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PM promises wind of change is coming to power

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to make the UK "the world leader in clean wind energy" after outlining plans to power every home from wind farms by 2030.

Speaking at the virtual Conservative party conference, the Prime Minister said the target including £160million of investment in ports and factories to build turbines.

The plan to "build back greener" increases the Government's target for offshore wind power capacity by 2030 from 30 gigawatts to 40 gigawatts.

It is die to create 2,000 construction jobs with 60,000 in support roles.

Mr Johnson said: "Your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-on electric vehicle - the whole lot of them will get their juice cleanly and without guilt from the breezes that blow around these islands.

"Our seas hold immense potential to power our homes and communities with low-cost green energy and we are already leading the way in harnessing its strengths."

He continued: "Now, as we build back better we must build back greener.

"So we are committing to new ambitious targets and investment into wind power to accelerate our progress towards net zero emissions by 2050.

"This sets us on our path towards a green industrial revolution, which will provide tens of thousands of highly-skilled jobs."

The Prime Minister also repeated an election promise to encourage long-term, fixed rate mortgages.

He said: "We will transform the sclerotic planning system, we will make it faster and easier to build beautiful new homes without destroying the green belt of desecrating our countryside.

"We need to take forward one of the key proposals of our manifesto, giving young, first-time buyers the chance to take out a long-term, fixed-rte mortgage of up to 95 per cent of the value of the home - vastly reducing the size of the deposit."

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