The Daily Telegraph

Gove to head new taskforce to secure food supply chain

- By Tony Diver POLITICAL CORRESPOND­ENT

MICHAEL GOVE has been tasked with fixing Britain’s food supply chain, amid fears of Christmas shortages.

The Prime Minister has appointed Mr Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, to lead a cross-government­al committee to deal with the problems that have already led to empty shelves.

The Daily Telegraph understand­s Steve Barclay, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, is also on the new National Economic Recovery Taskforce (Logistics).

Mr Gove’s past tasks include managing no-deal Brexit planning and the developmen­t of vaccine passports.

Food industry leaders have warned people to prepare for permanent shortages in supermarke­ts if issues around supply chains persist. Archie Norman, the Marks & Spencer’s chairman, this week said it was going to be a “bumpy ride” before Christmas.

According to The Times, Boris Johnson joked at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting that he “didn’t want to have to cancel Christmas again”. A source close to Mr Gove played down the idea that he was “brought in to save Christmas”.

The new group will reportedly look at increasing HGV driver numbers.

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