Boris Johnson’s Costa del Sol holiday during crisis is ‘reasonable’, minister says

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A cabinet minister has said it is “appropriate” for Boris Johnson to go on leave while the government grapples with a deep energy crisis.

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Business Secretary Quasi Quarteng defended the prime minister’s decision to fly to Marbella for a break on Sunday.

Mr Quarteng, the minister responsible for the government’s crisis response, said he was in regular contact with the prime minister via WhatsApp.


“I believe he is gone. I am not sure where he has gone,” said Mr. Quarteng.

“But what I would say is that I am in regular touch with him. He also has a year and a half in which he almost lost his life, his mother passed away very sad two or three weeks ago and may have decided to take a short break.

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“I think it’s something fair.

“I am in regular WhatsApp contact with him, I spoke to him only a few days back. I am not sure when he would have left the country.”

It is being told that the Prime Minister is holidaying in a private villa in the Costa del Sol.

But it was left to Mr Quarteng to assure the country that the energy supply would not be disrupted during the winter.

Back in August, then-Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab persuaded Boris Johnson to allow him to remain on holiday in Crete during the Afghanistan crisis.

Mr Raab memorably dismissed claims that he was paddle-boarding when Kabul fell, claiming that “the sea was actually off”.


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