PM defends Levelling Up funding choices and denies it favours South East

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak questioned about the levelling up agenda on a visit to Accrington Market, Lancashire. It follows criticism that the funding for more than 100 projects across the UK is being directed at areas not considered deprived, including Rishi Sunak’s own Richmond constituency. The military town of Catterick Garrison in the Prime Minister’s wealthy North Yorkshire seat is receiving £19 million to regenerate the high street, prompting accusations that Conservative areas are being favoured. The military town of Catterick Garrison in the Prime Minister’s wealthy North Yorkshire seat is receiving £19 million to regenerate the high street, prompting accusations that Conservative areas are being favoured.