Boris Johnson to visit the North East today






Prime Minister Boris Johnson will come under more pressure on his levelling up agenda on a visit to the North East today. (Image PA)





Mr Johnson will be at the Port of Tyne in South Shields this morning to speak at the opening session of the annual CBI conference.


His visit to the region comes as the Government has faced widespread criticism over its rail plan that downgraded much hoped-for improvements in the North.



Mr Johnson is set to announce that new homes built in England will have to have electric car charging points as business leaders will hear that reaching net zero gives the UK “a shot at redemption”.



And Mr Johnson is expected to tell the conference: “We will require new homes and buildings to have EV charging points, with another 145,000 charging points to be installed thanks to these regulations.


“We are investing in new projects to turn wind power into hydrogen and our net-zero strategy is expected to trigger about £90 billion of private sector investment, driving the creation of high wage high skilled jobs as part of our mission to unite and level up across the country.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, meanwhile, will move to reassure business leaders that his party would be financially responsible in government.




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