What are Labour's 2024 general election policies?

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer at the Backstage Centre on May 16 (Leon Neal / Getty Images)
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer at the Backstage Centre on May 16 (Leon Neal / Getty Images)

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced that the general election will take place on July 4, 2024.

Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour party, will be running as a candidate for the role of prime minister.

So ahead of the vote on July 4, what are Labour’s 2024 policies?

This is what you need to know.

What are Labour’s 2024 policies?

Deliver two million more NHS appointments a year

Labour pledges to increase the amount of appointments available on the NHS by paying staff extra to work evenings and weekends in order to tackle the backlog.

The party will also use spare capacity in private healthcare providers to clear the NHS backlog, free at the point of use, and will recruit 8,500 new NHS mental health staff.

They promise to reduce waits for cancer appointments with a ‘Fit For the Future Fund’ doubling the number of state-of-the-art MRI and CT scanners in the NHS to ensure early diagnosis.

Set up Great British Energy, a new publicly owned British energy company

Labour’s policy offer includes a Green Prosperity Plan to cut energy bills and create good jobs.

Closing private education tax loopholes to improve schools

Private schools currently benefit from a tax break that means they avoid paying VAT on fees.

Labour pledges to raise money needed to improve standards in stretched state schools with more teachers.

This funding will also help pay for mental health support staff in every school, working to boost the wellbeing of young people.

Bring back the family doctor and improve local NHS care

Labour hopes to make the NHS a ‘Neighbourhood Health Service’ as much as a National Health Service.

They will ensure patients can see the same GP each appointment if they choose to, trial Neighbourhood Health Centres, bring together family doctors, district nurses, care workers, physiotherapists, and mental health specialists under one roof.

Stop water bosses’ bonuses when their companies harm the environment

Labour will fine water companies that harm the environment and pollute rivers. They will also block bonuses until water bosses have cleaned up the filth.

For the most serious cases, Labour will allow the regulator to pursue criminal charges against water bosses.

End hotel use for asylum seekers

The party will introduce more staff to process claims and return people to safe countries, clearing the asylum backlog, with a new cross-border police unit smashing criminal people-smuggling gangs by using counter-terror-style tactics.

Greater support for victims of violence against women

There will be a requirement for a rape unit in every police force, specialists in every 999 control room, and fast-track courts and legal advice for rape victims.

It will ensure that early opportunities for prevention and protection are not missed, and will be followed up with requiring police forces to target dangerous repeat offenders with the tactics and tools normally reserved for counter-terror and serious organised crime investigations, getting serious perpetrators off the streets.

They also aim to put specialists in the court system to support rape victims.

A new fiscal lock to secure economic stability

It will be made law that permanent government tax and spending changes will be subject to an independent forecast to build a rock of economic stability.

This will bring economic security back to family finances.

Make the minimum wage a genuine living wage

The party will strengthen the minimum wage so that it reflects the cost of living.

Free breakfast clubs in every primary school in England

Labour hope to improve school attendances by introducing breakfast clubs for all primary schoolchildren in England.