LONDON (AP) – Britainâ€™s main opposition Labour Party is launching its detailed platform for Britainâ€™s Dec. 12 election as it tries to close an opinion-poll gap with the governing Conservatives.
The left-of-center party is pledging higher public spending and a greater role for the state in housing, transport and the provision of utilities.
The party says Thursdayâ€™s manifesto will include pledges to build 150,000 new homes a year for social rent and create hundreds of thousands of â€œgreen jobsâ€ to combat climate change.
Prime Minister Boris Johnsonâ€™s Conservatives accuse Labour of reckless spending and outmoded socialist ideas.
But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn compares himself to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose â€œNew Dealâ€ helped tackle the Great Depression. Corbyn said Roosevelt â€œhad to take on the rich and powerful in America to do it.â€
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