RED Wall voters today tell he needs to deliver on his promises for the north – after he gets the pandemic under control.

The PM has been ordered to get business and jobs thriving again in the north or risk the wrath of his first-time backers.

Red Wall voters beg Boris Johnson to deliver his promises and get business thriving post-Covid

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Lynsey Edge works at Butchers in the Bury Market Meat HallCredit: ©AndyKelvin / Kelvin Media
Red Wall voters beg Boris Johnson to deliver his promises and get business thriving post-Covid

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won the election a year agoCredit: PA:Press Association

A loud message was sent by the people of bustling Bury when The Sun on Sunday visited some twelve months on from his election victory.

The Tier 3 town feels re-energised since the famous market re-opened and non-essential stores let customers in after the four-week lockdown.

But sales assistant Lynsey Edge, 35, said:  “He has a mission: impossible job with so much on his plate and he can’t please everyone.

“He thought his biggest challenge was Brexit but that looks like nothing in comparison with the pandemic.

“It’s not been a very good year for anyone as it’s just been so stop start everyone has suffered whether its schools or businesses.”

Lynsey, who works at a butchers in the Bury indoor market, said:  “He has a job on his hands now to make sure people can hold on to their jobs or get new ones.”

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Labour need to win the market town’s two Greater Manchester seats to have any chance of being in government, they feature as first and third on their target seats.

Sir Keir Starmer has the constituencies in his sights as the Tories only have a 105 vote majority in Bury North and 402 in Bury South.

The town voted convincingly to leave the EU in 2016 in a 54 per cent to 46 per cent outcome.

But life-long Labour supporter Anthony Dennison, 62, is still not convinced by the new Opposition leader after backing Boris last December on his way to an 80-seat majority.

He said:  “There was a lot of talk about levelling up at the election and that has clearly been put on hold to an extent.  

“Mr Johnson will need to lay the foundations to help businesses by offering tax cuts and making them more competitive.

Red Wall voters beg Boris Johnson to deliver his promises and get business thriving post-Covid

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Anthony Dennison being interviewed by Sun on Sunday reporter Ryan SabeyCredit: �AndyKelvin / Kelvin Media

“As much as the last year has been really tough the Tories must be seen as the party of business and help create jobs that way.

“The election and this year has seen Brexit taking up a lot of his time but we should be free from that come January.

“But I have campaigned for Labour in the past but they still have a big task to win the seats back.  

“There is a large Jewish population in Bury South who feel Sir Keir has made a start on tackling anti-Semitism in the party by removing the whip from Jeremy Corbyn but that is the tip of the iceberg.”

New polling revealed last week by Channel 4 News and JL Partners found that Labour could be on course to win back 36 out of 45 constituencies in so-called Red Wall areas.  

has a -3 rating while Sir Keir is on +18 score for voters in these areas.

Many feel they need a little bit of hope on the horizon especially since the town lost its football club at the beginning of the 2019 season.

Red Wall voters beg Boris Johnson to deliver his promises and get business thriving post-Covid

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Ivan Lewis was MP for Bury South from 1997 until last yearCredit: �AndyKelvin / Kelvin Media

Ivan Lewis, who was MP for Bury South from 1997 to last year, said:  “For Labour to have a chance of winning back the Bury seats they need to reassure people they have ditched the extremism of the Corbyn years.”

He adds that the party must reflect the “everyday concerns and values of the vast majority of decent people who love their country and want a better life for themselves and their families”. 

But landlord Steven Taylor, 62, is furious at the PM devising the new Tier rules leaving him unable to let people in through the doors and start serving.

Steven, who runs The Brook at nearby Ramsbottom, said:  “It doesn’t make any sense to close the pubs and let a trade suffer – and then let families and generations mix over Christmas for five days.

“I’ve spent a fortune on making the pub COVID-secure and paying to get extra staff in and we’ve been treated like this.

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Steven Taylor is furious at the PM devising the new Tier rulesCredit: ©AndyKelvin / Kelvin Media

“In times like this, there shouldn’t even be one party in charge, it’s like a war, and there should be a government of national unity.

“I wasn’t convinced at all by at the election and would never vote for the Tories. I’ve lost trust in all politicians, there are no leaders out there.”

But Val Pierce, 74, helps run the famous Bury Black Pudding Company on the market, feels Westminster politicians are cut off from normal people.

She said:  “There is a north-south divide and I can’t see that being bridged any time soon.  They just don’t know how the other half live and that must change.

“We are going to suffer for years for what has happened this year and I fear for the younger generation who have almost been robbed of their futures.”

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Retired engineer James Burke with his wife FreidaCredit: ©AndyKelvin / Kelvin Media

Retired engineer James Burke, 72, was spending the afternoon walking through the town with wife Freida as he spelled out what Boris must do next.

He said:  “Boris needs to make sure what he delivered for the north is local and targeted to help the area prosper.

“There needs to more money ploughed into transport routes nearby, paid for by scrapping the HS2 train link.

“But it’s not all about Boris as I will vote on whether I think the local MP stands up for the people in the town.”

Sue O’Brien, 62, who works at the bathroom store on the market, says she’s unlikely to vote Tory again.

She said:  “It’s been difficult for the public and for politicians but people are being made to pay a very high price.

“Shops have been closed for a month in the last lockdown but they should now be opening the pubs.

“It’s a case of all work and no play.  I love going to bingo but that’s closed yet you can go to the supermarket and mix with whoever is there.

Life-long Tory voter Tony Perry, 74, added:  “I don’t think Boris can do a lot more than what he’s doing.

“He can set out the rules on coronavirus but in reality it’s down to personal responsibility and people following the guidelines.”

Red Wall voters beg Boris Johnson to deliver his promises and get business thriving post-Covid

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Tony Perry, 74, believes it is down to people to follow coronavirus restrictionsCredit: ©AndyKelvin / Kelvin Media
Red Wall voters beg Boris Johnson to deliver his promises and get business thriving post-Covid

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Bury Market has a variety of stalls and productsCredit: ©AndyKelvin / Kelvin Media
Red Wall voters beg Boris Johnson to deliver his promises and get business thriving post-Covid

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Bury town centre looking emptyCredit: ©AndyKelvin / Kelvin Media

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