Parties pitch policies ahead of manifesto launches

On to Labour, who this morning have pledged to build more prisons by allowing ministers to by-pass the traditional planning process.

Under its plans, prisons would be designated sites of “national importance” on public safety grounds – placing the power to green-light planning applications solely in ministers’ hands.

The party said the policy would help it create the 20,000 prison places the Conservative Party had promised but not yet delivered.

The Conservatives attacked Labour’s record and said the government had overseen the “largest expansion to the prison estate since the Victorian era.”

Shadow justice secretary Shabana Mahmood will be on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg later, so we’ll get her thoughts on the policy then.

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