Boris Johnson promises tax cuts and bid to 'drive reform' in Cabinet meeting after Tory leadership scare

Boris Johnson told his Cabinet the Government will deliver tax cuts to help with economic growth

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The Prime Minister also spoke about issues with waiting times for passports and health services.

Speaking at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Mr Johnson said such issues are “really uppermost in people’s mind” and that they “want Government to be helping them to get services they need promptly”.

He said: “I think in particular people deserve to get their passport and their driving licence just as much as they deserve to get their test, their scan or their screen on time, promptly and we’ve got to focus on that.

“We’ve got to make sure that as we spend – make these colossal investments, which I repeat I think is the morally economically the right thing to do, we’ve got to get value out of it.

"We’ve got to make sure people see that they are getting the services they need when they want.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak
The Cabinet met on Tuesday
The Cabinet met on Tuesday

Mr Johnson went on to call the Government’s levelling-up plans “a magnificent agenda” and “totally right agenda for the country” but added that ministers need to continue driving reform and improvement to see “huge, huge changes” in the economy.

He added: “We will have the scope, by delivering tax cuts, I think, to deliver considerable growth in employment and economic growth.

The PM also thanked his senior Tory colleagues for their support during last night's confidence vote as he hosted a Cabinet meeting in Downing Street on Tuesday.

He said: “Good morning Cabinet, thank you all very much, very good to see you.

“Thank you everybody, by the way, for all your good work yesterday.

“It was a very important day because we are able now to draw a line under the issues that our opponents want to talk about and we are able to get on talking about the issues, what the issues that I think the people want… and what we are doing to help them and to take the country forward.

“That is what we are going to do. We are going to focus exclusively on that.”

In a bid to draw attention to the future, Mr Johnson then spoke about “driving reform” and “cutting costs”.

Last night, he insisted he had secured a “decisive” victory despite 148 of his own MPs voting to oust him on Monday night, arguing the Government could now “move on” and focus on what “really matters to people”.

Boris Johnson in Cabinet
Boris Johnson in Cabinet

He also poured cold water on the prospect of a snap election, saying he was “certainly not interested” in the idea.

When Theresa May faced a confidence vote in 2018 she secured the support of 63 percent of her MPs, but was still forced out within six months.

Mr Johnson saw 41 percent of his MPs vote against him, a worse result than Mrs May.