Tuesday, 27 Jul 2021

Boris Johnson’s ‘level up’ plan bashed by Labour MP – ‘Nothing of substance’

Boris Johnson outlines plans to help UK 'level up'

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MP Steve Reed, Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, slammed Boris Johnson’s proposals on BBC Newsnight. “It’s more like a figment of the imagination because there’s absolutely nothing of substance in there,” he said.

The “skeleton” plan was announced in a speech by the Prime Minister in Coventry.

The aim of the plan is to spread power and opportunity more evenly and Mr Johnson said the Government wanted to “rewrite the rulebook” on local devolution.

He also said he wants to offer county areas in England more opportunities and the same powers major cities hold.

“We don’t want to decapitate the tall poppies,” Mr Johnson said in his speech.

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“We don’t think you can make the poor parts of the country richer by making the rich parts poorer.

“Levelling up is not a jam-spreading operation.

“It’s not robbing Peter to pay Paul.

“It’s not zero-sum. It’s win-win.”

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However, the Prime Minister’s new plan has been heavily criticised by the Labour Party, with Angela Rayner, deputy leader, dismissing the new policy as a “PR exercise”.

“It is all jam tomorrow and a load of baloney,” she told the BBC.

“What he pretends and what he says he is going to do, is not what happens in reality.”

Mr Johnson’s plan involves investing in transport, skills and businesses to address inequalities in the nation.

More details about the “level up” plan is expected to be released in September.

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