Boris Johnson appoints supply chain tsar in bid to save Christmas

Boris Johnson has appointed a former Tesco boss to help advise the Government on supply chains, as warnings mount over the ongoing food and fuel shortage.

Sir David Lewis, who was chief executive of the supermarket giant during one of its most turbulent periods, will join the Cabinet Office from Monday, Oct 11, until the end of the year.

He will advise the Prime Minister and Steve Barclay, the new Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, on "immediate improvements and any necessary long term changes" that might be required.

The man once branded 'Drastic Dave' will also co-chair the new supply chain advisory group, consisting of external experts in the field, and the new industry taskforce, in a bid to grapple the issues that have caused empty shelves and shuttered petrol stations up and down the country.

Warnings about the impact of labour shortages on food supplies, as well as essentials such as toilet paper, have built in recent days, with the Government battling to rescue Christmas.

Yesterday the boss of Nestle said the crisis could even lead to shortages of Quality Street chocolates while farmers have warned of pork and turkey shortages this festive season.

Mr Johnson said: "There are currently global supply issues which we are working with industry to mitigate and Dave brings a wealth of experience which will help us continue to protect our businesses and supply chains."

Source: The Telegraph