Downing Street was forced to bat away questions about Boris Johnson’s newfound camera shyness today after the Prime Minister remained unseen this year.
The Conservative leader has not been photographed in public for 11 days – despite the mounting Iran crisis.
He was last spotted in the Caribbean at St Lucia airport on December 27 as he stopped off with girlfriend Carrie Symonds on their way to their £20,000-a-week paradise bolt hole on the private island of Mustique.
Mr Johnson has held a series of phone calls with world leaders, including US President Donald Trump , French premier Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel since returning to No10 on Sunday.
He hosted Cabinet in Downing Street this morning.
But he is expected to be absent from the Commons when Defence Secretary Ben Wallace updates MPs later.
And he is not expected to be in Parliament for the latest stages of his flagship Brexit legislation, the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.
Asked by the Mirror if the PM was reluctant to be seen in public, Mr Johnson’s spokesman insisted: “The Prime Minister leads a Cabinet government and he has been in charge of the overall government response.”
Asked directly if the PM was “OK”, the spokesman replied: “Come on.”
Pale-skinned Mr Johnson is not thought to be suffering from sunburn from his luxury holiday – making his sudden reticence for the limelight even more inexplicable.
It is a stark departure from last month’s general election campaign where he lapped up attention and thrust himself to the forefront of the battle for No10.
He is expected to finally break cover tomorrow when he is due at the Commons despatch Box for his week grilling at Prime Minister’s Questions.