Boris Johnson uses old roadmap to chart post-coronavirus future

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to turn back to the Conservative manifesto | Pool photo by Toby Melville/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson uses old roadmap to chart post-coronavirus future

British prime minister to set out plan to build his way out of the coronavirus pandemic.


6/29/20, 11:30 PM CET

Updated 6/29/20, 11:45 PM CET

LONDON — Boris Johnson will chart Britain’s post-coronavirus future — by dusting down his previous plan.

The prime minister will turn back to the Conservative manifesto that delivered his big House of Commons majority last December when he sets out his vision on Tuesday to rebuild the country after the pandemic.

In a speech in Dudley in the Midlands that has been trailed as an attempt to reset the agenda following sustained criticism of the U.K. government’s response to the pandemic, Johnson will pledge to “build, build, build” in the hope that Britain can dig itself out of the economic crisis wrought by the coronavirus.

“This government 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,” he will say, according to comments released to the media.

Johnson will bring forward £5 billion for hospital maintenance plans, as well as road and rail building, school refurbishment, prison upgrades and improvements to parks and high streets.

He will channel former U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, who implemented a “New Deal” of public works to help America overcome the depression of the 1930s.

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