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