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Since becoming PM in July Mr Johnson has vowed to recruit at additional 20,000 police officers. He has also vowed to provide funding for 10,000 more prison places.

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Mr Tanner, chair of conservative leaning Onward think tank, argued Mr Johnson should prioritise security over freedom to defeat Jeremy Corbyn.

Speaking to Express.co.uk he said: “I’ve been quite heartened by some of the early signals from the Johnson premiership in the sense that I think Boris has clearly identified that the British public are no longer interested to the same degree that they previously were in questions of freedom, individualism, autonomy and actually are much more interested in questions of belonging and community and security.

“If you look at some of he early things he’s done its investment in the police, investment in schools, in prisons and regional investment too in things like high speed north in order to give back a sense of belonging to different places.”

Onward recently published a report, ‘The Politics of Belonging’, which concluded Government should focus on providing security and strengthening communities rather than individual freedoms.

Boris JohnsonWill Tanner, director of the Onward think tank, is a former Downing Street advisor to Theresa May (Image: GETTY )

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson has pledged funding for 20,000 more police officers (Image: GETTY )

It included a poll that found 65 percent of voters would prefer to live in “a society that focuses on giving people more security”, with only 35 percent opting for one prioritises “giving people more freedom”.

Mr Tanner claimed this shows the British people want more security and state support after Brexit.

He commented: “We don’t find a huge amount of support at all for a low tax, low spend economy.

“If you look at the British social attitudes survey its pretty clear people want more spending and are willing to put up with a big more taxation in order to sustain that and we’ve found that in our polling too.

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Boris JohnsonWill Tanner argued the Conservatives should focus on security to beat Jeremy Corbyn (Image: GETTY )

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