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Situation at UK’s biggest port ‘improving’ and Britons should shop for Christmas presents ‘normally’

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The situation at the UK’s largest commercial port is “improving” and Britons should shop normally for Christmas, a minister has told Sky News.

Oliver Dowden’s comments to Kay Burley come after a major global shipping company decided to divert vessels away from Felixstowe, blaming a backlog of containers at UK ports, to unload elsewhere in Europe.

The move raised fears of delays to deliveries as the pre-Christmas trade rush gets under way.

But Mr Dowden, Conservative Party chairman, said: “I’m confident that people will be able to get their toys for Christmas.”

He added the situation “is improving” and “I would say just buy as you do normally”.