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UK press slam PM for Ibiza trip in ‘terror crisis'

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UK press slam PM for Ibiza trip in ‘terror crisis'
The Sun has hinted that Cameron has told friends in the past that his wife Samantha puts her foot down when it comes to family holidays. Photo: STEFAN ROUSSEAU / POOL / AFP
10:44 CEST+02:00
British tabloid newspapers have condemned British Prime Minister David Cameron for taking a week-long break with his wife Samantha on the Spanish island of Ibiza only days after the murder of a British soldier by two suspected extremists.

The Daily Mail ran the story with the title “Cameron sparks row by ‘swanning off’ on holiday to Ibiza with his family as Britain is gripped by terror crisis”.

The tabloid newspaper stated that British MPs are “said to be outraged” by the Prime Minister’s “few days' break” and even spoke of four groups of MPs who “are said to be plotting about Mr Cameron’s future”.

Another red top that lashed out at Cameron was The Sun, running the story with the intro “David Cameron flew to Ibiza for a holiday yesterday — leaving Britain engulfed by the biggest terror crisis since 7/7.”

The British daily included quotes fromLabour MP Sarah Champion, who said Cameron’s decision to take a break showed he was “utterly out of touch.”

“While the country struggles to come to terms with the vile crime in Woolwich this week and investigations continue, he has swanned off to Ibiza. The public deserve better from their Prime Minister,” she told The Sun.

Britain’s biggest selling newspaper also hinted that Cameron has told friends in the past that his wife Samantha puts her foot down when it comes to family holidays.

Downing Street hit back at all the criticism the Prime Minister was receiving on Sunday by saying Cameron 'remains in charge' despite being abroad.

Right-leaning broadsheet The Daily Telegraph even ran a poll to ask its readers if they thought Cameron should be on holiday , with 55 percent answering  “Yes, even the PM must take time off work”, and 44 percent saying “No, it was not the right moment to go”. 

Cameron also received support from Nadine Dorries, a Tory backbencher and a well-known critic of her party's leader.

"We have got the internet, we've got mobile phones. I think Cameron could actually get back from Ibiza to London quicker than if he was in Cornwall,” she told Sky News.

"I think he is entitled to a holiday, he's entitled to be with his family. I actually want the prime minister to be refreshed, feeling happy because he's had holiday time with his kids and his wife and come back and be a refreshed prime minister."

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