Labour’s Jim McMahon: Boris Johnson’s plan ‘absolutely pathetic’

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The shadow transport secretary has strongly criticised Boris Johnson’s new infrastructure plan, designed to boost the economy in the wake of coronavirus.

Labour’s Jim McMahon told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer that the “build, build, build” scheme, which will bring forward £5 billion worth of infrastructure projects across health, education and transport, was not enough.

“When the Prime Minister says we’ll level up and level up together, I’m afraid that just doesn’t hold water and the announcement yesterday by the Prime Minister was absolutely pathetic,” he said.

Mr McMahon continued: “If we’re meant to be in a war then we need a Marshall Plan, an ambitious plan to rebuild the nation and that wasn’t what we’ve seen from the Prime Minister.”

Delivering his keynote speech at a technical college in the West Midlands yesterday, Mr Johnson promised: “We will not just bounce back, we will bounce forward; stronger, better and more united than ever before.”

Mr McMahon also criticised the government over its approach to the struggling aviation industry amidst the Covid-19 crisis.

The Oldham West and Royton MP called for longer repayment windows for the industry, saying the seasonality of travel and tourism means the sector will take longer to recover.

“More jobs will be lost if [the government] don’t pull their finger out and do something proactively to support the industry,” he said.

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