Boris Johnson vowed to defeat Covid and build a better country over the next decade in his leader’s speech at the Conservatives’ virtual conference.
Referring to the UK’s recovery after World War II, he said he wanted to build a “new Jerusalem”, with opportunities for all, improved housing and health care.
He warned that the UK could not return to normal after the pandemic, which would be a “catalyst” for major change.
And he dismissed suggestions that he had “lost his mojo” as a “doter.”
In his speech, delivered without the usual conference audience, he said he wanted to see the back of the coronavirus and the “erosion of freedoms” he had driven and see the country thrive again.
He said: “Even in the darkest of times, we can see a bright future. And we can see how to build it and we’ll build it together. “
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The Prime Minister hailed the UK’s fight against the virus, saying he was ‘more than enough’ of the disease – which he insisted would be defeated through a ‘collective effort’.
He insisted that the pandemic could not be allowed to “hold us back or slow us down” and that the country that emerged from the crisis would be very different from the one that preceded it.
“It’s not enough to get back to normal. We have lost too much. We have cried too much … We will not be satisfied with a repair job. ”
He pledged to make the UK a world leader in green energy by 2030, end ‘injustice’ in the provision of social care and extend one-on-one remedial education to students left behind during the pandemic, but also to those of “exceptional” ability – saying it could have a “transformative” effect on young people’s chances in life.
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the prime minister delivered a fundamental political message that the misery surrounding the coronavirus made him ‘more, not less determined, to drive the change he promised in the election “.
‘To do better’
Committed to rebuilding the dream of homeownership for young people, he pledged to help over 20-30 years on the housing ladder by making fixed rate mortgages available to those who don’t. only have 5% deposits.
He added: “In the depths of World War II, in 1942, when just about everything had gone wrong, the government sketched out a vision for the post-war New Jerusalem it wanted to build.
“And that’s what we’re doing now – in the face of this pandemic.