What you need to know about the Labour Party ahead of the general election set to take place on December 12

The Labour Party is one of the two major largest parties in the UK.

It has been the official opposition since 2010. Before that, it was in Government for 13 years. The Labour leader is Jeremy Corbyn.

Here is what you need to know ahead of the general election on December 12.

How many seats did Labour win at the last election?

The Labour Party won 262 seats in the last general election, which was in 2017. Here are the 2017 election results for the North East.

What are the Labour policies?

Policies set out in the Labour manifesto include:

A fairer society

The manifesto said that a Labour government would "re-write the rules of the economy" by taxing "those at the top" to properly fund public services.

An immediate 5% pay rise for public sector workers, with year-on-year above-inflation increases to follow

Introducing a "real living wage" of at least £10 an hour while ending zero hours contracts and strengthening trade union rights

Reversing corporation tax cuts under the Conservatives and raising taxes for those on £80,000 and over with a new "super rich" rate for those on more than £125,000.


Labour is pledging to embark on a council and social housing "revolution" by constructing up to 150,000 homes a year in what the party says is the biggest building programme in decades.

Climate change

On climate change, the manifesto stops short of a commitment to make the economy carbon neutral by 2030 as the party conference had called for.

Instead it promises a "green new deal" which would aim to achieve "the substantial majority of our emissions" reductions by 2030.


Getting Brexit "sorted" within six months, giving the public the final say in a referendum.

The manifesto also stops short of supporting continued freedom of movement if the country were to vote again for Brexit in a referendum. If the UK does leave the EU, it says future policy would be "subject to negotiations" while recognising the social and economic benefits free movement had brought.

Public ownership

Bringing back rail, mail, water and energy into public ownership and part-nationalising BT to provide a free public broadband service


An annual 4.3% increase in NHS spending, with the reintroduction of yearly free dental check-ups


30 hours of free childcare to all pre-school aged youngsters and guarantee of a Sure Start centre in every community


Creating a national education service providing through-life learning and scrapping university tuition fees

Regional development

Create a National Transformation Fund Unit, a key part of the Treasury, in the North of England

Build up the regional offices of government in each of the nine English regions to co-ordinate government policies at the regional level, as well as ensuring a regional voice in Whitehall

Deliver Northern Powerhouse Rail, also known as Crossrail for the North as part of improved connectivity across the northern regions

Consult with local communities to reopen branch rail lines

Complete the HS2 high speed line and extend it to Scotland

Create a National Investment Bank, backed up by a network of Regional Development Banks, to provide £250 billion of lending for enterprise, infrastructure and innovation over 10 years

As well as large-scale national and regional projects, smaller loans will be available through a new Post Bank based in Post Office branches

A Local Transformation Fund in each English region will be used to fund infrastructure projects decided at a local level

Replace the House of Lords with an elected Senate of the Nations and Regions

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