A LONDON shop has been found selling toilet roll for £18 as Boris Johnson vows to crack down on profiteers benefiting from the coronavirus chaos.
It comes as the PM and Jeremy Corbyn faced off in their final PMQs session before the Labour boss quits and Parliament shuts for a month.
A creative lead for News UK, Ally Farrell, tweeted: “My local corner shop in Woolwich are selling 24-packs of toilet roll for £18. EIGHTEEN POUNDS.”
His shocked followers commented on the huge mark up put on by the shop owners.
One said: “100% increase on that. Same one cost me £9 in Morrisons last week”
And another wrote: “That’s outrageous and shouldn’t be allowed.”
Boris insisted today that more must be done to stop companies from doubling or tripling their prices.
Tory MP Alexander Stafford called on him to help halt the “disgusting” behaviour from some stores.
And Boris replied: “I think that profiteering is something we should be looking at from a legislative point of view in this house, as has happened before in this country.”
Downing Street said earlier: “The PM is clear that we don’t want to see profiteering of any kind.
“Traders must stop any price increases. The Competition and Markets Authority has created a specific COVID19 taskforce to address and remedy concerns tat some businesses are exploiting consumers through harmful sales and pricing practices.
“We urge anybody who had any concerns to report those of the CMA.
“The CMA can use a range of consumer powers to tackle bad behaviour including significant fines.
We will also look at further action if necessary.”
He also vowed that a huge bumper package was on the way for the self-employed “in the next few days” and more testing for NHS staff.
Boris promised: “We are putting our arms around every single worker.”
And he again stressed that the best thing everyone can do to help with the coronavirus crisis was to “stay at home”.
In a bold rally cry to a worried nation, he said: “We will get this country through this crisis with this exceptional steps.
“We will do whatever it takes to get our country through it together. We will beat it together.”
A package of measures to help Britain’s army of five million self-employed is being worked on frantically by ministers, but the system is more complex than regular workers so has taken longer than expected.
Boris paid tribute to the ongoing Labour boss, who will be replaced at the start of April.
“We may not agree about everything but no one can doubt his sincerity and determination to build a better society,” the PM said.
But Mr Corbyn assured him he wasn’t going anywhere.
This morning a huge row erupted as construction workers were told to go in as usual on crowded trains – but ordered to stay two metres apart.
Last night the Government insisted that if people could not work from home – including all builders on sites – they could carry on going in as long as they were safe.
However, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon both said they should be staying home too like most of the country.
The Mayor said this morning: “You can’t keep a safe distance on sites so the virus will spread and more people will die.
“I’ve repeatedly asked Ministers to ban non-essential work. Scotland already has – as has TfL. We need action today.”
Daily footage shows builders and other workers being forced to cram into trains and Tubes to get to work.
And this morning up to 1,000 workers at the meat producer Moy Park, Portadown, walked out over safety concerns.
Boris and other ministers insisted the building work would contain vital maintenance that simply had to be done.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick was taken apart by the Good Morning Britain host, Piers Morgan.
He said: “We have to keep essential services and the economy moving forward.
“We need to ensure that services are delivered and the critical infrastructure of the country is maintained.”
But Piers yelled back: “You’re putting money above lives, aren’t you?
“How are you going to feel with a policy that is opposite against country like France if the UK death rate explodes because you didn’t lock down the country properly?
“Will you feel responsible as a government for that?”
Mr Jenrick argued that everyone was following the expert advice – which was led by medical experts.
“We believe we’re taking the judgments at the right moments,” he added.
And he stressed that essential works included making sure buildings were safe, installing boilers, and making sure dangerous cladding was ripped off buildings had to be done.
But ANY firm that can’t make sure people are two metres apart at all times should close down, he said.
Some firms have already done so.
“In construction a number of employers have decided they cant follow the Public Health England guidance and choosing and shut down their sites,” he told the BBC.
“That is the right thing to do.”