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A Spanish villa and Boris and Carrie Johnson
The prime minister has reportedly snuck off to a villa ‘owned by Tory peer Zac Goldsmith’ (Picture: Downing Street)

If you’re prone to jealousy, look away now.

This is reportedly the luxury Spanish bolthole Boris Johnson is spending the week at.

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The prime minister headed off to the Costa del Sol this weekend with pregnant wife Carrie and son Wilf.

The Johnson clan are reportedly staying at a lavish property owned by former mayor of London candidate and environment minister Zac Goldsmith, according to the Mirror.

According to its website, the holiday estate is near Marbella and ‘set in over 600 acres of woodland, has its own heli-pad and two swimming pools’.

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The villa, which is also serves as a picturesque wedding venue, reportedly costs up to £25,000 a week and offers a ‘secret paradise [and] an intimate retreat from the city and business of modern life’.

The PM has been slated by the opposition for going on holiday at a time when rising inflation and an energy crisis threaten to unleash a poverty crisis this winter.

Charities have warned of hardship for families across the country as prices go up at the same time as the government is removing the £20-a-week Universal Credit uplift.

Villa in Spain
This is reportedly the interior of the luxury Costa del Sol villa where the prime minister is spending the week
Villa in Spain
The villa is reportedly owned by Zac Goldsmith, a Tory peer and former London mayoral candidate
Villa in Spain
The secluded villa is apparently nestled high in the hills above Marbella
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With the energy sector in freefall, Labour has called for ‘urgent answers on who exactly is running the show’.

Shadow Treasury minister Bridget Phillipson told the Mirror: ‘In the teeth of a crisis of its own making, the government has put its out of office on.’

A previous foreign holiday as the guest of a Tory donor landed Mr Johnson in hot water with parliament’s ethics watchdog.

After months of scrutiny, he was criticised for not promptly declaring the arrangements for the trip taken shortly after winning the 2019 general election.

He was ultimately cleared of breaking the MPs’ code of conduct after an investigation into whether he adequately registered £15,000 worth of accommodation paid for by a Tory donor.

Mr Goldsmith, who also serves as a foreign office minister despite not being an elected MP, was handed a peerage under Mr Johnson’s government. 

Energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng defended the PM’s decision to go on holiday despite problems at home and said they are in regular contact.

Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and at the Department for International Development Zac Goldsmith arrives in Downing Street in central London on November 5, 2019 for a meeting of the cabinet. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Unelected Zac Goldsmith holds two ministerial positions after being appointed to the House of Lords (Picture: AFP)
Map showing where Boris is reportedly staying
The villa is in a remote area close to the picturesque town of Benahavis (Picture: VELOXNEWS)
Cornwall, United Kingdom. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie
Boris and Carrie – pictured here in Cornwall – are squeezing in a holiday between conference season and the return of parliament (Picture: Downing Street)

The business secretary told Times Radio: ‘I believe he has gone away. I’m not sure where he’s gone.

‘But what I would say is I am in regular contact with him. He’s also had a year-and-a-half in which he’s almost lost his life to Covid, his mother passed away very sadly two or three weeks ago and he may have decided to take a short break.

‘I think that’s something reasonable. I’m in regular WhatsApp contact with him, I spoke to him only a few days ago. I’m not sure when he’s supposed to have left the country.’

Mr Johnson recently demoted his foreign secretary Dominic Raab after he drew criticism for remaining at a lavish hotel in Crete while the Taliban swept across Afghanistan. has approached Downing Street and Zac Goldsmith for comment.

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