Johnson struggles to add substance to his ‘levelling up’ rhetoric

London Letter: ‘Big speech’ in Coventry proves a damp squib as PM offers mere ‘skeleton of a plan’

 Boris Johnson delivers a speech on “levelling up” in the regions during a visit to the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre in Coventry. Photograph:  David Rose/AFP/Getty Imagers

Boris Johnson delivers a speech on “levelling up” in the regions during a visit to the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre in Coventry. Photograph: David Rose/AFP/Getty Imagers

Boris Johnson’s heavily-trailed big speech in Coventry about his vision for levelling up the country was so insubstantial that even he admitted it was no more than a “skeleton of a plan”. The prime minister has been talking about levelling up since the 2019 general election campaign but his own backbenchers confess that they still don’t know what it means.

“It means whatever anyone wants it to mean,” Newbury MP Laura Farris said.

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