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01/10/2019 13:28 BST | Updated 01/10/2019 14:54 BST

Boris Johnson And His Disposable Cup Is Straight Out Of The Thick Of It

"No. Disposable. Cups," aide says while snatching the prime minister's coffee, in a valiant attempt to avoid a PR disaster.

Given the week Boris Johnson is having, he’s probably in need of a coffee. 

If you haven’t been keeping up, not only has the prime minister been accused of groping a journalist’s inner thigh when he was editor of The Spectator – an allegation he has vehemently denied – but he’s also facing serious heat about his links with American businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri when he was London mayor. 

Meanwhile Johnson’s updated Brexit deal, which was leaked on Monday night, has received a far from warm welcome from leaders in Ireland.  And to top it off,  his party’s conference in Manchester has so far been dotted with some awkward speeches.

So yeah, the PM’s probably gagging for a caffeine fix. But it was not to be.

In a hilarious video from the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Johnson is seen being given a coffee by one of his aides – only for it to be snatched away moments later by a female staffer. 

“No... disposable cups” she tells her colleague after she prises the cup from the PM’s hands. 

Meanwhile Johnson – apparently confused by the whole interaction – can be seen raising his hands in the background, saying “Oop, oop, opp”. 

Unlucky BoJo – hopefully someone will remember his reusable cup before his big conference speech on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, health minister Nadine Dorries tweeted: “Poor @BorisJohnson. Someone give him a coffee!” 

The near-miss gaffe comes amid a crusade on single-use plastics by the government.

When Michael Gove, who is now Johnson’s right-hand man on no-deal Brexit planning, was environment secretary, he led a ban on plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic cotton buds in England.