Live: Boris Johnson speech on plans to level up country.

Boris Johnson will deliver a major speech outlining his vision for his flagship “leveling up” policy.

The prime minister sees the concept as the fundamental purpose of his government, and while we may only be a year and a half into this parliament, it has been criticized by Conservative MPs worried about Downing Street neglecting their traditional heartlands, and by opponents who say it is nebulous and policy light.

There is always going to be pressure on such a speech to deliver on substance, but even more so given No. 10 is having a pretty bumpy time at the moment.

Mutterings of discontent among Tory backbenchers are growing louder on everything from COVID to culture wars, aid, planning, spending, social care, schools and going green.

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