Boris Johnson says he would “significantly” lift spending on secondary school students to at least £5,000 per pupil if he becomes the next prime minister.

In his first major domestic policy proposal, Johnson, a former foreign secretary and the front-runner in the race for the Tory leadership, said there was a “growing gulf” between students in London and the rest of the UK.

He said the discrepancy between funding for inner city secondary schools and those in more remote regions had, in some cases, grown to £2,600 per pupil, a situation he described as a “disturbing reality”.

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