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Boris allies deny he has 'thrown in the towel' after heading on another holiday

Boris Johnson’s allies denied today that he has already “thrown in the towel” after being spotted on another holiday in Greece – and moving vans showed up in Downing Street.

Senior Tories insisted the prime minister is “still at work” despite running errands with his wife Carrie in Nea Makri, a coastal town near Athens.

The outing comes hot on the heels of their trip to Slovenia for a belated honeymoon.

The couple collected wine and other essentials from a local store, according to images from the Greek website In. The Prime Minister then put his groceries in a bag at the checkout before loading them into a black SUV.

Johnson’s father, Stanley, has a villa a few hours away in Horto.

Meanwhile, in Westminster, two lorries were parked outside No10, with assistants confirming that the ‘transition’ to the next leader was being worked on. There are rumors that the Johnsons are looking for a family home in Dulwich Village in south-east London.

The Prime Minister is allowed to take away all the furniture he paid for himself as part of the controversial refurbishment of the residence above number 11 – including even the gold wallpaper at £800 a roll.

Labor said Johnson “laughed” at Britons grappling with a massive cost of living crisis, calling him a “lame duck” with just weeks until replaced by Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak.

However, former Prime Minister Brandon Lewis insisted the Prime Minister was still at work, whether in the UK or abroad.

Lewis told LBC, “Even if you’re not in the Downing Street office, you’re working.”

He added: ‘He is probably in his second week’ [of] vacation in the past year or so, especially this year. So as long as someone is gone, be it the Secretary of State or let alone the Prime Minister, they will continue to work.

“I can assure you he will still be going through inboxes, he will still be dealing with national security issues where relevant. Being out of the country doesn’t mean the prime minister stops working.’

Removal vans parked in Downing Street today as Boris Johnson prepares to leave

Removal vans parked in Downing Street today as Boris Johnson prepares to leave

The Prime Minister's spokesman said work on the transition to the next leader is underway - with Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak set to take over in weeks

The Prime Minister's spokesman said work on the transition to the next leader is underway - with Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak set to take over in weeks

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said work on the transition to the next leader is underway – with Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak set to take over in weeks

Boxes were moved from the famous building today as the end of Mr Johnson's time in the office approaches

Boxes were moved from the famous building today as the end of Mr Johnson's time in the office approaches

Boxes were moved from the famous building today as the end of Mr Johnson’s time in the office approaches

The Prime Minister has been spotted in Greece with his wife on his second holiday in two weeks as Britons face misery over the cost of living crisis in the UK

The Prime Minister has been spotted in Greece with his wife on his second holiday in two weeks as Britons face misery over the cost of living crisis in the UK

The Prime Minister has been spotted in Greece with his wife on his second holiday in two weeks as Britons face misery over the cost of living crisis in the UK

The outgoing Prime Minister was seen shopping with his wife, Carrie, as they filled baskets with food

The outgoing Prime Minister was seen shopping with his wife, Carrie, as they filled baskets with food

The outgoing Prime Minister was seen shopping with his wife, Carrie, as they filled baskets with food

According to the Greek website In .  has the couple been seen in Nea Makri, a coastal town near Athens

According to the Greek website In .  has the couple been seen in Nea Makri, a coastal town near Athens

According to the Greek website In . has the couple been seen in Nea Makri, a coastal town near Athens

Former Prime Minister Brandon Lewis insisted the Prime Minister was still at work whether in the UK or abroad

Former Prime Minister Brandon Lewis insisted the Prime Minister was still at work whether in the UK or abroad

Former Prime Minister Brandon Lewis insisted the Prime Minister was still at work whether in the UK or abroad

The prime minister’s spokesman said he has no official appointments this week as he is on leave, but he would be involved if urgent decisions were made.

“The prime minister is on vacation this week,” the spokesperson said.

“As it is with prime ministers, as you know, by virtue of their role they will of course be kept informed of urgent matters and make decisions, especially those (related to) national security, for example.”

He added: “If there were any urgent decisions that required the Prime Minister’s input, he will of course be involved. But the Deputy Prime Minister (Dominic Raab) can be delegated for meetings when they come, but as far as I know no such meetings are currently scheduled.’

Keir Starmer – himself just back from vacation – today tried to capitalize on the sense of drift in the government by revealing plans to freeze utility bills for at least six months.

The Labor leader said of the cost of living crisis: “We need to get to grips with it because right now we have two Tory leadership candidates fighting each other in a sort of internal struggle, with their main argument seeming about how bad their track record in government and a prime minister who is a lame duck for acknowledging there is a problem with the utility bill but saying ‘I’m not going to do anything about it”.

Labor struck against the prime minister, accusing him of viewing the past few months as ‘one big party’.

A spokeswoman said: “Based on the evidence in recent months, it seems to make little difference whether the Prime Minister is in office or on holiday as he has consistently failed to meet the challenge of the Tory crisis in the cost of living to start. It’s all one big party for Boris Johnson as the country struggles to pay their bills.”

Labor MP for the city of Durham, Mary Kelly Foy, shared her criticism of the prime minister on social media in a commentary on ‘Boris Johnson’s Diary’.

Thursday: Don’t announce new aid for people struggling to pay rising bills. Saturday: Holiday in Greece,” she tweeted.

“He laughs at you.”

Last week, Mr Johnson suggested there could be new forms of support for utility bills.

He made a surprising appearance at a crunch meeting with energy bosses at No10 – just days after Downing Street said he would not intervene in the cost of living crisis.

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Boris Johnson joined Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi and Minister of Affairs Kwasi Kwarteng last week when he made a surprise appearance at a crunch meeting with energy bosses

Boris Johnson joined Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi and Minister of Affairs Kwasi Kwarteng last week when he made a surprise appearance at a crunch meeting with energy bosses

Boris Johnson joined Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi and Minister of Affairs Kwasi Kwarteng last week when he made a surprise appearance at a crunch meeting with energy bosses

Mr Johnson's presence at the meeting was not expected with Mr Zahawi and Mr Kwarteng previously thought to be the ministers who would lead the talks

Mr Johnson's presence at the meeting was not expected with Mr Zahawi and Mr Kwarteng previously thought to be the ministers who would lead the talks

Mr Johnson’s presence at the meeting was not expected with Mr Zahawi and Mr Kwarteng previously thought to be the ministers who would lead the talks

The outgoing prime minister joined Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi and Minister of Affairs Kwasi Kwarteng as they put gas and electricity company executives to the test over rising prices.

Already struggling families were stung last week by new forecasts showing energy bills for typical households will soar to over £4,200 next year.

Mr Johnson’s presence at the meeting with 15 energy companies was not expected, with Mr Zahawi and Mr Kwarteng previously thought to be the ministers who would lead the talks.

As the Bank of England predicted this month the UK’s worst recession since the 1990s, the prime minister was on his belated honeymoon in the alpine report from Vila Planinka in Slovenia’s Jezersko region.

Set in a valley about half an hour from the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, the resort promises a soothing ‘energy balance’ and where guests dine on bear prosciutto.

He told local media: ‘We had an absolutely wonderful time. We climbed every mountain available, we jumped in the lakes, we rode bikes and we had a great time.”

With Mr Johnson now in a carer’s role after announcing his resignation, Downing Street has insisted that all decisions about further aid to the British should be left to the new prime minister.

The prime minister repeated this message to energy bosses last week, saying his successor would make “major fiscal decisions.”

No 10 declined to comment on the Prime Minister’s holiday in Greece.

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