Boris Johnson pledges cash to East Devon to encourage tourism after lockdown

A national tourism boost of £1.3million has been pledged by the Prime Minister after East Devon MP Simon Jupp appealed for government help to save the local industry from lockdown.

Boris Johnson, speaking at the latest Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) told Mr Jupp the intention was to kick-start the economy and encourage tourism in East Devon – and the rest of the UK – after defeating the coronavirus.

East Devon’s MP, speaking remotely via video link, told the Prime Minister it was ‘vital’ the area’s tourism industry survived after telling people to stay away amid the coronavirus crisis and lockdown.

Mr Jupp has launched a survey to canvas the public for their thoughts on tourism in East Devon after lockdown is lifted.

Boris Johnson said: “I thank my honourable friend for what he doing to campaign for tourism in East Devon.

“I can tell him we are adding another £1.3million to help the tourism industry in that area.

“Clearly, I think, the priority of the Government, and I believe of the whole house, is now to suppress this disease further – as we do that, to get our economy going again and to encourage tourism across our whole country, and of course East Devon in particular.”

  • Watch Simon Jupp and Boris Johnson at PMQs

Mr Jupp highlighted the importance of visitors to the South West, asking the Prime Minister to guarantee to help East Devon financially, so its tourism sector could be ready for business once restrictions were relaxed.

He told Mr Johnson: “Tourism is absolutely crucial to the economy of the South West, including my constituency of East Devon.

“While I am currently asking visitors to come back later once the lockdown has ended, I want to make sure our vital tourism industry survives so we can be open for business at the earliest opportunity.

“Can the Prime Minister assure me, my constituents, and East Devon’s tourism industry, further and flexible financial support is coming to protect this crucial industry?”


MP Simon Jupp, left, told the Prime Minister at PMQs it was ‘vital’ East Devon’s tourist industry survived lockdown.


Boris Johnson responded to East Devon MP Simon Jupp, who can be seen on the screens in the House of Commons.

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