Boris Johnson took private jet from COP26 summit back to London to attend reunion of Telegraph journalists at the Garrick Club (but at least he reused his rented suit)
- Boris Johnson took a private jet from the COP26 summit in Glasgow to London
- He attended a reunion dinner with Telegraph journalists The Garrick in West End
- Downing street aid the PM travelled on ‘one of the most carbon-effective planes’
Boris Johnson took a private jet from the COP26 summit in Glasgow to London to attend a reunion dinner with Telegraph journalists at a private members club, it has been reported.
The Prime Minister attended the evening gathering with his former colleagues at The Garrick, in London’s West End, after flying 400 miles from the climate change conference in Glasgow on Tuesday night.
Mr Johnson, who appeared to be wearing his rented £495 Oliver Brown suit from earlier that day, was seen leaving the exclusive club at 10pm last night alongside the former editor of the Telegraph Charles Moore, pictures obtained by The Mirror show.
A Downing street spokesperson said the PM, who previously worked as a columnist for The Daily Telegraph, travelled on ‘one of the most carbon-effective planes its size in the world’ which used ‘the most sustainable aviation fuel available’.
Boris Johnson took a private jet from the COP26 summit in Glasgow to London last night
The PM reportedly took off from Glasgow Prestwick airport at 6.20pm before arriving at London’s Stansted – where he was met by his security team who drove him to the club, according to the Mirror.
A Downing Street spokesperson told The Mirror: ‘All travel decisions are made with consideration for security and time restraints.
‘The prime minister returned on Tuesday night from four days of engagements in Rome and Glasgow, ahead of updating parliament on the important commitments secured both at the G20 and Cop26.
‘The prime minister travelled on one of the most carbon-efficient planes of its size in the world, using the most sustainable aviation fuel possible. The UK will be offsetting all carbon emissions associated with running Cop26, including travel.’
Earlier this week Downing Street confirmed Mr Johnson would travel back to London by private jet due to ‘time constraints’ that mean he cannot use the direct train route between the two cities.
Pressed on why the Prime Minister could not go by train for a journey within the UK, the spokesman said it was important he was able to travel round the country while facing ‘significant time constraints’.
Mr Johnson’s charter aircraft produces less than half the emissions produced by the RAF Voyager which the Prime Minister sometimes uses for foreign travel.
But its use will embolden critics who say there is one set of rules for the global rich and another for everyone else, amid efforts to cut global air travel to cut emissions.
‘Our approach to tackling climate change is to use technology so that we do not have to change how we use modes of transport, rather we use technology on things like electric vehicles so that we can still get to net zero,’ the spokesman said.
The Prime Minister reportedly attended the evening gathering at The Garrick, in London’s West End, after flying 400 miles from the climate change conference in Glasgow
Mr Johnson, who previously worked at the Daily Telegraph, was seen leaving the club alongside the former editor of the Telegraph Charles Moore. Pictured: Mr Johnson with Greg Clark, Charles Moore and Daniel Hannan in 2006
‘That has very much been at the core of our approach.
‘It is important that the Prime Minister is able to move round the country and obviously we face significant time constraints.
‘The plane the Prime Minister used on his travels is one of the most carbon-efficient planes of its size in the world. It produces 50 per cent less CO2 emissions than, for example, the larger, Voyager plane.
‘It uses a specific type of fuel that is a blend of 35 per cent sustainable aviation fuel and 65 per cent normal fuel, which is the maximum amount allowed.’
Mr Johnson used the aircraft, operated by Titan Airways, to fly out to the G20 summit in Rome on Friday and then carried on to Glasgow on Sunday.
The disclosure came after Chancellor Rishi Sunak faced accusations of hypocrisy when he announced a cut in air passenger duty on short-haul flights and a further freezing of fuel duty in his Budget last week, just days before the opening of COP26.
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