for in this election?

Keir Starmer’s Labour Party is the choice of change at this election. 

Labour has set out five missions to change Britain: long-term plans we will pursue to make sure that this country works for working people again. They are:

Keir Starmer has also laid out Labour’s first steps for change to build towards the missions. They are:

  1. Deliver economic stability with tough spending rules, so we can grow our economy and keep taxes, inflation and mortgages as low as possible.
  2. Cut NHS waiting times with 40,000 more evening and weekend appointments each week, paid for by cracking down on tax avoidance and non-doms.
  3. Launch a new Border Security Command with hundreds of new specialist investigators and counter-terror powers to smash criminal gangs and strengthen our borders.
  4. Set up Great British Energy, a publicly-owned clean power company, to cut bills for good and boost energy security, paid for by a windfall tax on oil and gas giants.
  5. Crack down on antisocial behaviour, with more neighbourhood police paid for by ending wasteful contracts, tough new penalties for offenders, and a new network of youth hubs.
  6. Recruit 6,500 new teachers in key subjects to set children up for life, work and the future, paid for by ending tax breaks for private schools

When will Labour release its 2024 manifesto?

During the campaign, we will launch our new manifesto, outlining exactly how we will change Britain – and you can sign up to receive Labour’s 2024 manifesto direct to your inbox as soon it’s published.

In brief: Why should I vote Labour?

If you want to quickly see what Keir Starmer and Labour will do in government, here are 10 Labour policies that will change Britain.

When is the next General Election in the UK?

The General Election will be held on Thursday 4 July 2024 and polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm.

This General Election is a choice between continuing with the chaos and decline of the last 14 years with the Conservatives, and a plan for a decade of national renewal with Keir Starmer’s changed Labour Party.

Why has the General Election been called?

The 2024 General Election has been called because Rishi Sunak is weak and he has lost faith in his ability to turn Britain around. 

He has spent months telling the country that the economy has turned a corner and his plan was working. If he believed that, he would have allowed this Parliament to run for another six months. The timing shows he has no faith in his own plan.

If Rishi Sunak has no faith in his own plan, why should the British public?

How can I help Labour in the election?

The best thing you can do over the next few weeks to make change happen in Britain is volunteer to campaign for Labour. Just let us know your postcode, and we can direct you to your nearest marginal constituency where your help can be the most impactful.

Campaigning takes lots of forms, from canvassing by knocking on voters’ doors and calling people on the phone, to leafleting and giving your local party office support. You can learn more about volunteering for Labour here.

The other huge difference you can make is donating to Labour’s campaign funds. The Tories so often win in this country because they always outspend us – and having raised campaign spending limits, they’re set to do the same again.

We need to keep up to have a chance in this election, so please consider donating to Labour or joining the Rose Network for supporters who want to see a Labour Government.

How do I register to vote?

Our guide on how to register to vote will answer all your questions.

You can register to vote online in about five minutes. You’ll be asked for your National Insurance number, but it is not required.

The deadline to register to vote in the 2024 General Election is 11.59pm on Tuesday 18 June.

To register, you need to be over 16 (or over 14 in Scotland and Wales) and one of the following:

  • a British citizen
  • an Irish or EU citizen living in the UK
  • a Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission
  • a citizen of another country living in Scotland or Wales who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission

What do I need to vote?

To vote in UK elections, you’ll need to show proof of ID, such as a passport or driving licence. You do not need your polling card. You need to be at least 18 to vote in the general election.

If you do not currently have photo ID, you can apply for voter ID that will allow you to vote. The deadline to apply for this is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

How do I register for a postal vote?

Our guide on how to use a postal vote will answer all your questions.

If you are likely to be away from home on polling day, or would like to vote by post, you can apply for a postal vote online or with a paper form.

To register, you will need to supply your address, your National Insurance number or passport number, and a photo of your handwritten signature.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June.