Boris Johnson left his luxury holiday estate in Spain this afternoon to return to the UK.
The Prime Minister, wife Carrie and son Wilf left in a minivan with blacked out windows.
It sped from the villa in the hills above Marbella heading for an unknown airport followed by his security detail.
The PM has been dubbed the “ weasel with his easel ” after he was pictured painting during his holiday.
He has been on holiday on the Spanish coast while the UK endures a period of turmoil.
Motorists have be left waiting at petrol stations due to a lack of tanker drivers and supermarkets across the country have seen their shelves empty.
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As Universal Credit was cut by £20 a week gas prices continued to rocket, signalling a grim winter ahead for millions already in fuel poverty.
While the PM sunned himself with his wife and son, Brits were warned about Christmas present and turkey shortages.
The man dubbed “the weasel with his easel” has been criticised for taking a late summer break at a £25,000 the week villa, which is owned by fellow Tory Zac Goldsmith.
After being caught painting on Tuesday evening as the sun set in the hills over his 600 acre estate near Marbella it was thought Johnson would go into hiding again.
But he was back with his brushes before 10am on Wednesday – determined to complete his landscape painting.
At one stage he stood back to his admire his work and showed it to a friend.
Wearing a dark blue shirt and casual trousers, with a white tie-up cord, he occasionally scratched his head as he added strokes to his work.
The Prime Minister has so far refused to comment on a damning report by MPs detailing how the UK failed to properly deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Earlier in the week Downing Street defended Johnson’s decision to go away, claiming he was continuing to work on government business.
The prime minister’s official spokesman said he had taken a call from Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and was being updated on efforts to address supply chain problems.
“The prime minister continues to be in charge as is always the case,” the spokesman said.
“The prime minister has taken calls with leaders already and there will be others to follow.
“The prime minister has been kept regularly updated on the ongoing work to address the current issues around fuel and supply chains.
“He is in regular contact with with ministers and No 10. He is also continuing to take calls particularly in the run-up to Cop26.”