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, 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.
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.
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.
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.