UK's Johnson says economic recovery could be stronger than expected

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British PM Johnson visits a school in Stoke-On-Trent ahead of reopening

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday the country's economy could recover more strongly after the coronavirus pandemic than some "pessimists" had predicted.

Johnson told broadcasters that his finance minister Rishi Sunak had stressed the poor state of the public finances.

"Of course it's been expensive to look after everybody throughout the pandemic," Johnson said.

"But I know that if we get it right, and I'm sure we can, we can have a strong jobs-led recovery that I think could be could be much stronger than many of the pessimists have been saying over the last six months or so," he added.

(Reporting by William Schomberg, editing by David Milliken)