When is the Labour manifesto being released?

Sir Keir Starmer has said he will make wealth creation the “number one priority” in the Labour party's 2024 general election manifesto.

"If we could grow the economy at anything like the level the last Labour government did, that’s an extra £70 billion worth of investment for our public services," the Labour leader said.

The manifesto is expected to include a pledge to cap corporation tax at its current rate of 25 per cent to give businesses long-term certainty.

The Labour leader was asked on Wednesday evening (June 12) whether his party would consider hiking fuel duty or capital gains tax to raise more cash for the public purse. He ruled out raising income tax, national insurance, or VAT in the next Parliament.

He said there would be "no surprises" on tax if he were to become prime minister following the July 4 general election.

"I think people are taxed too much already. What I want to do, my central mission, is to grow the economy," he said in the Sky News election special on June 12.

Other policies will include setting up a new state-owned energy investment and generation company, hiring more police officers, and renationalising nearly all passenger rail.

The party will also pledge to introduce free breakfast clubs in primary schools in England; ban under-16s in England from buying high-caffeine energy drinks; provide £1.6bn to pay for more appointments in NHS hospitals’ and introduce new CT scanners and extra dentist appointments.

When is the Labour manifesto being released?

The manifesto will be released at a launch event in Manchester from around 11am on Thursday, June 13. Before the event, Labour published a new campaign video highlighting some of the party’s election commitments and pledges.

Labour’s manifesto comes after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday (June 11) announced plans for a 2p national insurance cut in a multi-billion-pound gamble to get the Conservatives’ general election campaign back on track.

Launching the manifesto at the Silverstone motor racing circuit, the prime minister positioned himself as the heir to Margaret Thatcher with tax-cutting promises. He is seeking to overturn Labour’s poll lead, which has remained stubbornly at around 20 points.