Boris Johnson has said he is ready to make “big, bold decisions” to rebuild the post-Covid country when the Tory party conference opens in Manchester.
The prime minister arrived at the start of the annual meeting in an exuberant mood, borne by opinion polls that the Conservatives showed before Labor.
In a statement released on Saturday, he stated: “We did not go through Covid to return to the old state – the status quo ante.
“Building better means we want things to change and improve while we relax.
“That means making the big, bold decisions about the priorities that people care about – such as social welfare, job support, climate change, fighting crime and balancing out.”
But behind the optimism, Conservative MPs traveling to the city are aware that a series of storm clouds are gathering.
As the fuel crisis appears to be easing in much of the country, petrol station traders are warning of a worsening situation in London and the South East.
With long queues at many petrol stations, military drivers will take to the streets on Monday to help supply the forecourt with supplies.
It is feared that the crisis-related shortage of truck drivers in the run-up to Christmas could lead to empty shelves in stores.
In a letter in The Sun, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer blamed Mr. Johnson for the “chaos” and accused the prime minister of ignoring repeated industry warnings.
“Boris Johnson was warned about this crisis and he did nothing about it. Britain deserves better than that incompetence and total lack of leadership, ”he said.
Meanwhile, some Tories fear the government is facing a “cost of living crisis” with many households struggling over winter to make ends meet, threatening the government’s important “leveling” agenda.
It follows the end of the £ 20 per week universal loan hike and vacation program and the hike in the energy price cap at a time when many store prices are going up.
Household budgets will continue to hit starting next April, when social security contributions rise 1.25% to pay for the government’s investments in the NHS and welfare.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak tried to address some of the concerns by announcing a £ 500 million hardship fund for vulnerable families, but for some it may not go far enough.
Former Cabinet Secretary David Davis told The Observer: “You will not rise by raising taxes and the cost of living for the working class. We have to be absolutely clear what level advancement means. “
On a visit to the Leeds General Infirmary on Saturday, Mr Johnson insisted that wages go up too, with wages of the least affluent rising fastest.
He made it clear that he was determined to withstand further pressure from employers to address labor shortages by relaxing immigration rules.
“I think Britain should stop trying to be a low-wage, low-skilled and productive economy,” he said.
“People don’t want that. They want us to be a well-paid, well-educated, and highly productive economy, and that is our goal. “
Meanwhile, party leader Oliver Dowden is expected to use his conference opening speech to refute Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner’s accusation that the Tories are “dregs.”
“I know this is a fundamentally decent party,” is expected of Mr Dowden. “You may not always hear it from our opponents, but I see it every day.”
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