By Deirdre Tynan • 15 July 2021 • 8:06
Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will outline his plans to level up England in a speech today, July 15.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will deliver a key speech in the West Midlands where he will outline his plans to level up England through greater investment in the north.
He will also reveal a series of measures designed to place the “great British high street” at the heart of post-Covid regeneration, including encouraging al fresco dining and extending for another 12 months the ability to grab take-away pints from pubs and bars.
“This will give a further boost to the hospitality industry as local residents enjoy a great British summer together outdoors,” the government said.
Johnson will say that London and the south-east have become overheated and that wealth and opportunity must spread north of the capital.
However, he will insist it is not a “jam spreading operation” and that it is a “win-win” for all of England.
“The Prime Minister is determined to level up the UK and deliver a fairer, stronger society – one where whatever your background and wherever you live, everyone can access the opportunities they need to succeed,” a government spokesperson said.
“While talent and potential is distributed evenly across this country, opportunity is not. That’s why as we emerge from the pandemic, it’s vital that we do not make the mistakes of recovery from the financial crash and seize this moment to ensure a better quality of life for people in every part of the UK,” the spokesperson added.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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