Boris Johnson’s bid for his own personal plane was shot down in flames by critics today.
The Foreign Secretary insists it will help ministers drum up business globally as the UK quits the EU.
But a multi-million “jaunt jet”, which he claims “could be good for the government overall”, was branded a costly vanity project that should be grounded.
And Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith said: “We need someone serious about representing the UK and engaging with allies in a diplomatic way, not someone looking for more opportunities to embarrass the UK around the world.”
During the 2016 EU referendum battle Johnson sparked fury with his Brexit bus and its slogan promising £350million a week extra for the NHS after leaving.
Now he says he needs a jet after growing frustrated with scheduled flights on his South American trip.
He already has access to the PM’s converted RAF Airbus A330 Voyager, converted by previous PM David Cameron for £10million.
It has since also been earmarked for senior ministers and royals. But Johnson wants his own Foreign Office flight.
Best for Britain chief Eloise Todd said: “The Boris vanity project continues. Clearly he feels chartered aircraft are beneath him.”
Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry said: “The sooner this ludicrous waste of taxpayers’ money is grounded the better, and I don’t just mean the jet, I mean Boris Johnson too.”
A source close to Mr Johnson denied it would be his “own plane” – but added an aircraft to strike trade deals “could be good for Government overall”.
The source added costings were needed.