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'Part-Time PM' David Cameron Jets Off On Holiday Before Parliament Breaks For Recess

PM told Tory colleagues he "needs time to think" as takes an early cut

24/03/2016 13:56 GMT | Updated 24/03/2016 15:59 GMT
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David Cameron has been dubbed the "part-time PM" after jetting off on holiday - despite MPs still working.

His early getaway comes after admitting to Tory MPs that he could “do with time to think" after the controversy of George Osborne's Budget  

The Prime Minister's official spokeswoman confirmed he had flown to the Canary Islands on the last day of Parliament before the Easter recess.

This was despite MPs debating a series of issues before Parliament stands, including an "urgent question" on next week's junior doctors' strike.

Speaking to the Conservative party’s 1922 committee of backbench MPs last night, Cameron was told the MPs: “I could do with time to think. It has been a tough week but let’s not lose sight of what we do.”

One Tory MP said he was referring to "the ultra-fast news cycle"  that surrounded the Conservative rebellion over disability welfare cuts in the Budget, which resulted in the resignation of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and a U-tum leaving a £4.4 billion hole in George Osborne's Budget.

While MPs continued to debate a series of outstanding issues, ex-Scotland rugby international Jim Hamilton revealed on Twitter that he had "limited banter" with Cameron.

Labour criticised the PM for his early cut - and holidaying abroad despite urging Brits to take a "staycation" to help the post-floods recovery effort in tourism-reliant areas

Labour MP Sue Hayman MP said: "Although Parliament is still going about its business, David Cameron couldn’t be more keen to escape the mess his Government has presided over. 

"Escaping his budget shambles with a budget flight abroad, this part time Prime Minister seems keen to put as much distance between himself and his Chancellor as possible.  

"Despite pleas for others to holiday at home, supporting tourist areas recently hit by flooding like Cumbria, it’s clearly one rule for him and another for everyone else.”

Anyway, here's the PM sporting his favourite holiday look.

  • Cornwall in 2015
    Matt Cardy/PA Wire
    Having a coffee outside the Galleon Beach Cafe, at Polzeath, north Cornwall, following an early morning swim. Forget the wetsuit, haven't we seen that polo neck before?
  • Cornwall in 2014
    Tim Ireland/PA Archive
    Lunch at Polzeath, again. Sporting a very similar look.
  • Cornwall in 2013
    Matt Cardy/PA Archive
    Polzeath. Yet again. A blue polo neck. Yet again.
  • Cornwall in 2011
    Matt Cardy/PA Archive
    Inside the fish shop 'Fresh From The Sea' in Port Isaac, Cornwall. Does the shirt have a darker hue?
  • Ibiza in 2011
    Chris Radburn/PA Archive
    Walking through the centre of Santa Gertrudis in Ibiza, Spain. A deeper neck-line this time.
  • Cornwall in 2010
    Ben Birchall/PA Archive
    On the coastal path at Daymer Bay beach in Cornwall. Where it all began.