Boris Johnson is missing an emergency Cobra meeting amid the heatwave so he can throw a farewell party at Checkers instead, it has been reported.
Invitations to the party at the Prime Minister’s official country residence were said to have been sent out earlier this week.
The event is believed to take place tomorrow.
A Tory source told Sky News: “The invitation comes from Mr and Mrs Johnson.
“It’s her farewell party this weekend at Checkers. Partners and children are all invited.’
The Government’s Cobra Civil Emergencies Committee is meeting this afternoon to discuss the escalating heatwave, which has been declared a national emergency.
Downing Street confirmed Mr Johnson will not attend the meeting, which is being hosted by Cabinet Secretary Kit Malthouse.
It will be the second Cobra meeting that Mr. Malthouse will chair on this subject.
Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner has accused Mr Johnson of being “back on the job” as he “prepares to party while Britain cooks”.
“Boris Johnson has disappeared back into action,” Ms Rayner said.
“He’s back to his old tricks of skipping important COBRA meetings.
“Where is the plan for the delivery of essential services and how are people being protected at work, on transport, in schools, hospitals and care homes?
“The public will have no confidence in this zombie Conservative government responding swiftly and decisively to this national emergency while this disgraced Prime Minister prepares to party while Britain cooks.
“If he still cannot take responsibility for the job, he should leave immediately.”
Mr Johnson’s farewell party is understood to be a private event and no taxpayers’ money will be used to pay for it.
A spokesman for Number 10 told Sky News: “As this is not relevant to government business there is nothing to add.”
Meteorologists have said there is an 80 per cent chance the mercury will surpass the UK’s record 38.7C temperature set in Cambridge in 2019 this week, with the current heatwave set to peak on Tuesday.
Temperatures are set to rise over the weekend and the Met Office has issued a yellow heat warning for the whole of England, southern Scotland and Wales from Sunday to Tuesday.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan yesterday held a special meeting with key senior officials from agencies including the NHS, Met Police, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service, councils and Transport for London to ensure a sound Plan to deal with the level in place is four heat alert.
Mr Khan has urged Londoners to only make essential journeys on Monday and Tuesday and to prepare for disruptions as rail and Tube networks will face speed restrictions.
The Mayor has also issued a high air pollution alert for London for Monday.
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