PM’s bid to woo Labour vot­ers with his ‘one-na­tion’ pitch

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BORIS John­son last night promised “mas­sive” fund­ing for the NHS in a “one-na­tion” pitch to tra­di­tional Labour vot­ers con­sid­er­ing vot­ing Tory for the first time.

In his in­ter­view with the Daily Ex­press, the Prime Min­is­ter in­sisted the health ser­vice would be bet­ter pro­tected un­der his lead­er­ship. He also spoke of how meet­ing low-paid staff at Lon­don’s City Hall dur­ing his spell as the cap­i­tal’s mayor had in­spired his “one-na­tion Con­ser­vatism”.

His vi­sion is ded­i­cated to rep­re­sent­ing the whole coun­try while striv­ing to im­prove liv­ing stan­dards of the least wel-off.

In a di­rect ap­peal to for­mer Labour vot­ers, the Prime Min­is­ter said: “Be in no doubt that we will fund

the NHS mas­sively, we will trans­form the NHS and it will be a bet­ter ser­vice un­der us than it would be un­der Labour.

“There is no power on earth that would make us sell any part of it. That is Ber­muda Tri­an­gle stuff trot­ted out by Cor­byn to dis­guise the hole at the heart of his Brexit pol­icy.

“Only a one-na­tion gov­ern­ment can put in the fund­ing the NHS needs.”

He added: “The NHS is get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter.

“Look at what it is do­ing on cancer and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.

“It needs cham­pi­oning and it needs sup­port.

“Be­cause Labour al­ways politi­cises the NHS, their agenda is to say it is fail­ing. In many re­spects it is do­ing a bril­liant job. What it needs now is more fund­ing, we need more nurses – we’re putting 50,000 more in, 6,000 more GPs.”

The Prime Min­is­ter said he wanted to help hard­work­ing, pa­tri­otic cit­i­zens strug­gling to make a liv­ing by cut­ting their taxes and spread­ing op­por­tu­nity.

He said: “When I was mayor I used to get in very early and meet peo­ple, of­ten first-gen­er­a­tion im­mi­grants. They’d have got up lit­er­ally at 3am.

“They used to tell me how much they were on and how much they loved this coun­try.

“Their lives were so hard. It was clear that they weren’t get­ting enough and couldn’t make ends meet. You need a dy­namic econ­omy to cre­ate well­paid jobs for ev­ery­body.

“For me one-na­tion Con­ser­vatism means hav­ing a gov­ern­ment that un­der­stands the bal­ance.

“It is about great pub­lic ser­vices but also about sup­port­ing wealth cre­ation and busi­ness.

“For the se­cu­rity guys, the clean­ers, the cater­ers, those guys I used to meet first thing in the morn­ing, they have to have de­cent wages. So we’re rais­ing the Liv­ing Wage.”

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