A Jeremy Vine caller has pledged his support for Boris Johnson as the Prime Minister is expected to approve minimum wage increase within weeks, saying Mr Johnson is going to deliver “for the greater good”. The lowest earners on the national living wage could receive about £9.42 an hour, an increase of just over 5 percent. The move would be part of the Prime Minister’s levelling up agenda to improve all areas of the UK.
Calling on the Jeremy Vine show, caller Richard from Buckinghamshire said: “I absolutely back Boris.
“I’m a working-class man. I’m 35 years. I’ve been fully employed.
“I have always had low wages, I have never been able to get a mortgage, and quite clearly, I’ve been priced right out of there.
“Boris is going to turn that around, and for my children and my grandchildren, it will look different.”
He continued: “And actually I think that we should continue to embrace Boris because basically, he’s going for the greater of good.
“He’s going to make working-class, able to again, for the first time in pretty much 30 plus years, able to afford a house and a mortgage, rather than being stuck in privately rented.”
Panellist Gemma chipped in: “I absolutely think everybody should be able to get on that ladder, get a home.
“You’re correct, but who’s been in government for the last 11 years
“But what do you think that Johnson’s gonna do specifically to turn your situation around?”
The caller responded: “Well straight away he’s gonna up the wages that I get, which would then sort of bridge that gap between getting a mortgage and not.
“I won’t be able to get a mortgage because that gap won’t be actually bridged so us working class can get a mortgage.
“And actually Boris Johnson’s going in the right direction by addressing everything.”
He added: “He is making a difference for us working-class so I back him 1000%.”
Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson talked a great deal about rising wages in the run-up to their party conference
Ahead of his speech, Mr Johnson was pressed about a possible hike in the hourly floor rate by ITV News, saying: “We will take guidance from the low pay commission, and we will see where we get to.
Dominic Raab also told BBC Breakfast: “We will take any recommendations the [LPC] makes very seriously.”
The Low Pay Commission (LPC) estimated that its recommendation would be an increase to £9.42 an hour in a report earlier this year.