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How the mainstream media covered the Labour manifesto

Matilda Long

Labour officially released its manifesto yesterday after a draft version was leaked to the press last week.

Thanks to the unintentional sneak preview, there was little in the document that came as a surprise.

Jeremy Corbyn’s party pledged to scrap tuition fees, introduce a 50p tax rate for the highest earners, renationalise England’s water companies, end zero-hours contracts and expand free childcare.

The right-wing press joyfully picked holes in Labour’s numbers, accusing Mr Corbyn of fudging his sums and wanting to put Britain on course for financial ruin.

A rare sliver of support came from the pro-Labour Daily Mirror, who called the manifesto ‘Labour’s most exciting programme for decades.’

Other papers left the manifesto off their front pages, leading instead with the death of Moors Murderer Ian Brady.

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