Equipping Christians for the General Election

Labour Party manifesto: Where they stand on our issues
Public Affairs

Today, the Labour party published its manifesto. The 128 pages document details the key policies that the party will introduce if elected into government.  Below are some extracts relating to issues on the engaGE17 website.

The manifesto can be read in full here

So what does the manifesto say?

Sex and Relationships Education

“We will make age-appropriate sex and relationship education a compulsory part of the curriculum so young people can learn about respectful relationships.” (pg.77)

“To tackle bullying of LGBT young people, Labour will ensure that all teachers receive initial and ongoing training on the issues students face and how to address them. And we will ensure that the new guidance for relationships and sex education is LGBT inclusive.” (pg. 111)

Further information as to where CARE stands on Sex and Relationships Education issues can be accessed here

Addressing trafficking and exploitation

“Labour will work with business to ensure the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act are fully respected, including reporting on due diligence in supply chains. We will extend the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator beyond direct suppliers to ensure fair treatment for all those producing goods for the UK’s largest supermarkets.” (pg. 123)

Labour “will ensure appropriate support is provided to victims of crime and introduce legislation for minimum standard entitlements to service from criminal justice agencies.” (pg.77)

“Labour will appoint a new commissioner to enforce minimum standards in tackling domestic and sexual violence. A Violence Against Women Commissioner would also provide stable central funding for women’s refuges and rape crisis centres and encourage sharing of best practice between local authorities.” (pg. 109-110)

Further information as to where CARE stands on Trafficking and Exploitation issues can be accessed here

Gambling Policy

Labour “will reduce the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from £100 to £2. Labour will also legislate to increase the delay between spins to reduce the addictive nature of the games.” (pg. 88)

Further information as to where CARE stands on Gambling issues can be accessed here

Religious Liberty and Equality

“We will always provide our security agencies with the resources and the powers they need to protect our country and keep us all safe. We will also ensure that such powers do not weaken our individual rights or civil liberties.” (pg.77)

Labour commits to “reintroduce effective judicial oversight over how and when they are used, when the circumstances demand that our collective security outweighs an individual freedom. Labour will review the Prevent programme with a view to assessing both its effectiveness and its potential to alienate minority communities. In doing so, we will address the government’s failure to take any effective new measures against a growing problem of extreme or violent radicalisation.” (pg. 77)

“A Labour government will enhance the powers and functions of [the Equality and Human Rights] Commission, making it truly independent, to ensure it can support ordinary working people to effectively challenge any discrimination they may face.” (pg. 108)

“A Labour government will reinstate the public sector equality duties and seek to extend them to the private sector, ensuring all citizens benefit from this Labour legislation.” (pg. 108)

“A Labour government will reform the Gender Recognition Act and the Equality Act 2010 to ensure they protect Trans people by changing the protected characteristic of ‘gender assignment’ to ‘gender identity’ and remove other outdated language such as ‘transsexual’.“(pg. 111)

“Labour will bring the law on LGBT hate crimes into line with hate crimes based on race and faith, by making them aggravated offences.” (pg. 111)

“To tackle bullying of LGBT young people, Labour will ensure that all teachers receive initial and ongoing training on the issues students face and how to address them. And we will ensure that the new guidance for relationships and sex education is LGBT inclusive.” (pg. 111)

Labour commits to “appoint dedicated global ambassadors for women’s rights, LGBT rights and religious freedom to fight discrimination and promote equality globally.” (pg. 118)

Further information as to where CARE stands on Religious Liberty and Equality issues can be accessed here

Online Safety

Labour believes that ”we all need to work harder to keep children safe online. Labour will ensure that tech companies are obliged to take measures that further protect children and tackle online abuse. We will ensure that young people understand and are able to easily remove any content they shared on the internet before they turned 18.” (pg. 96)

Further information as to where CARE stands on Online Safety issues can be accessed here

Abortion

“Labour will continue to ensure a woman’s right to choose a safe, legal abortion – and we will work with the Assembly to extend that right to women in Northern Ireland.” (pg. 109)

Labour commits to “appoint dedicated global ambassadors for women’s rights, LGBT rights and religious freedom to fight discrimination and promote equality globally.” (pg. 118)

Further information as to where CARE stands on abortion and international development relating to abortion can be accessed here

 

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