Labour leadership challenger pledges care sector Wage Council

NANTGARW, WALES – JULY 17: Owen Smith, Labour MP for Pontypridd, launches his Labour leadership campaign at Coleg y Cymoedd on July 17, 2016 in Nantgarw, Wales. The ex-shadow work and pensions secretary has pledged to hold a second EU referendum on the terms of Brexit and has proposed a £200bn “British New Deal” investment programme. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Labour Party leadership challenger Owen Smith yesterday pledged to raise the minimum wage in the care sector through the reintroduction of a Wage Council.

The former works and pension spokesman made the announcement during a speech laden with 20 left leaning policy proposals.

Mr Smith also pledged to raise £3 billion each year through a wealth tax to fund the NHS and reduce inequality.

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Mr Smith, who lies 20 points behind in the two-horse leadership race, is positioning himself as a soft-left, unifying alternative to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.




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