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Sir Keir Starmer pounced on Boris Johnson as being “too weak to lead” in the final Prime Minister’s Questions of the year.
The Labour leader’s criticism comes after the Prime Minister suffered the largest mutiny of his premiership after 100 Tory backbenchers rebelled against his Plan B Omicron measures.
“So weak is his leadership, his own and MPs were wrong to vote against basic public health measures,” he said.
He added that the public should have a leader with “trust and authority to lead us through the pandemic, but instead we are burdened with the worst possible Prime Minister at the worst possible time”.
Morale inside Number 10 is at an all time low as scandals and doubts on policy delivery have added worries about the PM’s competence.
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But jeers against Starmer and cheers for the PM inside the Chamber were rife – which did not impress Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle who brought out his inner teacher, telling members off for shouting.
Johnson said that last night’s motion could not have passed without Conservative votes and that the public “can see the Government is getting on with delivering on their priorities”.
He accused Starmer of “partisan trivia” over continued allegations into illicit parties held by aides last year and instead urged people to come forward for their third coronavirus vaccine.
Given the torrid time his administration has had in recent weeks, today’s PMQs was the booster shot Boris Johnson needed to go into the new year. He ended his encounter with the Starmer by saying: “They vacillate, we vaccinate. They jabber, we jab. They play party politics and we get on with the job.”