Boris Johnson ran just a few yards to his hotel after getting out of his car in front of a pack of photographers this morning.
The Prime Minister left his Manchester hotel before sunrise for a jog ahead of his key note speech to the Tory Party conference today.
It comes days after Mr Johnson was photographed running in a suit shirt and shorts with black socks after appearing to have forgotten his sports kit.
Footage today showed Mr Johnson jump out of his Range Rover before jogging just a few yards to enter the Midland Hotel in Manchester.
He waved at the waiting press pack while sporting a navy top featuring the Tory slogan ‘Build Back Better’.
Footage today showed Mr Johnson jump out of his Range Rover before jogging just a few yards to enter the Midland Hotel in Manchester
The Prime Minister (pictured) left his Manchester hotel before sunrise for a jog ahead of his key note speech to the Tory Party conference today
Meanwhile, in a flurry of interviews ahead of his keynote speech to Tory conference today, the PM denied that the country is in ‘crisis’, comparing the disruption to a ‘giant waking up’ and ‘creaking’ after the pandemic.
Despite Cabinet ministers telling MailOnline they were concerned about ‘complacency’ over inflation, now on track to be double the Bank of England’s target, Mr Johnson said he was not ‘worried’ about it running out of control.
He also pushed responsibility back on the private sector, insisting it is ‘not the job of government to come in and fix every problem’.
Referencing Margaret Thatcher’s 1980s dictum – which ironically she used to stress the need to control inflation in a market economy – Mr Johnson said: ‘In a famous phrase, there is no alternative. There is no alternative.
‘The UK has got to – and we can – do much, much better by becoming a higher-wage, higher-productivity economy.’
But he admitted that Christmas might only be better from a ‘low base’ amid fears of ongoing shortages – after it was effectively cancelled during the pandemic last year.
Today’s run (right) comes days after Mr Johnson was photographed jogging in a suit shirt and shorts with black socks after appearing to have forgotten his sports kit (left)
And he conceded that the government’s efforts to bring in more lorry drivers from abroad are having limited success, with just 127 having applied for emergency visas.
The uncompromising line from Mr Johnson came as new figures showed pump prices have hit 136.10p per litre, the highest level since September 2013.
Tensions were also inflamed further by Mr Johnson releasing a series of videos of him drinking beer, buttering toast and eating fish and chips to promote his ‘Build Back Better’ slogan.
Liz Barnes, managing director at Lewes-based wet wipes firm FreshWipes said: ‘If he likes alliteration, Boris can shove his butter up his backside.’
On a visit to a youth centre in Manchester on Sunday, Mr Johnson and Priti Patel tried their hand at some table tennis
Others raged that Mr Johnson should be focused on solutions rather than ‘stuffing his face with chips’.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has warned that firms will be to blame if the festive season is blighted by shortages and price rises.
One Cabinet source told the Telegraph that companies have been ‘drunk on cheap labour’ and failed to plan for the changes.
But industry has warned of an estimated shortfall of 100,000 HGV drivers, with the threat of empty shelves if the shortages are not addressed.
They said the government’s visa offer is not ‘attractive’ enough to draw in the people they need immediately.
Source: Daily Mail UK