What Is ‘Levelling Up’ And Can Boris Johnson Deliver?

The government’s legislative agenda for the next year or so was unveiled in this week’s Queen’s Speech. But it was perhaps more notable for what wasn’t in it. Boris Johnson’s plan to reform social care was still absent despite his 2019 claim to voters that he had one prepared. And the prime minister is still struggling to define how he will “level up” left behind communities.


Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake, an aide to Michael Gove, joins Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth to explain why it could take 30 years to finish the job of “levelling up” areas like his in North Yorkshire, and to reflect on whether Labour made a strategic mistake focusing on alleged sleaze ahead of last week’s local elections.


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