Labour will ensure that tourism becomes a national priority again. We will reinstate the cross- Whitehall ministerial group on tourism, and ensure that government ministers across departments understand how their roles fit into the national tourism agenda.
Labour supports the expansion of aviation capacity and we will continue to support the work of the Airports Commission.Labour will recruit 1,000 more border guards to add to our safeguards and controls.
Introduce a package of reforms to business rates – including switching from RPI to CPI, indexation, exempting new investment in plant and machinery from valuations, and ensuring that businesses have access to a proper appeals process – while reviewing the entire business rates system in the longer run. The next Labour government will bring in a 20 point plan for security and equality at work including:
1. Give all workers equal rights from day one
2. Ban zero hours contracts
3. Introduce four new public holidays
4. Double paid paternity leave to four weeks and increase paternity pay
We will continue working with our neighbours through the European Union’s Highways of the Seas and by negotiating to retain membership of the Common Aviation Area and Open Skies arrangements.
The EU accounts for 44% of our current exports and will continue to be a priority trading partner. As our trading relationship with the EU changes it is vital that we retain unrestricted access for our goods and services. Labour will guarantee to cover any shortfall in EU Structural Funding that occurs as a result of Brexit.
We will scrap the Conservatives’ Brexit White Paper and replace it with fresh negotiating priorities that have a strong emphasis on retaining the benefits of the Single Market and the Customs Union. A Labour Government will immediately guarantee existing rights for all EU nationals living in Britain and secure reciprocal rights for UK citizens who have chosen to make their lives in EU countries.Labour will not make false promises on immigration numbers. Our economy needs migrant workers to keep going. We will work with employers who need to recruit from abroad, but we will crack down on any employer that exploits the system to undermine wages and conditions.
A Labour government will introduce a Public Ownership of the Railways Bill to repeal the Railways Act 1993 under which the Conservatives privatised our railways.Across the country we will enable the creation of municipal bus companies, publicly run for passengers not profit. A Labour government will complete the HS2 high-speed rail line from London through Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester and then into Scotland, consulting with communities affected about the optimal route. We will link HS2 with other rail investments, such as Crossrail of the North.
We will deliver universal superfast broadband availability by 2022. Labour will improve mobile internet coverage and expand provision of free public wi-fi in city centres and on public transport.We will improve 4G coverage and invest to ensure all urban areas, as well as major roads and railways, have uninterrupted 5G coverage instruct the National Infrastructure Commission to report on how to roll out ultrafast’ 300bps within the next decade.
Labour will maintain free entry to museums and invest in our museums and heritage sector. The Cultural Capital Fund will have a particular focus on projects that could increase museums’ and galleries’ income and viability. Labour will invest in rural and coastal communities, and guarantee the protection and advancement of environmental quality standards.
A Labour government will also welcome international students who benefit and strengthen our education sector. They now generate more than £25 billion for the British economy and provide a significant boost to regional jobs and local businesses.
A Labour government will establish a Constitutional Convention to examine and advise on reforming of the way Britain works at a fundamental level.
The Convention will look at extending democracy locally, regionally and nationally, considering the option of a more federalised country.
We will reduce the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from £100 to £2. Labour will also legislate to increase the delay in between spins on these games in order to reduce the addictive nature of the games.
We will set up a National Review of Local Pubs to examine the causes for the large-scale demise of pubs, as well as the establishment of a joint taskforce that will consider future sustainability.
Businesses tell us that they need a more skilled workforce to boost productivity and growth – and so extra corporate tax revenues will contribute to education and skills budgets.
We will also protect small businesses by reintroducing the lower small profit rate of corporation tax. We will also exclude small businesses from costly plans to introduce quarterly reporting.
Reinstate the lower small-business corporation tax rate.
We will introduce a £1 billion Cultural Capital Fund to upgrade our existing cultural and creative infrastructure to be ready for the digital age and invest in creative clusters across the country, based on a similar model to enterprise zones. The fund will be available over a five-year period, administered by the Arts Council. It will be among the biggest arts infrastructure funds ever, transforming the country’s cultural landscape.
Rural infrastructure and industry has been neglected. Labour will invest in broadband, housing and transport to create jobs and ensure that the nation’s prosperity is felt beyond our large towns and cities.