Prime Minister Gordon Brown admitted that his party faces the “fight of our lives” and sought to win support by pledging income tax freezes.
He also vowed to stick with controversial increases in public spending until the country’s economic recovery is secured.
Brown has pledged to half the budget deficit within four years and maintains that Tory plans to cut public sector spending immediately would jeapordise the county’s economic recovery.
The Prime Minister said that voters face a choice between a progressive government and a conservative government.
“In 1997 New Labour asked the country for the opportunity to renew Britain, our hospitals, our schools, our towns and cities. Now in a changed time, New Labour is once again ready and equipped to answer the call of the future,” he said.
The Prime Minister has also promised to overhaul the House of Lords and update the country’s voting system.
As Brown tries to inject fresh life into Labour’s ailing electoral campaign, opponents say his pledges of electoral and political reform contained little more than hot air.
“Gordon Brown talked about it when he became Prime Minister in his first few days and he failed to deliver,” said Lib Dem Shadow Foreign Minister Edward Davey. “A deathbed conversion when he’s desperate to cling on to power is not going to be very convincing, is it?”
David Cameron, leader of Britain’s main opposition party, the Conservatives, will announce his manifesto tomorrow.
The Tories have been vocal opponents of Labour’s plan to raise National Insurance.
The Tories are currently leading the polls although analysts say election on May 6th will be too close to call.