Can ANYTHING hurt Boris? PM leaves £25,000 a week in Marbella as poll shows Tory lead Labor GROWING to 10 points despite soaking up the sun amid chaos at the petrol pumps, shortages in the shops and soaring inflation
- Boris Johnson is going home to Spain with Carrie and son Wilf after vacation
- The Prime Minister and family stayed in a £25,000-a-week villa near Marbella
- Break comes amid supply chain chaos and rising inflation fears
Boris Johnson returned from his break in Spain today as a poll showed his lead over Keir Starmer has stretched to 10 points, despite increasing supply chain chaos and rising inflation.
The prime minister has been on holiday in Spain with his family for the week amid another wave of stark warnings about shortages ahead of Christmas.
The country has also been plagued by alarm over rising energy bills and the risk of a rise in inflation will force the Bank of England to raise interest rates ahead of schedule.
But according to the latest YouGov survey, the turbulence is not affecting the Tories’ position with voters.
The party’s support has risen two points in a week, to 41 percent in the survey conducted yesterday and Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Labor remained stalled at 31 percent, while Sir Keir in his own ranks grew increasingly frustrated at why they are not breaking through.
Johnson also maintained his lead as ‘best prime minister’, with 31 percent voting for him and 25 percent for Sir Keir.
The Prime Minister’s convoy has left the Spanish villa where he has been on holiday with his family for the week
Mr Johnson is expected to be back at work tomorrow after his overseas break
A poll today showed the Tory’s lead over Labor has risen to 10 points, despite increasing supply chain chaos and rising inflation
Mr Johnson has indulged in some painting this week during his Spain retreat (pictured Tuesday)
Empty shelves in Leeds are a picture today as stocks in a Sainsbury’s supermarket are about to run out due to delivery problems
41% were unable to buy important goods in the past week
Three-fifths of Britons say they have not been able to do routine shopping in the past week.
In a poll for MailOnline, 41 percent reported failing to obtain normal products, highlighting the supply chain chaos plaguing the country.
Fuel was the most common problem, in the Redfield & Wilton Strategies survey, 42 percent said they couldn’t buy one.
But 30 percent said they were thwarted from buying meat, while the same portion complained about a lack of fruits or vegetables.
A quarter couldn’t get dairy products, 40 percent expressed complaints about other household items — and 14 percent insisted it was difficult to find medicines.
As Mr Johnson’s convoy was seen to leave the queues still visible at gas stations in some parts of the country after a wave of panic buying caused chaos.
There have also been warnings of mounting delays at ports, while rising global demand following the pandemic and international truck driver shortages have contributed to a ‘perfect storm’ for shoppers.
Rishi Sunak could offer only limited reassurance today that there will be presents under the tree this Christmas, fearing the supply chain crisis will expose the shelves.
The chancellor admitted the government “cannot solve every problem” but said ministers were doing “absolutely everything” to solve problems in British ports and shops before the holidays.
Families have been urged to shop now for fear that blockages will disrupt supplies of toys, electrical appliances and other products.
One in three retailers in the UK expect prices to rise over the next three months under pressure, including rising energy costs.
The British Retail Consortium said there are “clear signs” that the combination of problems “is starting to seep into consumer prices”, and small UK retailers say they expect to charge more.
But others said they’re “desperately holding back from being a Christmas drab and keeping everything the same” because they don’t want to give buyers more reasons not to buy in what’s already a tough market.
In comedic scenes, one Tesco Extra in Cardiff has been shown to place a huge display of sunflower oil at the end of a frozen food aisle, while another placed salad cream and HP sauce in chillers – and a Gloucester Asda filled empty shelves with Lynx Africa deodorant.
Meanwhile, a Tesco in Pontypridd, South Wales, put up a wall of tomatoes in place of the usual salad items. And a Co-op store in Hertfordshire filled fruit and vegetable departments with Quality Street, Celebrations and Dairy Milk.
Insiders said it wasn’t run by corporate headquarters, but staff were just thinking. Barbara Davies, 71, told the Sun: “It feels like items have been picked from strange places where other products would normally be.
‘Why would they put so many bottles of sunflower oil next to all the frozen food? I’m worried about what Christmas might look like.’
About 41 percent said in a poll for MailOnline that they were failing to secure normal products, highlighting the supply chain chaos plaguing the country
Fuel was the most common problem, with 42 percent saying they couldn’t buy fuel in the Redfield & Wilton Strategies survey