LIBERTY ANALYSIS: LABOUR PARTY MANIFESTO

The General Election is our chance to vote for a better society – so it’s vital to know where the parties stand on important issues. We’ve analysed each of the major parties’ manifestos in line with our six key demands of whoever steps into No 10.

But remember, a manifesto is a snapshot of what a party wants to do in Government. If something isn’t included, it doesn’t mean it’s unimportant to them and they might still act on it.

OUR CHALLENGE TO A NEW GOVERNMENT…

Stand up for migrants’ rights

What Liberty is calling for: End the racist hostile environment and make sure everyone can access vital public services without fear of being detained and deported.

Analysis:

The manifesto promises to end the hostile environment and establish a humane immigration system which gives refugees the right to work and access to public services.

What Liberty is calling for: Set a 28-day time limit on immigration detention.

Analysis:

The manifesto says a Labour Government will end indefinite detention, but does not say what time limit will be placed on detention. Labour has also promised to close Yarl’s Wood and Brook House detention centres, and review alternatives to detention.

Stand against criminalising poverty

What Liberty is calling for: Scrap the Vagrancy Act.

Analysis:

The manifesto says a Labour Government will repeal the Vagrancy Act.

What Liberty is calling for: Scrap the power to make Public Spaces Protection Orders.

Analysis:

The manifesto promises the party will amend antisocial behaviour legislation to stop laws being used against people because they are homeless.

Reject mass surveillance

What Liberty is calling for: Tear up the Investigatory Powers Act (also known as the Snoopers’ Charter) – the most intrusive mass surveillance regime of any democratic country.

Analysis:

The manifesto does not specifically mention the Investigatory Powers Act, but it does pledge to “ensure the powers exercised by the security services are proportionate and used in accordance with human rights, and review the circumstances requiring a judicial warrant” through a Charter of Digital Rights.

What Liberty is calling for: Ban police and private company use of facial recognition technology in all publicly accessible places.

Analysis:

The manifesto does not mention facial recognition technology, although the party has previously pledged to regulate it.

Stand against discriminatory policing

What Liberty is calling for: Outlaw the use of racist predictive policing tools.

Analysis:

The manifesto does not specifically mention predictive policing tools, but it does include a pledge to “work to eliminate institutional biases against BAME communities”.

What Liberty is calling for: Scrap powers to stop and search people without suspicion and limit remaining stop and search powers.

Analysis:

The Labour manifesto says it will address the use of expanded stop and search powers that disproportionately target BAME people.

Defend access to justice

What Liberty is calling for: Reinstate legal aid so that justice isn’t reserved only for people who can afford it.

Analysis:

The manifesto says Labour will restore all early legal aid advice, including for housing, social security, family and immigration cases.

Protect human rights for everyone

What Liberty is calling for: Commit to maintaining the Human Rights Act.

Analysis:

The manifesto pledges to defend the Human Rights Act.

What Liberty is calling for: Legislate to plug any rights gap left by the process of leaving the EU.

Analysis:

The manifesto contains a firm commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights, and to plugging the rights gap with a revised Withdrawal Agreement that provides legal protections for citizens’ and workers’ rights.

Labour also plans to advance human rights protections by incorporating the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination into British law.