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Budget POLL: Is Boris Johnson right with new pledge to make buying a home easier? VOTE | UK | News

During a rousing speech to the Conservative Party’s online conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to ”fix our broken housing market” and help young people onto the housing ladder. Mr Johnson said his Tory government would reduce deposit sizes to 5 percent for home buyers as part of a drive to increase the rates of home ownership, especially among the under-40s.

Express.co.uk is asking you is Boris Johnson right to make buying a home easier with this pledge?

The Prime Minister also vowed to “transform the sclerotic planning system” and make it “faster and easier to build beautiful new homes without destroying the green belt or desecrating our countryside”.

Mr Johnson said: “These reforms will take time and they are not enough on their own.

“We need now to take forward one of the key proposals of our manifesto of 2019: giving young, first-time buyers the chance to take out a long-term, fixed-rate mortgage of up to 95 percent of the value of the home – vastly reducing the size of the deposit.

“And giving the chance of home ownership, and all the joy and the pride that goes with it, to millions who currently feel excluded.

“We believe that this policy could create two million more owner-occupiers, the biggest expansion of home ownership since the 1980s.

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The Prime Minister promised a revolution in green power generation, reforms to the social care system and improvements in education as he addressed the online Conservative Party conference.

But in the face of Tory unease about the state interventions imposed by the Government to stem the threat of coronavirus, Mr Johnson insisted they were the only steps he could take.

Mr Johnson said: “This Government has been forced by

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Boris Johnson to unveil plan to power all UK homes with wind by 2030

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Boris Johnson will promise to power every home in the UK with offshore wind energy within a decade, pledging to make the coronavirus pandemic a catalyst for green growth.



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In a speech to the virtual Conservative party conference on Tuesday, he will say that the government will invest in a clean energy future to create “hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs” in the next decade.

The prime minister said the UK would “become the world leader in low-cost clean power generation – cheaper than coal and gas”, comparing the UK’s resources in offshore wind to Saudi Arabia’s oil wealth.

“We believe that in 10 years’ time offshore wind will be powering every home in the country, with our target rising from 30 gigawatts to 40 gigawatts,” he will say. “Your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-in electric vehicle – the whole lot of them will get their juice cleanly and without guilt from the breezes that blow around these islands.”



a man standing next to a body of water: A female walker on Seaton Carew beach. The PM will compare the UK’s offshore wind resources to Saudi oil wealth at the Tory conference.


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A female walker on Seaton Carew beach. The PM will compare the UK’s offshore wind resources to Saudi oil wealth at the Tory conference.

The government has come under fire in recent months for failing to set out plans for a green recovery that would put the UK on track to meet its goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Apart from £3bn for insulating homes, there were no green measures in the Covid-19 recovery plan.

No 10 said the pledge was the first step in a 10-point “Build

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Brexit news: Labour leader blasted for siding with EU over Boris’ Brexit plan | Politics | News

The controversial Internal Market Bill passed its first Commons hurdle on Monday as MPs voted it through with a majority of 77. The Bill also completed the first day of committee stage without being changed, with an SNP amendment and Labour amendment both being defeated by the Government. But the Labour Party’s scrutiny of the Bill has been heavily criticised for “undermining the democratic choices of the British people”.

Richard Holden, MP for North West Durham, told Express.co.uk: “Sir Keir Starmer wrote the key part of Labour’s 2019 manifesto on demanding a second referendum on the EU.

“He’s not just someone who wanted Remain, he wants to undermine the democratic choices of the British people.

“Furthermore, with the EU currently refusing to give Britain a Canada-style free trade deal, and instead bind us into EU law on state aid, keep control of our fishing and put a customs border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland – they’re treating us with contempt.”

Mr Holden added that Sir Keir is appearing to be on the side of the EU over the Withdrawal Agreement.

He said: “As such, we need to have the option of a ‘break glass moment’ to save the Union if, and only if, the EU refuses to give us the right deal by the end of the year.

“The fact that Labour would rather break up the UK than push back against the EU shows that under Starmer they’re the same as under Corbyn – which shouldn’t be a surprise because Starmer wrote Corbyn’s Europe policy.

“We need strong leadership on this and that’s what’s being provided by the Government.

“The question the British people need to ask themselves is ‘what side is Sir Keir Starmer on?'”

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