Labour has called for Boris Johnson to cancel his family holiday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is currently on holiday in Scotland with his fiancée Carrie Symonds and their four-month-old son Wilfred.
Keir Starmer and Labour MPs are calling for the PM to cancel his holiday and return to Westminster to deal with the outcry over A-Level results, which saw the algorithm used to calculate this year’s grades following the cancellation of exams leading to around 40% of results being downgraded.
The Government has now performed a U-turn on the results and has said the grades will be reissued based on teacher assessments, following the controversy.
A Downing Street spokesperson stated that, despite being away, Mr Johnson chaired a conference call with Education Secretary Gavin Williamson on Monday, but has no plans to cut short his holiday.
“The Prime Minister will be kept up to date and will continue to receive updates and briefings as necessary,” the spokesperson said.
Labour Leader Keir Starmer demanded that Boris take “personal responsibility” in resolving the issue and has accused him of being “invisible”.
Dan Wootton from TalkRadio has defended Boris’ decision to remain on holiday, saying: “No Prime Minister has ever needed a holiday more than Boris Johnson.”
He continued, saying that in 2020, Boris has:
- “Taken the UK out of the EU”;
- “Lead the government’s early efforts fighting the coronavirus”;
- “Nearly died from the disease himself”;
- “Become a Dad to a newborn”;
- “Returned to work to try and manage the biggest economic and social crisis since WW2”.
Mr Wootton also said that “people make bad decisions when they are stressed”, and that Keir Starmer’s calls for him to cancel his holiday were a “stupid suggestion” that would leave the Prime Minister in a “worse state than before”.
Boris is not the only world leader to remain on holiday during pressing times. The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, famously stayed in Hawaii while bush fires spread rapidly throughout Australia.
Boris is expected to return to Westminster sometime next week.