Top politicians forced to bring holidays to a halt

by Jessica MCILHINNEY on August 9, 2011

Britain’s highest ranking politicians have been forced into cutting short their summer holidays, due to the rioting that has swept London and other English cities over the past few days.

Prime Minister David Cameron returned to Britain in the early hours of Tuesday morning after prematurely abandoning the family break he was enjoying in Tuscany, Italy.

Cameron is set to chair the coalition Government’s emergency committee Cobra from 9am onwards and will discuss the riots while meeting Home Secretary Theresa May, who will be joined by the Metropolitan Police’s Acting Commissioner, Tim Godwin.

Asked to explain why the premier had returned, a Downing Street source said that the situation has become a lot more serious than it first was.

Cameron’s official spokesman previously said that whenever his employer goes on holiday, an office is taken with him - meaning that he is in regular contact with the UK, regardless of how far away he travels.

Deputy PM Nick Clegg earlier defended his government against accusations being thrown round that top ministers were enjoying holidays despite the riots. As well as Cameron, Boris Johnson also had to bow down to pressure and cut short the holiday he was on.

The move came despite Johnson’s aides previously insisting that the mayor will be able to deal with the crisis irrespective of how far away from London he is. Clegg returned to work yesterday morning, at the same time that Chancellor George Osborne remains in the US.

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