UK Opposition Labour Party's manifesto leaked

Prime Minister Theresa May during a campaign visit to York

Prime Minister Theresa May during a campaign visit to York

The Ukip leader tried to mock Jeremy Corbyn following the leak of Labour's manifesto, saying he said would have "surrendered... the Falkland Islands to Australia".

While the New Statesman asked if the leadership stood anything to gain from a leak: "Just because they're out to get you, doesn't mean that you didn't on this occasion leak it to secure a bigger splash than it would otherwise have got".

Other key proposals include a new Clean Air Act to "deal with the Tory legacy of illegal air quality" and a ban on fracking, which the manifesto says would "lock us into an energy infrastructure based on fossil fuels".

But it was mocked by Conservative supporters for echoing Labour's left-wing 1983 election manifesto, described at the time by one Labour lawmaker as "the longest suicide note in history" for helping the Conservatives to victory. May says voters should increase her majority to strengthen Britain's hand in European Union exit talks.

As he went into the meeting, shadow chancellor John McDonnell told reporters outside that the manifesto was a "fantastic, exciting document. a modernising, exciting new modern manifesto".

The official manifesto is due to be launched next week.

The manifesto also includes a policy to protect pensions for United Kingdom citizens living overseas and extending the pension credit to compensate women born in the 1950s who have seen their state pension age rise.

Corbyn's government will increase income taxes for people earning more than £80,000 a year.

Jeremy Corbyn said he would stay on as Labour leader after the General Election whatever the result next month

This "well-organised anti-Corbyn faction", which would sit on the backbenches, "could make it hard for the current Labour leadership to form a viable opposition because of a shortage of MPs to take up shadow cabinet posts", says the Telegraph.

But Kevin Schofield, the PoliticsHome political editor, believes this this is not true.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn cancelled a planned appearance at the launch of the party's first General Election campaign poster after the leak.

Details of the draft manifesto, obtained by the Telegraph and the Mirror, were published on Wednesday evening. The meeting begins at noon.

A senior Labour source said suggestions the manifesto was leaked by Mr Corbyn's team were "categorically and completely untrue", while a separate Labour source denied the leak had come from the party's headquarters, insisting no-one there had the manifesto.

A leaked draft of Labour's manifesto pledges to nationalise the railway industry and take HS2 to Scotland, as well as borrowing billions to fund infrastructure.

"On the plus side, we are all talking about the Labour party this morning and visions of how this country can be better".

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