According to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Johnson and his family jetted abroad after his keynote speech at the Tory conference in Manchester.

Mr Johnson's decision to use that opportunity to take a break has been criticised by some, as his government deals with soaring energy prices, fuel problems and supply issues.

"I think that's something reasonable.

"I'm in regular WhatsApp contact with him, I spoke to him only a few days ago.

I'm not sure when he's supposed to have left the country."

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there were even warnings of shortages of festive favourites like quality street.

Britain must start to see itself in a 'race to the top', supplying world markets with attractive, innovative goods. Pictured: Boris Johnson giving his annual Tory party conference speech

mr johnson's previous attempt to take some time away from downing street following the taliban's takeover of afghanistan.

however, at the time, number 10 insisted the prime minister was "continuing to work" and declined to describe the trip as a holiday in marbella.

The prime minister and his now wife ( then Carrie Symonds ) enjoyed a foreign holiday in Mustique following the Conservatives' general election victory in December 2019- a trip for which Mr Johnson was later criticised over his failure to properly disclose how it was funded.

Last year, the Johnsons had a summer holiday on the west coast of Scotland – renting a house on the Applecross peninsula.

Prime Minister (pictured) appears to believe that by simply encouraging industry to pay higher wages he will create a high-productivity economy. Sadly this is not the way the world works

"We have been made aware that the British Prime Minister is staying and so we are all being extra vigilant.

As he flew out, store shelves back home were left empty across the country with many shoppers unable to buy essential foods as Britain's supply chain crisis continued.

Mr Johnsons's trip comes as something of a surprise as a senior government source had claimed only in August : "The PM ’ s going to staycation this year.

"But the same month the PM said : “ We need to get the travel industry moving again ”.

The PM was later criticised by the MPs standards watchdog for failing to properly explain how the £15,000 holiday was funded.

Yet more boosterism to tide him over a difficult political period.

Yet I believe his conference speech was important and really could herald a new era of economic policy-making.

This will only happen if firms recruit high-skilled engineers and scientists and are prepared to invest in them.

As ever, we have been debating whether not we should even have an industrial strategy in the first place.

Almost every other country understands that manufacturing is essential.

Secondly, the Government needs to make good on its professed support for science and innovation.

Is the Government serious about reaching 2.4 per cent of GDP on research and development, a modest target?

Finally, the Prime Minister is right to say that levelling up the poorer regions of the country must be a key part of the Government's strategy.

In the UK the only people who are in a position to do it are the regional Mayors.

We need to give them additional powers over planning and further education, allowing them to carry out this vitally important task.

It has been replaced by the Boriservative & Johnsonist party.

The main stage, a large arena custom-built for the great entertainer, was exclusively reserved for the leader's performance.

One of Mr Johnson's tricks is to winkingly hint to his audience that he knows that his act is preposterous.

When he adopts positions, it is not in the service of any higher purpose than following his instincts, quenching his appetites and promoting his interests as he perceives them from one day to the next.

There are consequences from putting a party in such thrall to one mercurial personality.

The American Republicans discovered that when their party fell into the hands of Donald Trump, who proceeded to trash many of their previously cherished principles.

They used to be the party of business and farmers.

But that can't be acknowledged for it would be to concede that the prophet of Brexit is fallible.

Something we know about cults is that they tend to end badly.

This was a prime minister living in a parallel universe, so self-congratulatory was his speech at Conservative Party conference, and so absent was any mention of the cost of living crunch facing our country.

The energy price crisis is a crisis made in Downing Street.

Because for all Boris Johnson's showmanship, the stark reality is that millions of households on universal credit are being hit with a whopping rise in their energy bills at the same time as they face cuts of £20 a week.

Despite some progress on renewables, Tory governments have blocked onshore wind, scrapped subsidies for solar energy and have overseen a slowing in the growth of renewable energy in recent years.

It is also clear that, as the head of Ofgem admitted this week, we are going to need to look at how to reform the broken energy supply market, which for too long has failed to produce security, sustainability, and affordability for consumers.

In the short term, the government must protect families by changing course and cancel the universal credit cut and end unfair tax rises for working people and businesses.

Instead of denial, the prime minister should fess up to 10 years of failure.

The British people don't need any more windy rhetoric without substance, promise not delivery, from the prime minister.

They need a real plan for us to go green as a country – the best route to energy security – and they need a government which will act to tackle the cost of living crisis.

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