Theresa May to take three week walking holiday in the Swiss Alps

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Theresa May is to take a three-week holiday walking in the Alps with her husband Philip.

The Prime Minister and Mr May will leave on Monday for five days in northern Italy then return briefly to the UK to attend commemorations of the centenary of the battle of Passchendaele in Belgium.

They will then depart once again for Switzerland for a further two weeks, before returning to work in Downing Street on August 14, said a Number 10 spokeswoman.

Unlike some of her predecessors, Mrs May has not named a minister who will take charge of the business of government while she is away.

The Number 10 spokeswoman said that “various ministers will be on duty over the period”, while Mrs May will be “constantly updated” by Downing Street on developments in her absence.

She joked on Wednesday that fellow Conservatives may be relieved that she is not returning to Wales, where she made the fateful decision to call a snap election while walking in Snowdonia with husband Philip at Easter.

“I think there are many people who are grateful I’m going to the Alps and not to Wales again,” she told LBC radio.

Mr and Mrs May are regular summer visitors to the Alps, and the Prime Minister has named the Swiss regions of Zermatt and the Bernese Oberland as two of her favourite destinations because they are both “fantastic for walking”.


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