PM's father Stanley Johnson within rights to visit Greece - minister

03 Juillet, 2020, 11:07 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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More than 400,000 sunseekers are thought to have had their Greek holidays ruined by government delays in relaxing the global travel warning, along with Greece's decision to ban direct flights from the United Kingdom until July 15.

Speaking from his mountain-view villa in Pelion - which he lets out to tourists - Mr Johnson said Greek officials were happy to allow him in and the ban only seemed to apply to "bulk arrivals" of British holidaymakers. Many people suggested it was yet another example of one rule for the elite and another for ordinary British citizens, after the notable lockdown violation committed by the PM's advisor Dominic Cummings. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps argued Boris Johnson's father was within his right to travel overseas.

Boris Johnson's father has been criticised for travelling to Greece during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Transport Secretary said: "The quarantine isn't so he will still have to quarantine".

Liberal Democrat MP Jamie Stone said the incident "stinks of one rule for them and another rule for the rest of us".

But his trip has angered MPs, with shadow minister Rosena Allin-Khan tweeting: "Most people have been following the guidelines and socially distancing - not everyone will get a holiday this year".

He said: "It might be an announcement that could be made by the prime minister, who could then explain his views on the fact that apparently his own father has jetted off in defiance of the guidance to Greece". Whilst the Prime Minister is continuing to ask people to make huge sacrifices. he must reflect on how much of a kick in the teeth these reports will be'.

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The Foreign Office now advises British nationals "against all but essential global travel".

The former MEP posted photographs of his aeroplane as well as selfies from his trip, before insisting on social media his trip to Thessaly was "essential business".

He told the Daily Mail he was in the country "on essential business" to ensure a property he rents out was "Covid-proof" before holidays restart.

"I need to set up distancing measures at the property because they're taking it very seriously here".

The Prime Minister's spokesman said: 'In relation to Foreign Office advice, that is what it is - it is advice.

Stanley Johnson declined to comment further yesterday.

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