The Prime Minister got his claws out in the Commons during the Queen’s Speech debate today, joking about Keir Starmer’s recent U-turn, which saw him sack Angela Rayner but then give her a major promotion after a tense weekend of rancorous reshuffling. 

The catfight in full:

“My honourable friend, the member for South Ripple, a palaeontologist, a biologist and a former safari guide knows that in any pride of lions, Mr Speaker, it is the male who tends to occupy the position of titular, of nominal authority while the most dangerous beast, the prize hunter of the pack is in fact, the lioness.

“A point that I am sure the right honourable gentleman bears in mind as he contemplates his friend the right honourable member for Ashton-under-Lyne, the shadow first Secretary of State, the shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and shadow Secretary of State for the future of work. Though the more titles he feeds her, Mr Speaker, the hungrier I fear she is likely to become.”

The lioness then took to her Twitter cave to roar out: “The only title I’m hungry for @BorisJohnson, is Deputy Prime Minister.” 

Just another day in the Westminster Zoo.