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Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: May I start by welcoming reports this week of significant progress in the vaccine trials in Oxford? We all know that there is a long way to go, but I want to record my thanks and admiration for everyone involved in this huge effort. Under my leadership, national security will also be the top priority for Labour, so I want to ask the Prime Minister about the extremely serious report by the...

Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: I stood up and condemned what happened in Salisbury, and I supported the then Prime Minister on record. I would ask the Prime Minister to check the record and withdraw that—I was very, very clear. The report was very clear that until recently the Government badly underestimated the Russian threat and the response that it required. They are still playing catch-up. The Government have taken...

Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: I was absolutely clear in condemning what happened in Salisbury, not least because I was involved in bringing proceedings against Russia on behalf of the Litvinenko family—that is why I was so strong about it. I spent five years as Director of Public Prosecutions, working on live operations with the security and intelligence services, so I am not going to take lectures from the Prime...

Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: The Prime Minister says that he will introduce new legislation. I want to make it clear to him that we will support that legislation and work with the Government. It is not before time. The Prime Minister says that the Government are vigilant. Eighteen months ago, the then Home Secretary said that we did not have all the powers yet to tackle the Russian threat. He said that the Official...

Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: I see the Prime Minister is already on his pre-prepared lines. This is a serious question of national security. He sat on this report for 10 months and failed to plug a gap in our law on national security for a year and a half. One of the starkest conclusions in the report is that the “UK is clearly a target for Russia’s disinformation campaigns”. The report also highlights that this is...

Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: There is a serious gap in our Official Secrets Act, laying bare for 18 months, and that is all the Prime Minister has to say about it. One way the Government could seek to clamp down on Russian influence is to prevent the spread of Kremlin-backed disinformation. Obviously, social media companies have a big role to play, but the report also highlights “serious distortions in the coverage...

Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: Pre-prepared gags on flip-flops. This is the former columnist who wrote two versions of every article ever published! In case the Prime Minister has not noticed, the Labour party is under new management. No Front Bencher of this party has appeared on Russia Today since I have been leading this party. Finally, I want to ask the Prime Minister about the appalling persecution of the Uyghur...

Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: Over the past few months, we have supported many of the economic measures announced by the Government, but the decision last week not to provide sector-specific support to those most at risk could end up costing thousands of jobs. One of the sectors, aviation, has already seen huge redundancies: BA has announced 12,000 redundancies; Virgin 3,000; and easyJet 1,900. If the Government’s...

Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: This is just such rhetorical nonsense. It is perfectly proper and right for the Opposition to set out the parts of the package that we support the Government on and to highlight where there are problems. The problem with the Prime Minister’s dismissal of this is that, since the Chancellor set this out last week, around 10,000 people have lost their jobs. The Prime Minister should focus on...

Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: The Prime Minister knows exactly what I am talking about: it is the rehiring of 30,000 people at BA on worse terms and conditions, and he should call it out. Yesterday, the Government’s expert advisory group published a report on the challenges this autumn and winter. It was asked to do so by the Government Office for Science. The report assessed the reasonable worst-case scenario for this...

Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: That is the whole point of this report, which sets out the reasonable worst-case scenario and tells the Government what they need to do about it, so I am surprised that the Prime Minister is not committing to fully implementing it. It is vital that the Government learn the lessons from the mistakes that have been made and act now to save lives for the future. One of the key recommendations in...

Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: The problem with the Prime Minister quoting the 70% of people who are contacted and asked to self-isolate is that that has gone down. It was 90% just a few weeks ago and every week it has gone down, so I would not quote the latest figure, looking at the trend. But I have to ask, in the light of the last few questions: has the Prime Minister actually read this report that sets out the...

Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: It is perfectly possible to support track and trace and to point out the problems. Standing up every week saying, “It’s a stunning success” is kidding no one. That is not giving people confidence in the system. They would like a Prime Minister who stands up and says, “There are problems and this is what I am going to do about them,” not this rhetoric about “stunning success”...

Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: On Monday, when asked why care home deaths had been so high, the Prime Minister said that “too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures in the way that they could have.” That has caused huge offence to frontline care workers. It has now been 48 hours. Will the Prime Minister apologise to care workers?

Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: That is not an apology, and it just will not wash. The Prime Minister said that “too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures in the way that they could have”. It was clear what he was saying. The Prime Minister must understand just how raw this is for many people on the frontline and for those who have lost loved ones. I quote Mark Adams, who runs a social care charity, who...

Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: By refusing to apologise, the Prime Minister rubs salt into the wounds of the very people that he stood at his front door and clapped. The Prime Minister and the Health Secretary must be the only people left in the country who think that they put a “protective ring” around care homes. Those on the frontline know that that was not the case. I quote one care home manager from ITN News...

Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: I am glad to hear it. I gently point out that his Government have been in power for 10 years, with no plan and no White Paper. Of course we will join in plans for reforming social care, but 10 years have been wasted. The reality is that more than 19,000 care home residents have died from covid-19. It is a far higher number when we include excess deaths. Overall, around one in 20 care home...

Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: The Prime Minister continues to insult those on the frontline by not taking these issues seriously. The Prime Minister must recognise that huge mistakes have been made. Two months ago at PMQs I highlighted the weakness of the early guidance on care homes. The Prime Minister, typically flippant, simply said it was “not true”. There were repeated warnings from the care sector and repeated...

Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: Finally, to add further insult to injury, there are reports this morning that the Government are to remove free hospital parking for NHS workers in England. The Prime Minister will know that this could cost hundreds of pounds a month for our nurses, our doctors, our carers and our support staff. We owe our NHS workers so much. We all clap for them; we should be rewarding them, not making it...

Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Jul 2020)

Keir Starmer: May I, too, celebrate the birthday of the NHS, as we all will this Sunday, particularly at this time? At the daily press conference on 18 June, the Health Secretary said, “There’s an outbreak of covid-19 right now in parts of Leicester”, yet it was only on Monday evening this week that the Government introduced restrictions. That is a delay of 11 days, during which the virus was...


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