Prime Minister’s official plane used for ‘boozy jolly’ over UK, report says | Political news

The prime minister’s official jet was used for a ‘joyful booze’ by officials, according to a report.

Sky News understands a number of officials joined the 91-minute trip over the UK – and it went off with “the usual catering for a flight”.

The Sun newspaper claims that during the 700 mile journey – which is believed to have cost £50,000 – a ‘fine meal with a selection of alcoholic beverages’ was served.

Flight data shows it took off from Stansted and headed towards the Lake District before returning.

A statement on behalf of the government, given to Sky News, said: “In order to comply with Airbus and aviation industry rules, the aircraft was legally required to perform a maintenance flight by September 4 or face significant additional storage costs.”

The RAF Voyager is used by the Prime Minister and the Royal Ramily

It is claimed that the trip of a number of Foreign Office officials was necessary to ensure that – following “a recent reconfiguration of the aircraft” – it would “still meet ministerial requirements”.

Labour’s shadow trade secretary Emily Thornberry told The Sun: ‘It would be utterly shameful behavior at the best of times, but in the midst of our country’s current crisis it is shameful beyond the words.”

The RAF Voyager aircraft is shared between Boris Johnson and the Royal family. Once gray it was repainted white and given a Union Jack on its tail in a controversial £900,000 makeover.

News of the alleged ‘merry’ comes as Boris Johnson and his allies have has launched a legal pushback against a House of Commons inquiry into allegations he lied to Parliament about partygate.

The investigation into Mr Johnson, by the all-party Privileges Committee, was denounced as ‘a witch hunt’ and ‘kangaroo court’ by his allies after the committee announced it could rule against him even though he had not deliberately misled MPs.