A cabinet minister has defended Boris Johnson for going on vacation while the government struggles to contain a cost of living crisis and the aftermath of rising gas prices.
Economy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng insisted it was “sensible” for the Prime Minister to take a break after reportedly flying to Marbella to vacation in a private villa on the Costa del Sol.
Mr Kwarteng said he is in “regular WhatsApp contact” with the prime minister, who he found recently lost his mother.
Downing Street did not deny that Mr Johnson had traveled to Spain, but refused to say whether the Prime Minister was instead working at No. 10 or Checkers as usual.
According to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Johnson was traveling with pregnant Ms. Carrie and their one-year-old son Wilf after the Conservative Conference last week.
The Economy Secretary told Times Radio, “I think he’s gone. I am not sure where he went.
“But what I would say is that I am in regular contact with him. He’s also had a year and a half in which he almost lost his life to Covid, his mother died very sadly two or three weeks ago and he may have decided to take a short break.
“I think that’s something sensible.
“I am in regular WhatsApp contact with him, I only spoke to him a few days ago. I’m not sure when he should have left the country. “
Labor called for “urgent responses as to who exactly is running the show” after Mr. Kwarteng’s allegations that he was denied by the Treasury Department in talks with the Treasury Department about helping companies struggling during the energy crisis.
Shadow Chief Secretary Bridget Phillipson said: “Amid a crisis that she created, the government has resigned.
“The Prime Minister has been on vacation, no one knows where the Chancellor is, and this morning we learned that the Economy Minister has stepped into the realms of the imagination.”
Holidays have troubled the Johnson administration at various times.
Dominic Raab was demoted from his role as foreign minister after being criticized for vacationing in Crete while the Taliban marched back to power in Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister himself also had to check for months after a trip to the Caribbean island of Mustique in 2019.
After an investigation into whether he had adequately registered £ 15,000 worth of accommodation paid for by a Tory donor, he was eventually acquitted of violating MPs’ code of conduct.
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