PMQs: Rish Sunak and Keir Starmer clash | Politics | News

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Order, order. Business has thankfully returned to normal in the House of Commons.

After the shameless and chaotic scenes of last week’s Gaza vote, Prime Minister’s Questions was back on familiar territory.

Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer slagged each other off a lot, Tory MPs were loud, very loud and Ed Davey was nowhere to be seen.

PMQs was, in fact, more about politicians who weren’t in the chamber, rather than those inside it.

Liz Truss, Nigel Farage, Jeremy Cortbyn and George Galloway all got a mention.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle must have been pleased as he was largely redundant in the Speakers chair.

Redundant is something the 91 MPs who have signed a motion calling for him to quit would like to make a permanent feature.

Anyhow, the Labour leader chose to grill Rishi Sunak on former PM Liz Truss’s recent appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in America, accusing her of “slagging off and undermining Britain at every opportunity” to sell her new book.

At that moment someone pressed the smile button located somewhere in shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves back.

The rictus grin lasted for three seconds before her leader ranted that Ms Truss stayed silent as the “right wing thug” Tommy Robinson was described as a “hero”.

Mr Sunak ripped back: “If he wants to talk about former leaders and predecessors, the whole country knows his record!”

“He sat there while antisemitism ran rife in his party. And not once but not twice backed a man [Corbyn] who called Hamas friends.”

It was almost like a game of whose predecessor was worse.

Starmer kept coming for more and the Prime Minister kept returning with venom, branding the Labour leader “spineless, hopeless and utterly shameless”.

Suspended Lee Anderson, who was sat amongst Tory friends, seemed to rather enjoy it. So did the rest of the Conservative backbenchers who bayed for “more”.

After the two leaders had finished their vitriolic mudslinging everyone appeared to be on best behaviour.

Even tartan gunslinger Stephen Flynn ditched the blood and thunder from last week, surgically, but no less powerfully, challenging the Prime Minister on the situation in Gaza.

Questions then consisted of mainly constituency issues – dentistry, energy bills and Wales got a few mentions too.

Speaking of which, Plaid Cymru rather hopefully asked the PM if he would agree, along with other party’s, to fight an “honest” general election.

Titters of laughter could be heard around the chamber.

Roll on next week when a new MP, most likely George Galloway, will be in the chamber.

That should quieten things down a bit.

 

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