PMQs: Boris Johnson takes Corbyn swipe at Starmer
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Labour’s Keir Starmer attempted to rattle the Prime Minister across the dispatch box by listing comments made about Boris Johnson by some of his own Conservative MPs. One such Tory was reported to have described the Prime Minister as a “conservative Corbyn.” Sir Keir’s attempt to attack Mr Johnson over the comparison was quickly knocked back by the Prime Minister who reminded MPs who had campaigned on multiple occasions to make the Islington North MP Britain’s next leader.
The Labour leader told the Prime Minister: “My personal favourite is this: this is a document circulated by his backbench, in which they call him the ‘Conservative Corbyn’. Prime Minister, I don’t think that was intended as a compliment.
“Week after week he stands there and spouts the same nonsense – the economy is booming, everything is going swimmingly, the people should be grateful. But whilst he’s telling Britain that we’ve never had it so good, millions of working people and businesses know the reality.”
Mr Johnson told MPs: “A couple of quick points about Mr Corbyn, the right honourable gentleman for Islington North and first of all, [Keir Starmer] tried repeatedly to get him elected as Prime Minister!
“Speaking from experience, he’s relatively dynamic by comparison over the Right Honourable gentleman.”
The Labour leader asked: “When did screwing business turn from a flippant comment into economic policy?”
He said: “He’s not just denying how bad things are, he’s actively making things worse. His 15 tax rises are throttling growth, and the director of the CBI is so fed up he’s reduced to saying ‘can we stop operation save big dog, and move to action stations on the economy’.
“We know what the Prime Minister says about British business in private. I think that’s pretty unparliamentary. But when did screwing business turn from a flippant comment into economic policy?”
The Prime Minister said there has been “massive investment” coming into the country “helped by the way by a 130% super deduction for business investment”.
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