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Levelling up isn’t about north or south, or city or town. It’s about restoring local pride

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Boris Johnson put levelling up at the heart of his conference speech today. But what is it? The objectives of levelling up are clear. To empower local leaders and communities. To grow the private sector and raise livi...

Boris Johnson now has the chance to make ‘levelling up’ mean something

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When Boris Johnson addresses his party faithful today, I would be happy if he did no more than repeat the promises that he made the last time he gave a major speech in Manchester. That was just over two years ago, in ...

Senior black union leader condemns ‘colour-blind’ levelling up

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A “colour-blind” approach to the levelling up agenda would have a damaging effect on black workers, the UK’s most senior black union leader has warned. Dr Patrick Roach, the general secretary of the NASUWT, the teache...

If Johnson is serious about ‘levelling up’, he needs to look at what Labour got right

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No one knows what “levelling up” is, but now Boris Johnson wants 10 more years to do it. A white paper on the grand strategy is promised but, in the meantime, take a good look at this week’s report from Onward – a cen...

Take-up of second Covid jab in England levelling off

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Hundreds of thousands of people have failed to come forward for their second Covid jab, official data shows, as scientists warned that improving uptake among adults is more crucial than moving on to children’s vaccine...

The cost of Boris Johnson’s ‘levelling up’: £2tn, says UK thinktank

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Boris Johnson’s plan to “level up” the UK will require a similar scale of funding to the near-£2tn reunification of Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a leading thinktank has said. Centre for Cities said the s...

Johnson’s levelling up plan lacks definition and planning, say MPs

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Boris Johnson’s plan to “level up” depressed areas of the UK to close the gap with London and the south-east risks becoming an “everything and nothing policy” that lacks definition, coordination and planning, accordin...

Coventry yet to be convinced by Boris Johnson’s talk of ‘levelling up’

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Surrounded by gleaming steel on the floor of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC), a first-of-its kind battery maker, Boris Johnson gave his speech in Coventry at the focal point of manufacturing for the el...

PM attempts to reassure southern MPs over ‘levelling up’

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Boris Johnson will attempt to reassure Tory MPs in south-east England that his flagship “levelling up” policy does not involve directly favouring the party’s new power base in the north and Midlands at their expense. ...

The Guardian view on levelling up: not Johnson’s idea but Thatcher’s

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In the British cult comedy movie Monty Python’s Life of Brian there is a row between members of the People’s Front of Judea over “what have the Romans ever done for us?”. While the characters initially castigate the i...

As long as the agenda is set in London, ‘levelling up’ will never succeed

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Boris Johnson to unveil £3bn bus sector shake-up to drive ‘levelling up’

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A new £3bn transport strategy will lead to the creation of hundreds of miles of new bus lanes, fares with daily price caps and more evening and weekend services, according to the government. The prime minister is unve...

If Boris Johnson is serious about levelling up, he would plan for a 2026 census now

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An extra population survey, on top of next week’s, would provide information the country really needsThe 2021 census is being held on Sunday 21 March – online. You may have already received your code through the post....

Levelling up fund fails to tackle legacy of austerity, says Labour

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Shadow communities secretary accuses Tories of using taxpayers’ money to ‘shore up’ votesThe shadow communities secretary has accused the government of using taxpayers’ money to “shore up” Tory votes with “cosmetic” p...