PMQs today - PM to face MPs again this week, Partygate is expected to be top of the agenda as well as the Ukraine war.

April 20, 2022

11:39 am

Prime Ministers Questions 

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PMQs today – When will PM resign? 

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Labour’s Rupa Huq asks PM if he agrees with what he said in a Telegraph article in 2011 about how leaders who have been in power for too long are only interested in self-preservation. 

PM says he is glad Labour’s Huq is a Telegraph reader and suggests she reads the article to the end. 

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‘Make the most of Brexit freedoms’? 

Tory David Evennett says the Tories were elected to make the most of Brexit freedoms including cracking down on people smuggling. Does the PM agree Rwanda plan will do just that? 

PM says plan originally suggested by David Blunkett. He repeats the point about Labour being “Corbynistas in suits”.

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PM says ‘a lot of people’ made money improperly during pandemic 

Labour’s Nick Smith asks if he still believes there was no profiteering during Covid pandemic. 

PM says “a lot of people” made money during pandemic “in a way that perhaps they shouldn’t have done”. He says the government deplores that, and is trying to recoup the money.

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Tory Robert Buckland reads out a message from a Ukrainian about the impact of the invasion. What will the govt do to ensure Putin is bought to justice? 

PM says the savagery unleashed by the Russians “knows no limits” and “is clearly authorised from the very top.” 

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Liz Twist (Lab) asks Johnson when he will resign.

Johnson says apologises for the fine. But he is focusing on delivering for the British people.

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Partygate pictures to be published? 

Labour’s Ruth Jones asks if the PM will publish pictures of Partygate events that were taken by the official photographer and will he publish the Sue Gray report asap? 

PM says the Sue Gray report will be published after the police investigation is wrapped up. 

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Labour’s James Murray asks PM if he agrees it would be wrong for Sunak or other ministers to benefit from investment in tax havens. 

PM says the govt is cutting taxes for everybody. – (taxes are actually going up for everybody). 

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Justin Madders (Labour) asks how many members of the government have been involved in a tax avoidance scheme.

PM says the government believes in reducing taxes.

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Will PM support a bill banning politicians from lying 

Liz Saville Roberts (the Plaid Cymru leader at Westminster) says her party have been calling for a bill to ban politicians from lying for 15 years. Will PM support the bill? 

PM says the Commons rules demand ministers tell the truth in Commons. 

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Ian Blackford SNP – ‘Offer the Queen your resignation for her birthday’ 

Blackford says 82 per cent of Scots think PM lied to parliament about Partygate – are they right?

PM says they debated this yesterday. 

Blackford says PM should offer resignation to Queen for her birthday. He says PM can’t be trusted with the truth and Sunak can’t be trusted with his taxes. 

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PM denies criticising BBC coverage on Ukraine in private Tory meeting 

Starmer says PM apologises in public but then launches an attack on people who tell the truth in private. He says PM claims to be a patriot but “deliberately attacks and degrades the institutions of our great country”.

PM says Starmer is wrong and he did not attack the BBC for its Ukraine coverage and Starmer  “must be out of his tiny mind” if he thinks Johnson would do so.

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