Boris Johnson will visit Stoke-on-Trent as top Tories descend on the city

The Prime Minister is due to hold a cabinet meeting in Stoke-on-Trent to highlight ‘upgrading’ opportunities in the city. The exact location is being kept secret until Boris Johnson and his team of senior ministers arrive at The Potteries today (Thursday May 12).

It will build on the government’s multi-million pound investment in local regeneration schemes such as Etruscan Square and The Goods Yard. The government’s legislative plans outlined in the Queen’s Speech, as well as upcoming events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will also be on the cabinet agenda.

Announcing the day’s absence, Mr Johnson said: “I am delighted to bring the practice to Stoke-on-Trent today – a city which is the beating heart of the ceramics industry and an example of the high-skilled jobs that investment can bring to communities.

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“This government is working to implement the priorities and tackle the issues that matter most to the public. This week, we shared how we will use historic new legislation to grow our economy to meet the cost of living and increase opportunity across the country.

But the visit comes as the government faces growing pressure to do more to ease families’ money worries amid soaring energy costs and household bills.

It comes after Leveling Up secretary Michael Gove ruled out an emergency budget, which received backing from some Tory backbenchers as well as Labour. He insisted claims of a split between Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Mr Johnson over the need for increased financial support were ‘overblown’.

Apart from the cabinet meeting, ministers are due to visit communities and businesses in the west of England, the Midlands and Wales.

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