Labour meets to agree election manifesto after draft is leaked

Sky News:-Senior Labour figures are meeting to agree the party’s manifesto for the General Election, amid fallout from the draft being leaked.

The 43-page document, which includes plans to nationalise key industries and reverse years of austerity, has been denounced by the Conservatives as a recipe for taxes and borrowing that would leave the UK on the “road to ruin”.

Labour’s joint election coordinator, Andrew Gwynne, said the leak should be used as an “opportunity” to put forward the party’s “vision of a different kind of Britain, a fairer Britain, a more equal Britain, a Britain on the side of the many, not the few”.

The draft manifesto says a government led by Jeremy Corbyn would:

:: Renationalise the railways as franchises expire, with fares frozen and guards put back on driver-only trains
:: Establish publicly owned bus companies
:: Return Royal Mail to public ownership, reversing the coalition government’s “historic mistake” of selling it off
:: Take energy “back into public ownership” by setting up a rival to the existing Big Six firms

The party’s national executive, shadow cabinet, policy forum, trade union leaders and a backbench committee of MPs are all gathering in central London to rubber-stamp the document ahead of its official launch next week.

Mr Corbyn avoided reporters as he arrived for the meeting, with his car driving into the building through a side entrance.

A BBC cameraman was injured as Mr Corbyn’s convoy was mobbed by a crowd of journalists.

The cameraman’s left foot was run over by the rear left wheel of the car the Labour leader was travelling in, and he received treatment from an ambulance crew at the scene.

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”.

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