By Jack Elsom For Mailonline
Published: 17:15 BST, 25 September 2020 | Updated: 02:59 BST, 26 September 2020
Rishi Sunak's deputy has swatted away suggestions of a rift between the Chancellor and Boris Johnson over the Government's coronavirus strategy.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay insisted both men were working 'in tandem' and denied Numbers 10 and 11 were adopting different approaches.
On Thursday Mr Sunak said the nation needed to learn to 'live without fear', just days after the Prime Minister tightened coronavirus laws amid a steep rise in cases.
Unveiling his Winter Economic Plan, the Chancellor said 'our lives can no longer be put on hold,' which was widely interpreted to contradict the message from his boss.
Mr Johnson's noticeable absence from the Commons chamber - he instead toured a police station in Northamptonshire - further fanned speculation of a rift.
Meanwhile MPs will be granted a vote on Mr Johnson's controversial 'rule of six' on October 6, in a win for more than 40 Tory rebels MPs.
Rishi Sunak's deputy today swatted away suggestions of a rift between the Chancellor (pictured left yesterday) and Boris Johnson (pictured in his Uxbridge constituency today) over the Government's coronavirus strategy
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay insisted both men were working 'in tandem' and denied Numbers 10 and 11 were adopting different approaches
Mr Barclay played down reports of a rift, telling BBC Radio 4's Today: 'The Prime Minister and the Chancellor