Boris Johnson refuses to rule out tax rises to fund recovery plans

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PM pledges to deliver manifesto pledge of ‘levelling up’ country after Covid-19 crisis

Boris Johnson refused to rule out raising taxes to meet the costs of tackling the Covid-19 crisis on Tuesday, as he promised to use infrastructure spending and planning reforms to “build, build, build” his way out of a looming recession.

Delivering a major speech in Dudley College of Technology, the prime minister claimed his government would tackle the long-term problems in the UK economy revealed by the “lightning flash” of the pandemic.

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