Labour draws up plans for government in case of snap election


Party preparing about 35 pieces of legislation to be ready to go should it win power

Labour is privately ramping up preparations for government, holding an away day on Monday where shadow cabinet members will present plans for a leftwing populist legislative programme so the party is ready for a snap general election.

The event in London will lay out plans for draft Queen’s speech of up to 35 bills and a budget intended to focus on living standards and workers’ rights.

Senior figures in the party such as the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, have been consulting regularly with Gordon Brown to hone their plans and ensure Labour can act quickly in government.

The Guardian also reports that the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and other senior figures have been meeting with Gordon Brown to help ensure they are ready to take over the reigns straight after Theresa May loses a vote.

“We don’t want to repeat the mistake Brown made where he was only prepared for the first 100 days and then was faced with calls for an election,” a senior Labour source told the Guardian.

enior shadow cabinet members have reportedly been told to turn up with six priority ideas and other plans for legislation over the course of the parliament.

A source told the Mirror the proposal is part of plans by Shadow Cabinet minister Jon Trickett to get the party “ready for government”.

This week a YouGov poll put Labour five points ahead of the country.

Although a general election is not due until 2020, the fragile parliamentary arithmetic and the volatility of the Tory party over Brexit means in theory the Government could collapse at any point.

Privately Labour Party staff admit they expect it to come much sooner.

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