Prime Minister’s questions, LIVE: Updates as May faces the Commons
Prime Minister’s questions, LIVE: Latest updates as Theresa May faces the Commons
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Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are set to go head-to-head for Prime Minister’s Questions at noon today.
The Prime Minister is expected to be grilled regarding her time as Home Secretary after damning revaluations have emerged as part of the ongoing Windrush scandal.
The newly appointed Home Secretary Sajid Javid admitted more than 60 people may have been wrongly deported from the UK during a Commons committee meeting.
Jeremy Corbyn could use some of his six questions to Mrs May to focus on the scandal, or he could turn his attention to quiz the Conservative leader on the escalating violence between Israel and Palestine following President Trump’s controversial decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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The BBC presenter gives a quick snapshot of PMQ’s.
Sainsbury’s boss ‘In The Money’ gaffe lands him in hot water in the Commons
Labour’s Siobhan McDonagh has raised the prospect that one of her consituents, who has worked at Sainsbury’s for the past 30 years, is facing a £2,000 pay-cut in 2020 due to the proposed merger with Asda.
She also mention’s Sainsbury’s chief exectuive Mike Coupe singing ‘In The Money’ during her question. Theresa May said she is willing to discuss the issue further but said it was a commercial decision.
Theresa May promises to look at the consequences of reducing the number of MPs following a question from DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds.
She said she wants to see devolved government reinstated in Northern Ireland
Tory MP Giles Watling asks whether it is possible to ‘hold newspapers feet to the fire’ following last week’s failed vote to continue the Leveson inquiry.
Mrs May says ‘of course we expect high standards from the press’ and adds ‘their freedom is an important part of our democracy’.
The Prime Minister confirmed she had talked to a number of African Commonwealth countries at the Commonwealth heads of state meeting earlier this year about post-Brexit trade deals.
‘We have more nurses and more doctors than we had when we came into government.’
Conservative MP Bob Blackman asks what Mrs May is doing to ensure rehousing of Grenfell victims and what she had to done ensure flammable cladding was no longer on buildings in the UK.
She says 210 Grenfell Tower familes were in need of temporary of permant housing and that 201 had accepted offers.
She goes on to add the Government would pay for the removal of all flammable cladding on council buildings at an estimated cost of £400 million.
Labour’s Stephen Kinnock cites figures which show a slump in foreign direct investment into the British economy.
He asks whether Mrs May will keep an ‘open mind’ in keeping the UK in EFTA and EEA.
The SNP’s leader in Westminster cites the Scottish Parliament’s vote yesterday to reject the Withdrawal Bill.
He said: ‘The Tories are looking to VETO the will of the Scottish parliament.’
He calls for Mrs May to agree to not enacting the Withdrawal bill without the approval of the Scottish parliament.
Corbyn on the attack again, saying the government is not prepared to handle Brexit negotiations.
He calls on Mrs May to stand down so Labour can carry out the negotations.
Theresa May fires back, saying British businesses are booming. She cites record employment and increased wages.
She said: ‘They are creating more jobs in this country so we now have record levels of employment.
‘What did we see under Labour? Half a million more people unemployed.’
Corbyn cites Rolls Royce, Ford and Vauxhall as companies that are ‘frustrated by this government’.
He urged the Prime Minister to outline her Brexit strategy to ease uncertainty over the UK’s future position.
Corbyn finishes: ‘If she can’t convince her own strategy, how will she convince 27 other countries?’
The Labour leader uses his opening question to quiz Mrs May about whether she was talking about leaving the EU or Cabinet meetings when she said she wanted ‘as little friction as possible’.
She also praises Prince Harry’s work in the field of mental health field in national mental health awareness week during her opening statement.
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