October 19, 2022
Prime Ministers Questions
Quick recap on key moments at PMQs?
This week’s Prime Minister’s Questions was, as expected, a fiery face-off between the embattled PM and Keir Starmer. Many interesting points have emerged from this week’s PMQs, including ANOTHER U-turn.
There was heckles for her to “resign” and many MPs asked why she hadn’t quit. Starmer and Ian Blackford made digs about chancellor Jeremy Hunt being the real prime minister.
- PM said she was “completely committed” to raising pension in line with inflation (the triple lock policy). It feels like a U-turn on a U-turn after her new chancellor on Monday said the government could not commit to it
- Truss did not make the same promise to raise benefits in line with inflation when asked by a Tory MP
- “I’m a fighter, not a quitter” – PM said after Starmer read out a list of all the PM’s abandoned economic policies
- Starmer said Truss had “crashed” the economy and pointed out her previous promise of “no spending reductions” – the chancellor now says there will be cuts. In response, Truss said spending would rise, but the government needed to get value for taxpayers’ money
- PM apologised for her mistakes and the many U-turns
PMQs LIVE – ‘I’m a fighter not a quitter’ says Truss
Lib Dems Ed Davey
Lib Dem leader Ed Davey asks if support including the Carers’ Allowance will rise at least in line with inflation.
Truss says her government introduced the energy price guarantee.
“We will always support the most vulnerable, they will always be our priority,” she finishes.
SNP’s Ian Blackford says it’s “not just pensioners feeling pain” listing increases in inflation, mortgage rates and energy bills.
SNPs Ian Blackford
“Why does she expect anyone else to pay the price for her failure?”
Truss responds by saying Blackford cannot take yes for an answer and says she has been clear in protecting the triple lock on pensions.
She then criticised Blackford accusing him of trying to create divisions with indyref2.
Truss commits to inflation-linked pensions increase
Asked about increasing pensions in line with inflation, Truss says: “I am completely committed to the triple lock and so is the chancellor”.
I’m a fighter not a quitter – Truss
The PM says “I am a fighter and not a quitter”.
“I have acted in the national interest to make sure that we have economic stability.”