Boris Johnson PMQ today: Raab and Rayner prepare for MP battle
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Dominic Raab and Angela Rayner are set to face off at Prime Minister’s Questions in a battle of MPs.
Mr. Raab, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, replaces Boris Johnson who is at the NATO summit in Madrid.
Ms Rayner, deputy leader of the Labor Party, replaces leader Keir Starmer who gave responsibility to the MP for Ashton-Under-Lyne.
Elsewhere, Boris Johnson is facing calls to boost UK defense spending, as a senior Tory has warned that current world events echo the build-up to World War Two.
Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Commons Defense Committee, said Britain’s armed forces were “overwhelmed” trying to cope with the challenges of a world that now had a “1930s vibe”.
Labor also called on the government to act. Shadow Housing Minister Lisa Nandy said the party had been “warning the government for some time that there was a problem” with military funding.
‘How much more?’
Rayner uses his next question to address Raab on the government’s record on poverty and food banks
“How many more workers will be pushed into poverty by his prime minister before he says enough is enough?”
Raab deflects the issue by attacking the Labor position on the rail strikes.
He says that if the party wants to help workers, it must condemn strikes in no uncertain terms.
Matt MatherJune 29, 2022 12:27 p.m.
“Return to Year Zero”
Raab reiterates his promise to cut taxes before the next general election.
He says the government has a plan for a “high-wage, high-skills” economy.
“With Labour, it’s back to year zero,” he said.
Matt MatherJune 29, 2022 12:22 p.m.
When is “enough enough?”
Rayner says she’s “savoring” the upcoming general election to see what “voters think.”
She presses Raab again on taxes, pointing out that the deputy prime minister once said the UK’s tax burden was hurting the economy.
How much will the taxes be before Raab says enough is enough, she asks him.
Matt MatherJune 29, 2022 12:20 p.m.
“And the Labor Party? »
Raab dodges the question slightly, referring instead to youth unemployment figures.
He points out that the Chancellor has pledged to cut taxes ahead of the next election and says the recent changes to NI dues are a tax cut.
“What about the Labor Party?” Raab asks, asking Rayner about his leader’s plan for government.
He quotes Tony Blair who said there is a “gaping hole” in Labour’s political offer to the electorate?
Matt MatherJune 29, 2022 12:16 p.m.
“How many more tax hikes will he inflict on working families?”
Rayner says she wants the Leader of the Opposition to be Prime Minister.
“To be honest, Mr. President, it can’t come fast enough,” she said.
She adds that Britain “cannot stand” this Prime Minister for another eight years.
Rayner ends by moving on to fiscal policy.
If the Prime Minister continues until then, “how many more tax hikes will he inflict on working families?”
Matt MatherJune 29, 2022 12:12
“Focused on delivery”
Raab responds by saying that her side wants the prime minister to last much longer than she wants her leader to go on.
The Deputy Prime Minister stresses that the government has a working majority of 75 and is “focused on delivering for the British people”.
He cites “record” employment figures which he says would not have happened if the government had listened to Labor on Covid.
Did Raab train too much for this session? He seems to have a hoarse throat.
Matt MatherJune 29, 2022 12:08
Rayner uses his first question to attack the government over its recent by-election defeats.
She mocks the Prime Minister’s comments that he will continue until the 2030s.
She asks Raab: Will the cabinet support him until then?
Matt MatherJune 29, 2022 12:04
Rayner and Raab are set to face off in PMQ – stay tuned for live updates.
The deputy leader of the Labor Party says she is ready for her counterpart:
Matt MatherJune 29, 2022 12:02
David Lammy apologizes for condemning British Airways strike and admits he got the facts wrong
David Lammy has apologized for condemning a strike by British Airways check-in staff as unjustified – admitting he got the facts wrong.
Our Deputy Political Editor Rob Merrick reports:
Matt MatherJune 29, 2022 11:50 am
International Trade Secretary pulls out of Commons grills by MPs
The International Trade Secretary withdrew from a select committee appearance on Wednesday morning to prepare an announcement on steel tariffs, a spokesperson said.
The Department for International Trade spokesperson said: “The Secretary for International Trade is finalizing a finely balanced decision on safeguarding steel by June 30. This is a matter of of national strategic importance and she had to ensure she was able to scrutinize the department’s final advice before briefing Parliament today.
“She briefed the chairman of the International Trade Committee last night, apologized for having to cancel and immediately offered another two-hour slot next week. We are awaiting the committee’s response.
“We have made enhanced commitments to scrutiny and transparency at every stage of the UK-Australia FTA negotiations. This includes ministers appearing before the ITC and giving Parliament more than six months to review the legal text, in addition to the 21-day period provided by us in triggering the process of constitutional reform and governance law.”
Matt MatherJune 29, 2022 11:35 am