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All new homes and offices must have electric vehicle charging points, Boris Johnson to announce

The changes to building regulations will be laid in Parliament before the end of next month and come into force by the middle of next year, after “an adjustment period of no less than six months” after the rules are considered by MPs.

The Government also wants to introduce simpler ways to pay whilst travelling, such as contactless, at all new fast and rapid charge points.

‘We cannot go on as we are’

Mr Johnson will tell Monday’s Confederation of British Industry annual conference: “This is a pivotal moment – we cannot go on as we are. We have to adapt our economy to the green industrial revolution.

“We have to use our massive investment in science and technology and we have to raise our productivity and then we have to get out of our way. We must regulate less or better and take advantage of new freedoms.”

Also speaking at the CBI conference, Sir Keir Starmer will say that Labour is the real party of business, as he seeks to capitalise on an apparent “disconnect” between Tory ministers and corporate Britain.

The Labour leader will tell business leaders: “Labour is back in business. The dual meaning is entirely deliberate. We are and always were, the party of work.

“Founded in the workplace we are the party of working people. And that means Labour must always be the party of business as well.”

Labour sources said the party was “leading a programme of extensive engagement, in sharp contrast to the Prime Minister’s ‘f— business’ comments” to diplomats in 2018.

Senior business figures have said they are concerned that the Government still has not moved on from the rows over the Brexit vote five years ago.

One senior business figure told The Telegraph that the Government was “too wary” of big business, was stuck with an attitude of “tribal retribution” and needed to “bury hatchets, face forward not backwards”.

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