Andy Burnham: Labour would axe tuition fees and renationalise the railways under my leadership

Andy Burnham says Labour will scrap tuition fees, renationalise the railways and introduce a living wage for all ages if he becomes the party's next leader.

Unveiling his manifesto, the shadow health secretary - who is up against Jeremy Corbyn, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall - said his policies offered "something for people in every postcode".

Labour, he said, can become the party which "helps everyone get on in life".

His five manifesto pledges are:

  • Replacing tuition fees with a new graduate tax and creating a university-style support for youngsters seeking apprenticeships

  • A national living wage for all ages, banning forced zero-hours contracts and unpaid internships

  • Renationalisation of railways and buses

  • "Good care from cradle to grave" through the introduction of a National Health and Care Service which brings social care into the NHS

  • An affordable home for all to rent or own by freeing councils to build new homes and introducing regulation of the private rented sector

Despite being the bookies' favourite to succeed Ed Miliband, Mr Burnham's campaign has struggled to match the momentum of Jeremy Corbyn's.

The veteran left-winger has seen a dramatic surge in support for his anti-austerity platform and a poll released last week put the Islington MP 22 points ahead of his rivals.

The next Labour leader will be announced on September 12.