BORIS Johnson has spoken to the Northern Research Group (NRG) from his Downing Street isolation as the group of Tory backbenchers call for him to explain a route out of lockdown.
A statement from the group said: “We welcome the opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister to discuss the disproportionate impact Covid is having on our communities and on our region’s economy.
“The Prime Minister’s enthusiasm to meet with the NRG, despite being in self-isolation, demonstrates his determination to ensure the North is at the heart of this Government’s agenda and his ambition to ‘level up’ our communities remains a priority.
“We welcome his support for a northern economic recovery plan to ‘help the North deliver long-term economic change and growth’.
“We also welcome his renewed commitment that the promises made to our constituents in the 2019 general election will be delivered.
“The NRG is committed to working constructively with the Prime Minister to level up our communities and to build back better out of this Covid crisis.”