‘Sun lounger’ Boris returns from Marbella holiday to lead ‘greenwash’ Cabinet meeting

Jeremy Vine panelists discuss Boris Johnson’s holiday

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Weeks before the start of the COP26 in Glasgow, in the presence of world leaders including Joe Biden, Boris Johnson has set the agenda for more green discussions within his cabinet. The Conservative leader has organized a meeting in South-West England on Friday where he will reportedly lead talks on investing and creating jobs in electric vehicle manufacturing and renewable energy.

Ahead of the summit, the Government is expected to publish its long-awaited net-zero strategy, setting out how it will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Mr Johnson said: “These new figures are yet more evidence that going green means creating high-quality jobs across the United Kingdom.

“We are at the forefront of seizing these new opportunities, supported by major Government investment and a British zeal for innovation and commerce.”

A week later, a Global Investment Summit will take place in London with the objective of attracting further overseas cash.

Among investments highlighted by the Government was Nissan and Envision’s commitment to an electric vehicle hub in Sunderland.

He will also mention the chemical giant Ineos’s £1 billion plan to convert its Grangemouth refinery to run on hydrogen.

Another £100 million was also announced by Vauxhall’s parent firm Stellantis to turn the Ellesmere Port plant into a dedicated electric vehicle factory.

Boris Johnson’s new green incentive arrives days after he reportedly jetted to Marbella for a week of vacation in a luxury Spanish estate.

Shadow business secretary Ed Miliband criticised Mr Johnson’s timing for his personal vacation as the country was dealing with HGV drivers and fuel shortages on top of rising gas prices.

The Labour MP said the PM should “get off his sun lounger and be a statesman” or risk the key global summit in Glasgow becoming a “greenwash” of “inaction” on climate change.

Home Office minister Damian Hinds defended the PM’s right to taking a week off asking: “When is the right time?” on Sky News.

“I think it is important that people do have an opportunity to be with their families to have some relaxing, unwinding,” he said.

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“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.

“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.”

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