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PM pledges more powers for local leaders

The Prime Minister also pledged to hand more power to local leaders, with the possibility of elected mayors for counties….reports Asian Lite News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a plan to “level up” the country, by spreading power and opportunity more evenly, according to reports.

In a speech in Coventry, the Johnson insisted his flagship policy will not make the “rich parts” of the UK poorer but would be a “win win” for everyone, the BBC reported.

The Prime Minister also pledged to hand more power to local leaders, with the possibility of elected mayors for counties.

He also set out the catalytic role for government and the need to focus on growing the private sector by creating the conditions for long-term growth and productivity; invest in infrastructure and connectivity; ensure that people have access to good public services, and the skills and training needed to get good jobs; and improve the quality of life in communities through cutting crime and regenerating towns and high streets.

Meanwhile, Labour Party described Johnson’s speech as “gibberish nonsense”. The party’s deputy leader Angela Rayner dismissed the PM’s promises as a “PR exercise”, adding that Mr Johnson “does not do detail, he does soundbites”, the BBC reported.

“It is all jam tomorrow and a load of baloney. What he pretends and what he says he is going to do, is not what happens in reality,” Rayner was quoted as saying.

Johnson said the government wanted to “rewrite the rulebook” on local devolution and offer county areas in England “new deals” to give them the same powers as those currently given to major cities.

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