Riots force PM to cut holiday short

12 August 2011 12:44

Prime Minister David Cameron, seen here on holiday in Tuscany, has been forced to cut his trip short to tend to the rioting in UK cities

Prime Minister David Cameron, seen here on holiday in Tuscany, has been forced to cut his trip short to tend to the rioting in UK cities

Britain's highest ranking politicians might want to check their travel insurance policies to see if they can claim back some of the costs of having to cut short their holidays in order to tend to the escalating rioting taking place across London and other English cities.

Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his family holiday in Tuscany to meet with Home Secretary Theresea May, who also prematurely ended her summer break, and acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner Tim Godwin as the riots continued for a third successive day.

Mr Cameron was due to chair Cobra, the Government's emergency committee, as the violence spread to areas of Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol.

When asked why the Prime Minister had returned to the UK, a Downing Street source said: "The situation has become more serious."

Mr Cameron's official spokesman had previously said "when he goes on holiday he takes an office with him and is in constant contact with this office back here".

London Mayor Boris Johnson has also cut short his summer holiday to tend to the violence in the capital.

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