Today Douglas Alexander, Labour’s Chair of General Election Strategy, will visit marginal seat Ealing Central and Acton to mark the fact that there are 40 campaigning days left until the general election.
Alexander will also visit this constituency, which Labour’s candidate Rupa Huq hopes to win from Conservative Angie Bray, to send a message that Labour have 40 policies that would make Britain better (a list of which can be found below). This ties in with Labour’s campaign slogan “A better plan. A better future.”
Over this weekend they aim to speak to to 100,000 people and deliver 600,000 leaflets – and activists will be sharing campaigning they do on social media using the hashtag #LabourDoorstep.
The party say so far they have had 1.6 million conversations, nearly half way to meeting Miliband’s target of 4 million.
Ahead of the event later today, Alexander said that there is a clear choice in May:
“On 7 May Britain faces a choice between a failing plan and a better plan for working people.
“Labour knows that we only succeed as a country when working families succeed and over the next 40 days we’ll be campaigning hard to take this message to Britain’s homes, communities and workplaces, setting out our better plan.
“Unlike the Tories, who think this is as good as it gets, Labour believes we can do better than this – and we’ve a plan to make it happen. A plan for 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more doctors to give our NHS the time to care, to freeze energy bills and get more homes built, for more and better apprenticeships and to cut tuition fees.
“Forty days to change Britain – a better plan for a better future.”
40 policies Labour are highlighting:
- £2.5bn Time to Care fund for the NHS
- 20,000 more nurses
- 8,000 more doctors
- Smaller class sizes
- Paid starter jobs for unemployed young people
- 10p starting rate of tax
- Freeze gas and electricity bills
- Give 16 and 17-year-olds the vote
- More affordable homes
- Ban exploitative zero-hour contracts
- Balance the books fairly
- Ban rip-off letting agent fees
- Cancer tests and results within a week
- Give football fans a say in how their club is run
- More and better apprenticeships
- Tackle the gender pay gap
- Control immigration with fair rules
- Cut tuition fees to £6,000
- A GP appointment within 48 hours
- Double paid paternity leave
- Fix the broken energy market
- Scrap the bedroom tax
- One million new high-tech green jobs
- Cap rail fare increases
- Cut business rates for small business properties
- Get 200,000 homes built a year
- Support first time buyers
- All teachers qualified
- Scrap the millionaires’ tax break
- Childcare from 8am to 6pm
- 5,000 more homecare workers
- 25 hours free childcare a week for three- and four-year olds
- New challenger banks
- A British Investment Bank to help small businesses
- Insulate five million homes
- 50,000 more Sure Start places
- 3,000 more midwives
- English and maths to 18 for young people
- More security for renters
- Raise the Minimum Wage to £8.