As the coronavirus vaccine rollout continues, with 16 million already jabbed, the country can finally begin to see a way out of the pandemic which put normal life on hold for a year. Rightly, the Government has focused all its efforts on tackling the crisis and saving lives. But when the country emerges from lockdown and the crisis begins to ebb, thoughts will turn to how Tory election promises made in December 2019 – just weeks before Britain’s first confirmed Covid-19 case was discovered – can be delivered. Here, Deputy Political Editor Ben Glaze examines the scale of the challenge. Boris Johnson is today urged to deliver on "levelling-up" promises to Northern voters as the country begins to look beyond the coronavirus pandemic. The Prime Minister was warned he owes a debt to Red Wall voters in former Labour heartlands who were seduced by his election pledges on tackling Britain’s inequality. The 64-page Conservative Party manifesto contained 11 references to "levelling up" or to "level up". When the Mirror visited five Red Wall seats a year ago , electors told how a combination of wanting to "Get Brexit Done", a dislike of Jeremy Corbyn’s lack of patriotism, and unusual enthusiasm… Read full this story
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