Boris Johnson’s spokesperson has denied he snubbed the Lionesses by not watching their Euros victory from Wembley, regardless of the German chancellor doing so.
Whereas no additional financial institution vacation is anticipated to be created to mark the achievement of the England girls’s soccer workforce, Downing Road did trace the squad could possibly be lined up for honours in recognition of their success.
An image posted by the prime minister confirmed him watching Sunday’s match from Chequers, his grace-and-favour nation retreat, sitting on the ground together with his two youngest kids round a TV.
Johnson went to cheer on the England males’s workforce once they have been narrowly defeated in a penalty shoot-out by Italy final summer season, however he was notably absent from the stadium when the ladies’s workforce lifted the trophy with a report variety of spectators on the end result of their marketing campaign, after beating Germany in additional time.
Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor, travelled to London to assist his workforce and held no conferences with UK authorities ministers earlier than heading again dwelling.
Requested why Johnson didn’t do the identical, regardless of sporting an England high as he watched from the gang when Gareth Southgate’s facet took second place within the delayed Euro 2020 match, his spokesperson mentioned: “The prime minister did watch the sport at dwelling together with, I believe, 17.4 million different folks.”
The overseas secretary and Tory management frontrunner Liz Truss and the tradition secretary, Nadine Dorries, each attended the match.
The Lionesses weren’t invited to No 10 on Monday, given Johnson is away attending the funeral of the previous Northern Eire first minister David Trimble. Because the prime minister can also be occurring vacation from Wednesday till Sunday, it’s unlikely the ladies’s workforce can be hosted in Downing Road later this week, both.
Requested if Johnson couldn’t be bothered to assist the Lionesses from Wembley, his spokesperson mentioned the general public “would choose the federal government on the assist it has given to girls’s soccer”.
“It is a authorities that has stood steadfast when it comes to supporting the ladies’s recreation and investing in it,” they added. “The prime minister has been supporting the workforce all through and is watching the sport together with his household at dwelling.”
Some imagine Johnson might have shied away from public appearances after he was heckled whereas attending the Queen’s platinum jubilee thanksgiving service in June, and feared related therapy to George Osborne, who was roundly booed on the Olympic Stadium in 2012.
Questioned on whether or not Johnson was snubbed by the Lionesses, his spokesperson mentioned no.
They left the door open to the ladies’s squad being lined up for damehoods, saying Johnson wished to “see the workforce obtain the popularity they rightly deserve for his or her historic victory”. Nonetheless, they mentioned that it was “a matter for the unbiased honours committee”.
Downing Road mentioned there have been “no plans” for an additional financial institution vacation to be created to mark the achievement.
However grassroots amenities can be re-named after the 23 gamers who led England to victory, both of their dwelling cities or locations that formed their footballing careers.
Faculties may also be inspired to supply soccer to women “as normal”, which No 10 mentioned “isn’t the case in all places”, including that “vital sums” had already been invested into girls’s sport and sport usually.