A meeting of the liaison committee last week saw prime minister dodge the question of whether or not he would appoint a minister specifically dedicated to the hospitality industry.
The question came from Labour MP for Newcastle Catherine McKinnell, one of the supporters of the SeatAtTheTable campaign debated in parliament last week, who directly referenced the group’s petition which had amassed over 200,000 signatures.
“Given we spent two days debating in the summer whether a Scotch egg is a substantial meal or not would the prime minister agree to meet with petitioners who believe it’s time the government had a dedicated minister for hospitality to fully understand the diverse nature of this sector?” McKinnell posited.
Johnson thanked McKinnell for the query, but would not be pressed on whether or not a new minister would be created.
“The best thing for the hospitality sector is really that we all work together to defeat the virus in the way I am absolutely certain we can with disciplined action and the vaccine roll out and get them back on their feet,” he said. “That, I’m sure is the best thing for them.”