Labour Party is a centre-left wing political party in the United Kingdom, which
was founded on the 27th February 1900, in London, by Keir Hardie. The primary aim for the Labour Party is to bring
together a coalition of social-democratic, socialist and trade-unionist stances
forward. The Labour party is led by Jeremy Corbyn and it is the prime support
for the working class. The working class is the social group involving of
people who are employed for wages, especially in manual or industrial work who
strive for a living and status in society.
argument of whether Labour should still try to be the party of the working
class is undecided by many individuals. Although, Jeremy Corbyn represents the left-wing,
several people, such as Daniel Allington who mentioned in his article (Does the
working class need to ask for its Labour Party back?) that “Corbyn was
left-wing in a way that would alienate the very people he claimed to speak for
i.e. the working class” are still unsure of whether Labour is the definite
choice. Additionally, Allington also
argues that since Corbyn was a Middle-Class individual himself, representing the
working class in parliament was just seen as Corbyn being fond of a “good rally
or social media spat”, insinuating the idea that Jeremy Corbyn is only for
wanting the attention of the media, creating a buzz for people to talk about.
However, the Labour Party’s policies are mainly focused at the working class in
order to improve their lifestyles and allow them to have a voice in society, which
Jeremy Corbyn is the leader for. Hence, one of Labour’s major policies is an
increase in the national minimum wage, which would be of great importance to
the working class, due to the rise of inflation, after the UK deciding to leave
the EU. This is beneficial for workers as they will receive a higher salary and
thus, in return may lift some of the workers out of poverty. Furthermore, this
results in the government being able to reduce the amount of benefits given out,
since individuals shall be able to support themselves and their families due to
them being financially stable. Secondly, an increase in the national minimum wage
results in an increase of disposable income for workers, which enables people to
spend it on services and goods such as going on family holidays. Consequently,
consuming these goods and services shall rise the working-class’s standard of
living, as well as, boosting the economy’s consumption. This is due to the
concept of Labour being seen as an example of derived demand, meaning that the
more people consume, the more job opportunities shall be available as there
will be more supermarkets, cinemas, etc. Thirdly, income variation shall be reduced
since more money shall distributed out into the economy and the rise in
consumption shall result in a higher tax revenue for the Government.
policy the working-class fights for is to remove student tuition fees. This is
beneficial for the working class as they will not have to pay for their
education. For example, a student will not have to repay back any loans they
have taken out to fulfil their career aspirations.
addition, parties like the conservatives want to privatise the NHS, which would
make it more difficult for the working-class families to access health care.
Whereas, the Labour Party aim “to deliver safe staffing levels and reduce
waiting lists”, resulting in patients being taken care of more efficiently.
Also, removing the charges for parking in the hospital car park would make it
easier for both patients and staff as they will not have to spend extra money to
park their cars.