“Now is not the time” for Boris Johnson to be on holiday, the director general of UK Steel, Gareth Stace, said this morning.
Stace told LBC: “I’m sure he can get on the phone and get talking to them but to my mind, now is not the time for a prime minister to be on holiday, from the steel sector point of view.”
However, Home Office minister Damian Hinds has defended the Prime Minister’s decision to take a holiday.
Asked by Sky News if now was the right time, Hinds replied: “When is the right time? I think it is important that people do have an opportunity to be with their families to have some relaxing, unwinding.”
“But I wouldn’t want to overstate the amount of unwinding and relaxing you get to do as Prime Minister because as I say you are constantly in touch, you are constantly being briefed and you remain in charge of the Government.”
He later added: “What is important for the rest of us actually, for the whole country, is that the Prime Minister does get to have some family time, does get to have a break.”
Johnson and his wife are in Spain until Thursday.