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Boris Johnson has jetted off to stay in a fancy holiday villa in Marbella, according to reports.
The Prime Minister is said to have flown out to the Spanish resort with pregnant wife Carrie and 17-month-old son Wilf.
Downing Street have not denied that the PM has travelled to Spain for a sunshine break with millions of Brits facing a chilling winter thanks to soaring energy bills, the Mirror reports.
Mr Johnson is said to be staying at Tory pal Zac Goldsmith's luxury hideaway.
Locals say the Prime Minister and his family are taking a break from the problems engulfing Britain in the hills above the Costa del Sol.
The exclusive estate, sprawling over 600 acres of woodland, has its own helipad and two swimming pools. It reportedly costs an eye-watering £25,000 a week to rent.
The weather in Marbella is expected to reach highs of 24C on Monday while it hovers around 10C in London.
It is the family's first break since travelling to the Caribbean island of Mustique last year and government sources told the Sun on Sunday that Mr Johnson is "exhausted".
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But the trip has attracted criticism as it comes amid an ongoing fuel crisis and HGV driver shortage, which has threatened supply chains.
This had led to rising prices and the horrifying prospect of food rationing.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng defended his boss's decision to go away.
He told Times Radio: "I believe he has gone away. I'm not sure where he's gone but what I would say is I am in regular contact with him.
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"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. 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.”
The government has asked supermarkets to start their Christmas offers earlier than usual to encourage customers to buy grub over a longer period.
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Kraft Heinz, which makes tomato sauce and baked beans, has warned people will have to get used to higher food prices thanks to soaring inflation.
The company’s chief executive, Miguel Patricio, blamed a global hike in the price of ingredients as well as the UK’s lorry driver shortage as key factors driving up costs.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said on Sunday that a fast-track scheme to allow 5,000 people to be trained as HGV drivers will be expanded by 2,000 places.
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