UK hospitality pleads for Covid support, as Omicron drags growth to 10-month low – business live | Business

Labour’s Wes Streeting, the shadow health secretary, urged Sunak and the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, to “hammer out a deal to help hospitality because they really need us right now”.

Streeting said: “Those businesses are having a hard time at the moment and we want government to be by their side.”

He added: “We understand the chancellor is currently out of the country in California. So perhaps he might want to get himself on a flight back and get a grip on the situation because businesses need certainty and confidence now.”

A spokesperson for Sunak said the trip was long-planned and that while he was there, the chancellor would be meeting industry leaders from the tech and investment sectors – “with a packed schedule of meetings”.

They added: “He is in constant contact with staff back home and will be speaking to UK hospitality businesses today to hear their concerns.”

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