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Boris Johnson Consolidates Conservatives' Grip On Power

The likelihood of the Labour Party returning to the government has diminished even further, as Boris Johnson starts to make good on his promise to reward the Labour Party's so-called heartlands for 'lending' their votes to him.

The Treasury is now working on changes to government spending rules in order to increase government investment in the Midlands and the North of England - areas that had traditionally voted Labour but voted Conservative in the December general election.

The Treasury changes are going to make it easier to allocate government funds to projects outside of London and the South East, which could lead to large scale regeneration of northern regions that have been blighted by years of neglect by the central government.

Improving and developing regional airports are some of the infrastructure projects and schemes that are likely to benefit from any changes to the current Treasury funding allocation rules, which require the government to allocate cash to projects that promise the biggest economic benefits.

These rules have perpetuated the expanding economic dichotomy between the wealthier South East and the rest of the UK because Treasury supported projects tend to be those that have the most impact in areas with more people and businesses - usually in the South East. In a move away from the current criteria, the Treasury will allocate funds on the basis of reducing the economic gap between northern and southern England instead of just promoting overall economic growth across the UK. Prime Minister Boris Johnson understands that his gesture of travelling North to Sedgefield constituency to thank voters in the north immediately after his electoral win, will not be enough to convince traditional Labour voters to continue voting Conservative. He knows that he has to start spending more money in order to improve things like road and rail links, as well as improving productivity outside the South East.  Boris Johnson recognises that funding infrastructure projects and schemes that improve the economic outlook or northern towns and cities, including the improving well-being in the northern regions, raises the chances of further electoral success for the Conservative Party.