At Labour conference 2019, the following policies passed overwhelmingly. Labour Campaigns Together is a coalition of grassroots Labour campaigns who have come together to ensure that these policies are part of the next manifesto, and to fight for a radical Labour government.• A just transition to a decarbonised economy by 2030
The climate emergency is, without a doubt, the greatest threat the world faces today. This crisis will not be solved by tinkering at the edges, it means overhauling the economy to deliver, clean energy, transport and housing. This programme of public investment must support workers in the UK with unionised green jobs for those displaced from fossil fuel industries and more. But also, in recognition of the UK's historical and continuing impact on the climate crisis, this programme must have an internationalist agenda which supports developing countries through the same transition.
We are in a severe housing crisis with hundreds of thousands homeless and millions more suffering from unaffordable, insecure housing. There can be no resolution of the housing crisis without a return to large scale council house building. Council housing, let at social rent, offers affordable and secure homes. Labour should include in its manifesto a commitment to building 100,000 social rented council homes a year, £10 billion annual housing grant ring-fenced to deliver them, and an end to right-to-buy - as passed unanimously by members at conference. Solving the housing crisis will depend on implementing these policies.
A truly compelling vision for the future means more than just restoring basic rights and justices, it means expanding people's freedom by giving back to them what is most valuable: our time. Whether imagined as a four-day week or a three-day weekend, the move to a 32-hour week with no loss of pay will mean less commuting, less stress and better mental health; it will help to rebalance the economy in an age of over-work, under-employment and increasing automation; most importantly, it will allow us to lead healthier, happier lives, spending more time with our families, friends and in our communities.
Labour stands for the working class, regardless of birthplace: for unity and equality in place of the racist scapegoating and division that produced the Windrush scandal, "Go Home" vans, and the imprisonment of innocent people in immigration detention centres. Labour will protect and extend free movement rights; guarantee the right to family reunion; close all detention centres; end the Hostile Environment; and end "No Recourse to Public Funds" and the discriminatory denial of social security, healthcare and housing. And Labour will extend the vote to everyone who lives here: every member of our society deserves a say in how we are governed.
There is a crisis on our streets. One person experiencing homelessness in the UK dies every 19 hours, and the number of those rough sleeping has increased for seven consecutive years. A Labour government will treat homelessness as a national emergency. Labour recognise that the criminalisation of homelessness is both cruel and ineffective, as measures which penalise those experiencing homelessness perpetuate the cycle of homelessness itself. Labour will repeal all legislation used to fine or imprison people for rough sleeping and begging, inject £100m in funding to councils for homelessness support in a year, and adopt a Homeless Bill of Rights. Labour advocates for an end to the demonization and criminalisation of those experiencing homelessness, and advocates a compassionate approach to end homelessness and rough sleeping for good.
For trade unions to be effective, workers need an effective right to strike. That means repealing all the anti-union laws - not just the 2016 Trade Union Act, but also those introduced in the 1980s and 90s. They should be replaced with positive legal rights, including strong rights to strike and picket, such as in solidarity with other workers and over political issues (e.g. the climate crisis).
Private schools not only allow a select few to buy access to an education system not available to all, at the expense of the public; the fact that a third of our Prime Ministers since 1945 went to Eton shows that private schooling still reproduces privilege and power. Integrating all private schools into the state sector will mean our wealth of resources are shared by all children, regardless of their parents' bank balance, and it will mean that everyone, including the privileged elite, is invested in the success of our education system.
Preventing suicide in Britain requires a multi-faceted plan with a vast number of policies - and that’s what the Caerphilly Strategy, passed at Conference, provides. With near 50 policies ranging from expanding sex education, to introducing Mental Health Education into schools, to reforming and expanding CAMHS, reforming the Mental Health Act, making schools a friendlier place for LGBTQ+ pupils and rolling out 24/7 universal crisis care so that there isn’t a single door we can’t reach when someone is in crisis. In addition to this, a ring-fenced fund of £2bn for mental health services, and mental health as a consideration in every policy decision in every department.