Boris Johnson’s speech on ‘levelling up’ decried for lack of substance

Experts criticise lack of new policy while Tory MPs fear agenda may be little more than ambiguous phrase

Boris Johnson’s flagship “levelling up” speech has been criticised by experts for containing scant new policy as concern grows among Conservative MPs that the guiding principle of his premiership risks becoming little more than a soundbite.

Two years after first committing to levelling up, the prime minister travelled to Coventry to deliver a freewheeling speech heavy on rhetorical flourishes but light on detail, and urged local leaders to send in their own suggestions.

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