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Labour manifesto launch & general election data journalism

Season 1

Labour launched its general election manifesto on Tuesday as Sir Keir Starmer sought to reassure millions of voters across middle England with a pledge of “stability” after years of Tory “chaos”.

Sir Keir declared the party would be “pro-business and pro-worker”, ruling out some tax rises, including on VAT, income tax and National Insurance.

But how - and what’s still at risk of rising or being cut?

For the latest, we’re joined by Evening Standard political editor Nicholas Cecil.

Plus, stats, names, numbers and percentages will come in thick and fast from hundreds of constituencies on 4 July - and the Evening Standard’s news team has preparing fresh ways to present results metrics to our audience.

Interactive maps, charts and graphs will also help readers to digest the data leading up to the general election.

Evening Standard business and technology correspondent Simon Hunt tells Mark Blunden about preparations for their data journalism project to go live soon at

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