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Reports Boris Johnson took weekend break in Italy 'completely untrue'

Downing Street has denied reports that Boris Johnson travelled to Italy

Downing Street has denied as "completely untrue" a report that British prime minister Boris Johnson travelled to Perugia this month.

A statement from the city's airport, reported in La Repubblica, said Mr Johnson was in Perugia "over the past few days", and a source told the newspaper that the prime minister "arrived on Friday September 11 at 2pm and left on Monday September 14 at 7.45".

A No 10 spokesman said: "This story is completely untrue. The prime minister has not travelled to Italy in recent months. Anyone who publishes these claims is repeating a falsehood."

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he is not aware of Mr Johnson having taken the trip.

Mr Shapps told Sky News: "Not that I'm aware of, no. I saw that story in the weekend paper. I think it's mistaken as far as I'm aware."

He added: "I don't track his movements by the hour.

"Just to be clear, that would be in a travel corridor in any case."

Earlier this year, Mr Johnson's top aide Dominic Cummmings faced calls to resign after it emerged he had taken a 250-mile journey during the national coronavirus lockdown.

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