Labour’s election promises would cost £1.2 trillion, claims Tory Chancellor

Sajiv Javid, Chancellor

Labour’s policies would cost £1.2 trillion over five years, claims the Conservatives.

A “detailed” examination of the party’s election pledges shows the opposition would be spending £650 million a day.

Chancellor Sajid Javid said: “The country cannot afford Corbyn’s spending spree.

“It would undo all the hard work of the British people in recent years”.

He added that Labour’s plans – which include taking back into state control rail, mail, water and energy – would leave the UK “on the brink of bankruptcy”.

The £1.2 trillion Tory analysis comes from costing the last Labour manifesto, adding the price of the one due out soon, and spreading the sum over five years.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell dismissed the figure as “fake news”.

He added: “It’s an incompetent mish-mash of debunked estimates and bad maths cooked up because they know Labour’s plans for real change are popular.

“Labour will tax the rich to pay for things everyone needs and deserves, like decent housing, healthcare and support for our children.

“We will also use the power of the state to invest to grow our economy, create good jobs in every region and nation and tackle the climate emergency.

“The Conservatives will be able to read all about these plans – and how much they actually cost – when we publish our fully-costed manifesto.”


About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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