THE Prime Minister Boris Johnson has 'echoed' calls to make Southend a city.

At Prime Ministers Questions, the PM fielded a query from Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, surrounding his bid to make the town a city.

This comes after a new campaign is under way to achieve the long-held dream of city status for Southend which would “turbo boost” the town’s economy and encourage investment.

Ministers have announced a competition for towns across the UK to become cities to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.


Boris Johnson said: "Mr Speaker, I echo my Honorable Friend's sentiments about Southend."

Sir David added: "I'm delighted to hear the Prime Minister share my enthusiasm that Southend has now been given the opportunity to become a city."