Why are you still here? – Starmer
Labour leader says the only mandate the PM has ever had was built on fantasy economics and ended in disaster.
He says the country has nothing to show for it except the destruction of the economy and the imposition of the Tory party.
Starmer then mentions Monday’s mini-Budget being ditched. “Her chancellor is gone as well, so why is she still here?” Starmer asks.
Why should Brits trust Tories with economy?
Starmer says Truss is the one now asking questions because Labour are the government-in-waiting whilst the Tories are the opposition-in-waiting.
He says the PM shouldn’t have conducted an experiment on the British public with her economic plans.
“Why should the British people trust the Tories with the economy?” he asks.
Truss responds by saying Starmer isn’t condemning any of her new policies announced by the new chancellor. She criticises Starmer for not dealing with unions.
Spending cuts on the table because Tories crashed the economy – Starmer
PM says government spending will go up next year and the year after, but they need to get value for taxpayers’ money.
Starmer says spending cuts are only on the table because the Conservatives “crashed the economy” and working people will have to pay £500 more per month on mortgages.
“The fact is interest rates are rising across the world, and the economic conditions have worsened. We are being honest, we are levelling with the public,” Truss says.
On the train strikes, she says: “We are bringing forward policies that are going to make sure our railways are protected.
“He backs the strikers, we back the strivers.”
How can you be held to account when you’re not in charge – Starmer
Starmer says during the last PMQs the PM ignored every question put to her and criticised Labour’s plan to put a six-month freeze on energy bills, but says the new chancellor has now made it her policy.
He asks: “How can she be held to account when not in charge?”
Truss responds to Starmer’s second question.
“I had to take the decision because of the economic situation to adjust our policies,” she says.
“I am somebody who is prepared to front up, I’m prepared to take the tough decisions, unlike the honourable gentleman,” she says, adding “he’s got no plan.”
Starmer hits back by saying the PM promised “absolutely no spending reductions” and Tory MPs cheered it, pointing out the new Chancellor has now said there will be cuts to government budgets.
He asks: “What is the point of a prime minister whose promises don’t last a week?”
Will you be gone by Christmas? – Starmer
Starmer says a book is being written about Liz Truss’s time in office – saying that it’s due out by Christmas.
He asks whether that is the book’s release date or when she will be gone by?
The PM responds by saying she’s been in office for under two months and has delivered the energy price guarantee, reversed the National Insurance hike and her government is going to “crack down on militant unions.”
And so it begins ….
Truss is on her feet in the Commons. The first question from Labour’s Justin Madders.
He asks why Kwasi Kwarteng lost his job over the mini-Budget disaster but she got to keep hers. He also asks why she didn’t go to the Commons on Monday to apologise.
She responds by saying she is sorry and admits she has made mistakes and is getting on with the job.
She’s heckled with calls for her to resign.