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Great divide as cabinet returns

Grand gesture: The meeting was held in the Foreign Office’s Locarno Suite, with the PM warning of difficult times ahead PICTURES: PA/GETTY

BORIS JOHNSON warned of ‘bumpy months’ ahead as the cabinet met face to face for the first time since lockdown, in rather grander surroundings than usual.

Due to virus restrictions the meeting yesterday took place in the Foreign Office’s grand Locarno Suite rather than No.10’s smaller cabinet room, with ministers sitting a metre apart, hand sanitiser, and individual water bottles rather than jugs.

Opening proceedings, the prime minister (pictured below) said there will be ‘difficult months ahead for our people and our country, but no one will be without hope’.

He continued: ‘We will build back better and come through this crisis more strongly than ever before.

‘We have to continue to push down on this virus and keep it under control in the heroic way the British people have managed so far.

‘But we must also cautiously, while observing rules on social distancing, get our economy moving again and get our people back into work.’