Boris vows to heal nation with a good Brexit — and keep Corbyn from No10 – The Sun

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Boris vows to heal nation with a good Brexit — and keep Corbyn from No10 – The Sun

BORIS Johnson unveils a bold ­manifesto to unite divided Britain by getting a good Brexit, boosting police numbers and keeping Jeremy Corbyn out of No10.

He outlines his dream of a prosperous, confident, forward-looking nation — a vision he describes as “tailor-made for Sun readers and all their concerns”.

 Boris Johnson today unveils a bold ­manifesto to unite divided Britain by getting a good Brexit, boosting police numbers and keeping Jeremy Corbyn out of No10

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Boris Johnson today unveils a bold ­manifesto to unite divided Britain by getting a good Brexit, boosting police numbers and keeping Jeremy Corbyn out of No10

 Boris has made a pledge to avoid the 'horror of a Corbyn government'

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Boris has made a pledge to avoid the ‘horror of a Corbyn government’Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Boris, front-runner in the race for No10, also pledges to close the “opportunity gap” between haves and have-nots.

Writing in The Sun, he vows to fund 20,000 new police officers, an increase of a sixth.


The former Foreign Secretary and London Mayor also promises to:

  • END the current crime wave by clearing the streets of knives and locking up drugs gangs;
  • GIVE the police support so they can  carry out proper stop and search effectively;
  •  REVIVE the “left behind” areas of the North and  Midlands by finally delivering new rail networks;
  • DELIVER Brexit by October 31 — insisting that only he “really understands and believes in the project”.

Boris, 55, writes: “If the Brexit vote taught us anything, it is that too many parts of the UK feel left behind — that they do not get the chance to compete or to show off their potential.

“I have a unique plan to bring this country together, and to unite our society in the way that I was able to unite London.”

Boris’s promise to boost police numbers by 20,000 by 2022 will mean replacing all the officers cut since 2010.

Taking their number back up to above 140,000 will cost the country £1.1billion.

But Boris did not say how he planned to pay for the costly pledge.

 Leadership challenger Sajid Javid also promised more police officers

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Leadership challenger Sajid Javid also promised more police officersCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Boosting the police is a policy taken directly from former leadership challenger Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary. Boris had hoped to get Mr Javid to endorse his drive to be Tory leader and PM.

Mr Javid was yesterday refusing to say whether he would be backing Boris.

But Boris did win the endorsement of the majority of Conservative Police and Crime Commissioners last night – 12 of a total of 20.

My No10 dream for Sun readers

No1o favourite Boris writes directly to Sun readers…

IT is an incredible fact that this country is set to become the most prosperous economy in Europe — right up there with Germany — by the middle of this century.

We lead the world in so many of the key sectors of the 21st century. We beat all comers in bioscience. We have the biggest and most exciting tech scene anywhere this hemisphere.

It is the UK that can boast the most world-class universities, the biggest financial centre, the most creative TV producers — and British pop stars outsell everyone else in the global charts.

We should be bursting with confidence in our country and its future. London and the South East are the most economically productive regions in the whole of Europe — beating even Lombardy or North-Rhine Westphalia.

And yet that economic dynamism and success are not shared equally by the whole of the UK.

If the Brexit vote taught us anything, it is that too many parts of the UK feel left behind — that they do not get the chance to compete or to show off their potential.

They don’t get the investment they need, and if you are a young kid growing up in a left-behind town you may have all the talent in the world — but you don’t have the opportunities you deserve.

 'Kick the can and we kick the bucket' — Boris says he is the man to deliver a 'good Brexit'

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‘Kick the can and we kick the bucket’ — Boris says he is the man to deliver a ‘good Brexit’Credit: Alamy Live News

We need to close that opportunity gap. And the reason I am standing for the post of leader of the Conservative Party — and therefore Prime Minister — is that I have a unique plan to bring this country together, and to unite our society in the way that I was able to unite London.

This is a plan tailor-made for Sun readers and all their concerns.

People forget it now, but when I became Mayor of our capital more than ten years ago, they talked of a tale of two cities — the rich and the poor.

Kick the can and we kick the bucket. And by the way, I think it is time we had someone who campaigned for Brexit — and who really understands and believes in the project — to get us out properly.

Boris Johnson

We had four of the six poorest boroughs in the whole of the UK. When I stepped down at the end of two terms I am proud to say that we had none of the poorest 20.

The whole city had got richer and more prosperous — but it  was the poorest quartile that  had seen the biggest growth in  life expectancy.

We lifted up and we levelled up — by bringing down crime sharply, by investing massively in transport infrastructure, and building high-quality homes on brownfield sites.

By cutting the murder rate 50 per cent, we helped the families whose kids were more likely to be victims of gun or knife crime.

By increasing public transport capacity, and cutting delays by 30 per cent, we helped people on modest incomes to commute easily to the opportunity areas and to get good jobs.

‘I PLEDGE ANOTHER 20,000 POLICE OFFICERS’

And that same transport infrastructure enabled us to build more than 100,000 affordable homes without destroying the green belt.

Now we can use roughly the same approach to level up across the whole of the UK.

We need to end the current crime wave across the country just as we ended it in London — rounding up the leaders of the “county lines” drugs gangs, backing the police to do proper stop and search.

