Corbyn unveils ‘Youth Manifesto’ promoting votes for 16-year-olds and £1bn spending spree

The Labour leader told supporters at Loughborough University today of his plans to end pay “discrimination” and give a £10 minimum wage to all. In an attempt to energise his campaign, he encouraged the crowd to hit the streets campaigning ahead of the December 12 election in order to bring a “red Christmas”. Addressing the packed student union club lined with red neon lights, he said: “This election is all about the future and hope for young people in our society.

“A Labour government that will deliver for all people in the future is a prize within our grasp, but it’s not going to be handed to us on a plate.

“You’ve seen the attacks we are getting in some of the billionaire-owned media at the moment.

“But I tell you what, don’t do personal, don’t reply, just relentlessly go out there with the policies we’ve got, the determination we’ve got to put them into operation, and then, in the cold misery of a wet November and December, we will get a red Christmas and a great spring with a Labour government.”

The Labour leader, who received chants of “oh Jeremy Corbyn”, also urged supporters to register to vote by the November 26 deadline, saying there are still nine million people who have not done so.

In the youth manifesto, Labour pledged to spend £1 billion each year to fund a service guaranteeing every young person access to work.

The party would spend an additional £250 million to build up to 500 new youth centres.

Among other policies Labour hopes will win the backing of the youth vote are ending tuition fees, bringing back the maintenance grant and free bus travel for under-25s.

A minimum £10-an-hour minimum wage from the age of 16, when people would also be given political franchise, banning unpaid internships and introducing climate apprenticeships were also proposed.

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The Labour leader referred to the plan as a “manifesto of hope”.

He said Labour would “rescue” the NHS and “tackle the climate emergency that threatens us all”.

The list of priorities included scrapping university tuition fees, providing free care to the elderly, capping rents in the private rental sector and providing free childcare to all two to four-year-olds.

He said: “Over the next three weeks, the most powerful people in Britain and their supporters are going to tell you that everything in this manifesto is impossible.

“That it’s too much for you. Because they don’t want real change. Why would they?

“The system is working just fine for them. It’s rigged in their favour.

“If the bankers, billionaires and the establishment thought we represented politics as usual, that we could be bought off, that nothing was really going to change, they wouldn’t attack us so ferociously. Why bother?

“But they know we mean what we say. They know we will deliver our plans, which is why they want to stop us being elected.”

These promises will come at a cost, and a hefty one at that.


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