September 1, 2022, 09:22
The Prime Minister will no longer drive around in a British car after the Metropolitan Police has ordered a fleet of German-made Audis.
It is the first time the British leader has not driven around in a homemade vehicle after a suitable vehicle could not be found in the Jaguar range.
Instead, the Met has reportedly ordered a fleet of bulletproof Audi A8s.
The Prime Minister is currently driving a batch of Jaguar XJs known as the Sentinel, but the Met had to find an alternative after Jaguar put production on hold following a drop in demand during the pandemic.
The Prime Minister has been transported in a range of Jaguars, or alternatives with a Daimler badge, since the 1980s. Land Rovers and Humbers have also served British leaders.
It was hoped that a range of electric vehicles would replace the Jaguars ordered by David Cameron in 2010.
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Liz Truss, speaking last night at Tory leadership meetings hosted by LBC, said she would “examine this issue in more detail.”
“In my current role as Secretary of State I have police protection, and ultimately it’s a police decision on the best car to use,” Truss said, adding that she would prefer to address issues of “energy prices.” and the British economy”. .”
The decision has outraged MPs who have labeled the decision as unpatriotic, saying the prime minister’s vehicle should defend British models rather than turn to foreign-made alternatives.
Labor MP John Spellar, in conversation with the Sunsaid the decision jeopardized British jobs and accused “pen pushers” of “not caring about the car workers in the West Midlands and Merseyside and their supply chain across the country.”
Meanwhile, a source close to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the… Telegraph“We have our own manufacturer in house in Jaguar, and Grant believes we should defend them.
“It’s not something he would ever approve of [using a non-British manufacturer] – this is a bad look.”
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Former Education Minister Sir Gavin Williamson said: “We have one of the proudest and longest traditions of producing some of the world’s finest cars that are desired and appreciated around the world.
“And the idea that we wouldn’t have cars produced here in the UK and used for ministers is absurd, and certainly not something that would ever happen.
“You would never expect a German minister to arrive in a Jaguar or a British-made car.
“I think hopefully people can think about this and realize that it’s really important to support UK businesses and UK jobs in terms of how public money is spent.”
Downing Street has refused to join the queue, saying in a statement that “the Prime Minister will always promote British businesses, but that is the Met’s business.”
The Met declined to comment on the posts.
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