UNDERFIRE Prime Minister Boris Johnson has claimed rescuing Gigg Lane could prove crucial to his ‘upgrade’ programme.

Mr Johnson claimed the £1million package announced last December to revive the historic home of Bury FC during a visit to the North West on Thursday which coincided with a series of blows to his leadership , including the resignation of several high profile figures. aids.

The visit, which included stops in Bolton, Blackpool and Middleton, came amid attempts to build support after recent weeks have seen allegations of partying in Downing Street at odds with its own lockdown rules, the defection of Bury South MP Christian Wakeford and accusations of ‘institutional Islamophobia’ by former minister Nusrat Ghani MP.

Speaking of Gigg Lane, he said: “I went there, I met the fan club.

He added: “It’s something that goes to the spiritual well-being of people, a football club is something of immense sentimental and emotional importance and I was very happy that we put money into it.

“It was the community property fund, and it seems to have done the trick.

“I saw the pitch still looked quite full of weeds, a bit of work in progress but I think it will be ready very soon.”

The bid to save Gigg Lane was tabled by the Bury FC Supporters Society and on 23 December Minister Michael Gove announced the bid had been successful.

During his visit on Thursday, Mr Johnson said large-scale projects like this could be part of a wider revival of the North West’s economy.

He said: “We are investing money in the transport sector, in bus services – now one bus, the right bus in the right place can make all the difference whether or not you and your family get a good job. paid.”

He added: “Ultimately what we’re trying to do is create the conditions where people, businesses can say this is a fantastic place to live, there are fantastic connections, that’s for sure. So you have a group of people who are building businesses, they’re investing, they’re creating jobs.”

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