UK Politics Live: Speaker voices concern for parliament’s reputation as he berates Johnson for Starmer’s smear | Politics
Hello. Boris Johnson reminded Tory MPs last night that Covid nearly killed him, but his own conduct led to him having a series of near-death political experiences and he had another yesterday. At the end of the day he was in a better position than he was at the end of his statement to MPs – he belatedly promised that Sue Gray’s full report would eventually be published one day, having refused to take that engagement earlier, and his speech to Tory MPs at a private meeting in the evening went much better than his prideful, tone-deaf performance in the Commons – but nothing was resolved. Once again, Westminster is awaiting the full Gray report before knowing how this scandal will end.
Here is our overnight story, by Rowena Mason and Jessica Elgoton yesterday’s drama in the Commons.
Dominique Raabthe Deputy Prime Minister, and Keir Starmer, the Labor leader, both gave interviews this morning. Starmer’s comments are in line with his much-loved speech shaming Johnson in the Commons yesterday, and he reiterated his call for the Prime Minister’s resignation. Above all, Raab urged viewers and listeners to await the conclusion of the partygate police investigation.
Corn Raab, who is justice secretary and deputy prime minister, found himself unable to repeat or justify any of Johnson’s slander in the Commons yesterday. In response to Starmer, Johnson said the Labor leader was ‘a former director of public prosecutions – although he spent most of his time prosecuting journalists and not prosecuting Jimmy Savile, as far as I know’ . As this Reuters fact check explains, the claim that Starmer was to blame for Savile not being prosecuted is false.
On the Today show, Raab described the remark as part of “cutting and pushing parliamentary debates and exchanges.” But he admitted he wasn’t ready to repeat the remark himself, and added: “I don’t have the facts to back this up.”
When asked if Johnson had the facts to back up his claim, Raab said that was up to the prime minister to say.
I’ll be posting more about Raab and Starmer’s interviews soon.
Here is the program for the day.
Morning: Boris Johnson chairs the cabinet.
11:30 a.m.: Downing Street holds a lobby briefing.
11:30 a.m.: Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, answers questions in the Commons.
After 12:30 p.m.: MPs begin a debate on a Labor motion criticizing the Government for reversing £4.3billion lost to Covid fraud.
Afternoon: Johnson is in Kyiv for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The two leaders are expected to hold a press conference.
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