That is why I today pledge another 20,000 police officers — because I back the police and I will give them the political top cover to do the jobs they signed up to do.

Yes, some people say stop and search is discriminatory. I say nonsense. Talk to the mums of kids who get sucked into the gangs.

They know the kindest and most loving thing we can do is take the knives off the streets, just as we took 11,000 knives off the streets of London in about 18 months.

But the best solution to most social evils is the prospect of a good job, and that means we must now do much more for education.

I pledge if elected to increase per-pupil funding both for primary and secondary schools, so that spending resumes its pre-2015 trajectory.

 We need to end the current crime wave across the country just as we ended it in London — rounding up the leaders of the 'county lines' drugs gangs, backing the police to do proper stop and search.

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We need to end the current crime wave across the country just as we ended it in London — rounding up the leaders of the ‘county lines’ drugs gangs, backing the police to do proper stop and search.Credit: Alamy

And we should close the unfair funding gap that has been allowed to appear across the country.

We should also boost funding for further education. We need to do far more to unleash the practical talent in this country.

We should be unlocking jobs and growth with new and better transport infrastructure. I want to be the PM who does with NPR — the Crossrail of the North — what I did in London with Crossrail.

I want to give the whole of the West Midlands the type of mass transit connections that make London so successful — and to help West Midlands Mayor Andy Street with his visionary agenda.

We should be doing far more in Wales and the West Country, and across the whole of the UK.

It is an absolute disgrace that the people of Spain now have 85 per cent coverage of full fibre broadband, while in this country — where we pioneered the very idea of the world wide web — we have only seven per cent coverage.

We are going to turbo-charge that project, accelerate it by eight years — and bring Britain together.

 Boris says the Tories must take back votes lost to Nigel Farage's Brexit Party if they are to stop Corbyn reaching No10

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Boris says the Tories must take back votes lost to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party if they are to stop Corbyn reaching No10Credit: Getty Images – Getty

We need to rediscover our belief in the simple idea at the heart of modern Conservatism — that you need a dynamic and creative ­market economy to pay for great public services: the infrastructure, the health service, the education system and social services.

And in turn you need great ­public services to act as the bedrock on which business can have the confidence to grow and invest.

It is basic common sense; it is by far the best way for our economy to succeed and grow.

There is one man who simply doesn’t get it — and whose plans would mean ruin for this country — and that is Jeremy Corbyn and the modern Labour Party.

JEREMY CORBYN ‘SEEMS TO SYMPATHISE WITH MULLAHS OF TEHRAN RATHER THAN THE US’

He would be a political and strategic disaster for this country.

Look at how he seems to sympathise with the mullahs of Tehran rather than the US, our most important ally, when it comes to Iranian disruptive behaviour in the Gulf.

Look at the way he tried  to obfuscate the guilt of the Kremlin when it came to the poisonings in Salisbury.

But in his handling of the UK economy he would be positively catastrophic, with new high taxes on business, on pensions, on  inheritance, on gardens, on financial transactions and just about everything else. He cannot and must not be allowed anywhere near Downing Street.

And in case anyone has forgotten, the last time I had to fight a representative of that weird semi-Marxist cabal known as the London Labour left, I beat him when the Conservative party trailed Labour by some 17 points.

We won then, and we can win again — but before then there is one crucial thing we must get done.

 Boris believes Britain must choose a man who believes in Brexit and campaigned for it - unlike Jeremy Hunt

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Boris believes Britain must choose a man who believes in Brexit and campaigned for it – unlike Jeremy HuntCredit: PA:Press Association

If we want to prevent the horror of a Corbyn government, we need to recapture those many thousands of voters who have despaired of the Tory Party and gone off either to the Brexit Party or the Liberal Democrats. There is only one way to rebuild trust in politics, and that is to get Brexit done.

We must come out of the EU by October 31. We must deliver on the will of the people, or we Conservatives will face extinction.

Kick the can and we kick the bucket. And by the way, I think it is time we had someone who campaigned for Brexit — and who really understands and believes in the project — to get us out properly.

I believe we can get a great deal — but the only way to do that is to prepare to leave without one.

This is a very great country, the fifth biggest economy in the world, and the people of this country are fed up with being told that they can’t do this or that, or that we are not up to it.

We need to get Brexit done by October 31, and then use the opportunities that Brexit provides.

For new low-tax free ports and economic zones, for free trade deals around the world, for better and less intrusive regulation, for democratically accountable rules  on immigration.

The opportunities are immense. All that is required is for our country to recover its sense of self-belief and can-do.

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This is not the biggest or most powerful country on Earth.

We do not have the most nuclear missiles or the largest standing army. But we can be the greatest place on Earth — the greatest place to live, to bring up a family, to have a job, with the cleanest environment, the most beautiful countryside and the highest standards for animal welfare.

We have a fantastic future — but first we need to get Brexit done by October 31, begin the great work of uniting our country, while making sure that we get ready to defeat Jeremy Corbyn and the London left.

I know in my heart I am the man for the job, and I hope I can count on Sun readers’ support.’

 Boris talks about his success as London Mayor, including investing in transport infrastructure, and building high quality homes on brownfield sites

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Boris talks about his success as London Mayor, including investing in transport infrastructure, and building high quality homes on brownfield sitesCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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