Sunday 10 October 2021 / 1:26 PM Bridget Phillipson / Business / Economy / Energy

Labour says government needs to get a grip after Treasury slaps down Business Secretary

Labour has today called on the Government to “get a grip” after the Treasury denied the Business Secretary’s claims that he was talking to the Chancellor about support for industry.

In a stunning slap down, Treasury sources told Sky News: “This is not the first time the BEIS secretary has made things up in interviews. To be crystal clear the treasury are not involved in any talks”

Bridget Phillipson MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said:

“In the teeth of a crisis of its own making, the Government has put its out of office on. The Prime Minister has gone on holiday, no one knows where the Chancellor is, and this morning we understand the Business Secretary has entered the realms of fantasy.

“The two key government departments responsible for the current cost of living crisis have spent this morning infighting about whether they were in talks with each other. What a farce. If government ministers can’t even tell the truth about each other, then what hope do we have for the challenges facing our country?

“We need urgent answers on who exactly is running the show. The Government needs to get a grip because the British people are paying the price for the Prime Minister’s incompetence.”