Voters in ‘Red Wall’ areas one-third more likely to be murdered as Boris Johnson falls short of vow to upgrade Britain
BORIS Johnson is sorely breaking his Red Wall promise to bring Britain up to speed, a damning report today reveals.
Voters for the seats that carried him to victory in 2019 are still far behind.
They remain significantly less well off than the rest of the UK and are more likely to have diabetes and be disabled or obese.
Alcohol abuse in the Red Wall areas is higher and life expectancy more than a year lower.
And the people who lived there were almost a third more likely to be murdered last year.
Tonight the Prime Minister’s own Tory MPs in the North and Midlands have called for action.
Jill Mortimer of Hartlepool said: “My constituents don’t want freebies – they want targeted solutions.”
Jonathan Gullis, of Stoke-on-Trent North, said: “Upgrading has to be about skills and jobs.
The Legatum Institute think tank study compiled a 2021 UK Prosperity Index that lists 379 local authorities.
Hartlepool came in 358th and Stoke 359th. The bottom was Blackpool and the top Wokingham, Berks.
The study found that the number of unqualified adults in the 43 Red Wall seats who switched from Labor to Conservative in the 2019 election was a third higher than elsewhere.
Private investment firms have invested £ 83.20 per capita in these areas, compared to a UK average of £ 145.60. And business start-ups were nearly a fifth lower.
Baroness Philippa Stroud, CEO of the Legatum Institute, said of the Red Wall upgrade: “Lack of access to business loans and adult skills are clearly some of the key points to get started. .