Keir Starmer outlined nearly a dozen policy areas in a broad speech at the Labor convention on Wednesday.
Most of the policies were a repeat of what the party had previously announced – but there were also some new ones.
Reinstate mandatory work experience of two weeks
The key new policy in the speech was the promise to re-mandatory two weeks of work experience for children. This was the case before 2012 but Sir Keir said he would reinstate this policy.
home insulation program
The Labor leader referred to his party’s policy on home insulation, describing it as a “national mission”. Although specifics were not included in the speech, the party later reported that it would involve £6bn of annual expenditure to replace 19 million homes. He said this could save families up to £400 a year.
New NHS mental health targets
Sir Keir said he would set a new NHS target to provide mental health support to people within a month. The speech is not the first time we have heard Niti, as it was told before the address to the newspapers.
Add Digital Skills to the School Curriculum
Along with the mandatory work experience policy, Sir Keir said he would make the “three rupees”, reading, writing and arithmetic as well as digital skills one of the key components of the curriculum. He did not elaborate on what would be involved.
Stricter punishment for rapists, stalkers and domestic abusers
The Labor leader reiterated his party’s policy that it would “fast-track cases of rape and serious sexual assault and we will tighten punishment for rapists, stalkers and domestic abusers”.
Change time horizon for company directors
Sir Keir reinstated Labor’s policy of changing the company law to allow directors to consider the company’s long-term future. He referred to this as changing the “priority duty of directors” and said he would have “the blessings of British business” to do so.
Commitment to 3% of GDP goes to research and development
This policy was reinstated by Sir Keir in his conference speech: it was first announced in 2015 by ex-Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and reinstated five days earlier by Shadow Sciences Minister Chi Onwurah.
All children were given a chance to play an instrument and a game
Sir Keir reiterated Labor’s existing policy that all children should be given the opportunity to play a musical instrument and play a competitive sport – this was taken from Labour’s 2017 policy review.
net zero test
The Labor leader said that “everything we do in government must go through a ‘net zero’ test to ensure that the prosperity we enjoy does not come at the expense of the climate”. He did not elaborate on what the test would include or how it would be implemented.
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