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February 23, 2022

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Prime Ministers Questions 

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PMQs – PMQs Ends, dirty Russian money in UK 

PMQs Ends

And that’s it. PMQs has ended for the week -the general tone of this week’s PMQs was more agreement with both sides rather than anything else. The big takeaway is the news that Ofcom is looking into banning Russia Today channel. 

Labour asked for tougher sanctions, the PM says a full package of sanctions are ready if there is an invasion. The government keeps pushing the line that the current sanctions the govt have put out are tough sanctions. 

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SNP says UK failed to tackle Russia corruption 

Leader of SNP accused UK govt of not doing enough to tackle dirty Russian money coming into UK. He said under Tory governments “a sewer of dirty Russian money flowing into the country”. He went on to accuse the Tories of raining £2.3 million from “Russian oligarchs” and asked the PM if the money will be returned. 

The PM said the Tories “do not raise money from Russian oligarchs.” 

 

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PMQs – No evidence Russia interference in UK elections says PM

Russia Today Banned? 

In breaking news the PM suggests Ofcom is looking into banning Russia Today – the Kremlin-backed TV channel. This had no been previously mentioned in the sanctions reveal and has come as quite a shock. 

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Boris says UK doing the most to root out dirty money 

Keir Starmer says PM must work across the Commons “to ensure the end of the era of oligarch impunity”, saying UK can no longer be home for their loot. 

“No government could be doing more to root out corrupt money,” PM replies. He adds that he’s proud of what the govt has already achieved on this front and he’s grateful for the support from Starmer. 

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PM says there is no evidence of the Russian interference in our elections after MP Caroline Lucas criticised the PM for a comment he made in 2017 – when the PM said there was no evidence of successful Russian interference in UK elections. 

PM says he will repeat what he said previously – there’s no evidence of successful Russian interference in UK elections. 

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