PMQs Live – ‘Vote Labour next week’ – Starmer 

PMQs Live - ‘Vote Labour next week’ - Starmer

PMQs Live – ‘Vote Labour next week’ – Starmer 

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Jim Shannon (DUP) says the Northern Ireland protocol is affecting the availability of Covid tests in Northern Ireland.

Johnson says there is an economic cost to the protocol, which is turning into a political problem. He says the government must rectify that before it undermines the Good Friday agreement.

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Caroline Lucas (Green) says 56 MPs are being investigated for sexual misconduct, including three ministers. Is sexual misconduct grounds for removal under the ministerial code?

PM Johnson says of course sexual harassment is grounds for dismissal.

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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, the DUP leader, says the cost of moving goods from Britain to Northern Ireland has gone up by 27% under the Northern Ireland protocol. Will it be removed?

PM says the government wants to support the Good Friday agreement.

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SNP Ian Blackford – ‘Kids depending on food parcels’ 

Blackford asks about the number of kids depending on food parcels. He says the PM should match the child payment administered by the Scottish government. 

PM says the govt is taking steps to help families. 

Blackford says other measures that might help with the cost of living would include abandoning the national insurance hike and increasing benefits. 

PM says the universal credit taper has been reduced, helping poorer families. And he would not bet on Blackford staying in his post longer than he stays in his. 

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Cost of living crisis plan

Starmer says vote for Labour next week as a vote will make things better not worse for working people. 

PM says Starmer is “doomed to be a permanent spectator”. He says he has a plan for the NHS and social care, for immigration, for the economy.

He says Labour does not have plans for these things and criticises Labour councils that went bankrupt.

He claims the Labour party left the UK bankrupt in 2010. 

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Starmer says PM’s cost of living crisis plan is cutting MOT tests. It makes the cones hotline [a much-mocked John Major initiative] sound visionary and inspirational,” he says.

PM repeats the govt is supporting people and says they will build a nuclear power plant every year. 

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