The Prime Minister told his political rival he couldn’t “have it both way” as the pair clashed over the Tory party’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Johnson said it was “extraordinary” Sir Keir had supported the rule of six himself but “couldn’t be bothered” to rally his members to support the new rule in a vote last night.
Mr Johnson questioned whether the Labour leader supported the Government’s rule of six restrictive measures after the party abstained in the Commons vote.
Mr Johnson told the Commons to cheers: “What we are doing is a combination of national and local measures which one week he comes to this House and supports, and the next week mysteriously he decides to whisk his support away.
“He cannot even be bothered to mobilise his own benches to support something as fundamental as the rule of six, which he himself said only three weeks ago that he supported.
Boris Johnson will face Keir Starmer for today’s PMQs
“He cannot continue to have it both ways. Does he support the rule of six? Yes or no?”
On Labour abstaining from the vote on the rule of six policy on Tuesday, he added: “What kind of a signal does this send to the people of the country about the robustness of the Labour Party and their willingness to enforce the restrictions?
“That is not new leadership, that is no leadership.”
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Boris Johnson is facing Keir Starmer in the Commons
12.26pm update: Labour MP warns about the end of furlough
Maria Eagle said tighter lockdown measures should trigger more support from the Government.
She said: “Will he support a targeted support scheme for Merseyside?”
Boris Johnson said: “We have already allocated £2.6million to the North West. We will continue to provide support across the country.”
12.19pm update: DUP MP warns about barriers to trade
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson asked the Prime Minister to hold firm in the remaining stages of Brexit negotiations.
He warned about barriers to trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
12.15pm update: Sir Ian Blackford quizzes Boris over poverty
The SNP’s Westminster leader pressed the Prime Minister on the universal credit uplight and called for it to be made permanent.
Boris said “we will continue to support people across the country” and added: “there are 200,000 fewer people in absolute poverty now”.
But Mr Blackford hit back: “One of these days the Prime Minister might answer the question.”
Keir Starmer’s Labour has unveiled their Brexit policy
12.14pm update: PM continues his attack on Labour
Boris asked: “What kind of signal does it send to the public about the robustness of the Labour party – that’s not new leadership, that’s no leadership and we are taking the tough decisions that are neccessary.”
12.13pm update: Boris accuses Keir of flip flopping
The PM said: “The problem is alas the disease continues to spread.
“What we are doing is a combination of national and local measures which one week he comes to the house and supports and next week he mysteriously decides to whisk away.
“And he cannot even be bothered to mobilise his own benches to support something as fundamental as the rule of six, which he said he supported.
“He cannot continue to have it both ways. Does he support the rule of six – yes or no?
12.11pm update: Sir Keir presses Boris on restrictions across the UK
The Labour leader asks if there is a “scientific” reason to the 10pm.
The Commons will take a vote on the rule next Monday.
Boris Johnson launched an attack on Keir Starmer
12.06pm update: Sir Keir’s outburst sparks jeers in the Commons
Sir Keir said: “Thousands of people have been walking away when they should have been self-isolating!
“It’s quite literally government in hindsight.”
The remark sparked jeers in the House of Commons.
The Labour leader quizzed Boris Johnson over local restrictions.
But the PM hit back telling the Commons: “We contine to provide support, £5 billion support to the North West and North East due to the extra restrictions they are experencing.
“We will continue to support all areas that have to go in to local measures
“Two weeks ago I set out that strategy, I said we would go forward with those national measures and two weeks ago he went on the Nick Ferrari show and said he supported the rule of six but last night the Labour Party abstained from the rule of six.”
He added: “I wish I could pretend everything is going to be rosy in the midlands and London where we are seeing infections rise that’s why we need a concerted national effort
“I think it’s quite extraordinary that the Honourable Gentlemen says he supports the rule of six, while allowing his entire party to abstain.”
Keir Starmer pressed Boris Johnson on the coronavirus crisis
12.04pm update: Sir Keir continues his attack over missing data
The Labour leader pointed out the problems with the missing coronavirus data.
Sir Keir asked why it took so long to fix the error.
The PM said: “You cant have it both ways, you can’t say it is a human error and then a basic excel error.
“The crucial thing, is of course there has been an error, but the cases we are looking at don’t change the basic distribition of the disease.”
Ian Blackford quizzed the PM over Universal Credit
12.02pm update: Boris quizzed over missing tests
The Labour Party leader quizzed the Prime Minister over missing data.
Sir Keir said: “This is a crucial moment. Does the Prime Minister accept this very basic mistake has put lives at stake?
But Boris replied: “This is a problem we have fixed, all the 16,000 have in fact for their rest results and should be self isolating. As soon as we became aware, we bought in 800 poeple to chase up those index cases and we continue to chase their contacts.”
12.01pm update: Boris vows to get on with Brexit
The PM was asked to confirm if he will ensure the result of the EU referendum was implemented in full.
Boris said to cheers in the Commons: “This country has not only left the EU and in January we will take full back control of our money , borders and laws.”