PM may be on ‘holiday’ but he’s still working

Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson started Monday morning (11th October) by speaking to Indian Prime Minister Modi.

The Prime Ministers discussed the strength of the UK-India relationship and welcomed the progress made on the 2030 Roadmap since it was agreed by the Prime Minister and Prime Minister Modi in May. This includes in areas such as trade and defence. The leaders looked forward to the upcoming visit of the UK Carrier Strike Group to India and the deepening of the UK-India strategic partnership.

The Prime Minister underlined the importance of making concrete progress on climate change ahead of and at the upcoming COP26 Summit. He noted that India already lead the world in renewable technology and expressed his hope that they will commit to a more ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution and to achieving Net Zero emissions.

The Prime Minister and Prime Minister Modi discussed the shared fight against coronavirus and the importance of cautiously opening up international travel. They agreed the UK’s recognition of Indian vaccine certification is a welcome development to that end.

The leaders also talked about the current situation in Afghanistan. They agreed on the need for a coordinated international approach to engagement with the Taliban, emphasising the importance of upholding human rights in the country.

The Prime Minister is currently in Marbella in Spain, according to reports and is understood to be staying at Zac Goldsmith’s home in the hills above the Costa del Sol. 

Plenty of security officials and police activity have been spotted around the property over the last day, after Boris’ trip was revealed in the papers over the weekend.

The PM flew to the holiday resort with pregnant wife Carrie and 17-month-old son Wilf to “spend some time with his family” but it is understood he will still be working whilst in Spain.

Since his last holiday, the PM has tackled the pandemic, almost died from Covid-19, his mother died and he has welcomed his son Wilf into the world.

A Downing Street source told the Conservative Post the Prime Minister is “in regular contact with his Deputy Leader Dominic Raab, and his Cabinet Ministers, and he will be working from his accommodation in Spain which is set up with state of the art equipment for conference facilities and communications.”

Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng on Sunday defended the prime minister’s decisions to fly to Marbella for a break.

Mr Kwarteng, the minister responsible for the government’s crisis response, said he was in regular contact with Mr Johnson.

Mr Kwarteng said:

“I am in regular contact with him. He’s also had a year-and-a-half in which he’s almost lost his life to Covid, his mother passed away very sadly two or three weeks ago and he may have decided to take a short break. I think that’s something reasonable.”

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