Today, I am looking forward to the speech that the Prime Minister will make in the West Midlands when he will announce a 'New Deal' for Britain. Boris Johnson will launch an ambitious economic strategy which will put jobs, skills and infrastructure investment at the heart of our economic recovery post-coronavirus, and deliver on our manifesto pledges to level up the entire country.
We are committed not just to defeating coronavirus but to using this crisis to tackle this country’s great unresolved challenges of the last three decades: to build the homes, to fix the NHS, to tackle the skills crisis, to mend the indefensible gap in opportunity and productivity and connectivity between the regions of the UK, and to unite and level up. Too many parts of this country have felt left behind, neglected, unloved, as though someone had taken a strategic decision that their fate did not matter as much as the metropolis. Not only has a vision to change this country for the better, we have a mission to unite and level up – the mission on which we were elected last year. I know that the funding announcements will make a difference to residents here in Great Yarmouth.
If we deliver this plan together, then we will together build our way back to health. We will not just bounce back, we will bounce forward – stronger and better and more united than ever before.