Boris Johnson has vowed to end the witch-hunt against Northern Ireland veterans and review the HS2 high-speed rail link as he prepares to embark on a policy blitz as soon as he enters No 10.
Sources close to the new PM said he will use his speech on the steps of Downing Street this afternoon to kickstart his domestic agenda.
Ahead of his first day in office, Mr Johnson yesterday began laying out a slew of policies – declaring that his priorities would include education, infrastructure and policing.
Mr Johnson told the 1922 committee of backbenchers that it was time to 'put a stop' to prosecution of troops over historic incidents during the Troubles.
Mr Johnson (pictured on Tuesday) told the 1922 committee of backbenchers that it was time to 'put a stop' to prosecution of troops over historic incidents during the Troubles
Mr Johnson's commitment was welcomed last night by MPs who have been campaigning on the issue. The Troubles cost thousands of lives including British soldiers and civilians on both sides between the late 1960s and late 1990s.
The situation was only improved by the 1997 Good Friday Agreement signed by the British and Irish Governments.
According to one of those present, he said: 'This issue cropped up again and again in the hustings around the country. Unless there is absolutely compelling new evidence it is totally wrong that these people who served their country should be investigated and re-investigated. When I am Prime Minister I am going to put a stop to it.'
Mr Johnson's commitment was welcomed last night by MPs who have been campaigning on the issue.
Former armed forces minister Mark Francois said: 'We all know this has gone on for too long and our Prime Minister-elect was unequivocal that he will end this practice.'
Former armed forces minister Mark Francois (pictured) said: 'We all know this has gone on for too long and our Prime Minister-elect was unequivocal that he will end this practice'
Dennis Hutchings, 78, (left, in June) is a former member of the Life Guards regiment and was investigated over a 1974 shooting in Northern Ireland. He is seen on the right in his Army uniformsonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
Mr Johnson was also asked at the meeting to scrap HS2. He declined, saying he instead planned to hold a review of the