Sajid Javid speech: 'Infrastructure revolution' and Brexit delivery

The Chancellor also promised funds to public services

Monday, September 30, 2019

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has outlined the government’s plans for an “infrastructure revolution” as well as a commitment to deliver Brexit on October 31.

Sajid Javid laid out the plans as he addressed delegates at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.

He announced a £29 billion Roads Investment Strategy that would see projects to upgrade roads across the country over the next five years, as well as £220 million for improved bus travel.

On Brexit, the Chancellor insisted the government’s position that the country will leave the EU on October 31.

He said: “No more second guessing, no best of three. One vote, one mandate, one nation moving forward together.”

His talk coincided with opposition MPs meeting in London to discuss tactics to prevent a no deal departure from the EU.

Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson said the meeting ended with a proposal to discuss who could lead a government of national unity but added that MPs have agreed not to hold a vote of no confidence this week.

Mr Javid slammed the pro-remain Lib Dems, saying “going back on your promises to the British people isn’t liberal and it isn’t democratic”.

The MP for Bromsgrove also committed to public services, praising teachers, police officers and the NHS as “the beating heart of this country”.

He announced increased funding “for every school in the country” and a “large down payment on social care”.

Mr Javid has also allocated an “ambitious” £500 million to provide youth centres and services to help young people “get on the conveyor belt to a better life” and set a new target for national living wage.

He said on current forecasts, it could reach £10.50 per hour, “giving four million people a well-earned pay rise”.

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