Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to drastically reshape Britain, exhorting his Conservative Party supporters to assist the government in tackling regional inequality by addressing the economy's "long term structural vulnerabilities."
Johnson focused on what he considered the Conservatives' successes, seeking to put an end to a string of crises impacting Britain.
After a week of defending his government against complaints regarding fuel shortages, concerns about Christmas food supply, and farmers being forced to waste their harvest, Johnson wants to reset his agenda.
Johnson presented Britain's future after COVID-19 and Brexit as a time for change.
"The answer to the current tensions and strains, which are primarily a product of growth and economic rebound is not to reach for controlled immigration to keep wages low," said Johnson.
"The solution is to control immigration, allowing talented people to come to Britain, but not to use immigration as an excuse for a lack of investment. To deliver change, we will continue with our work of uniting and levelling up across the UK."
Responding to critics who called for further steps to bring in foreign workers to fill gaps in the transportation and agriculture industries, Johnson urged firms to do more to raise pay and recruit more people.
As part of his "levelling up" strategy to address regional inequalities, Johnson is raising taxes to help address crises in health and social care, and he has made large expenditure commitments in areas such as trains, schools and high streets.
"To level up, you need to give people the options and skills," he said, adding that he would "fix all the infrastructure gaps that have been holding people back."