Johnson accused of misrepresenting labor policies at PMQ – and his own

Boris Johnson has been accused of making multiple misrepresentations during the prime minister’s questions on Wednesday.

Abour said the Prime Minister had misrepresented not only the opposition’s stand on many issues, but also his own.

Here are the controversial statements Mr Johnson made during the session.

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Boris Johnson speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons (House of Commons / PA)

– inflation

Mr Johnson did not take the opportunity to correct his comments on inflation when challenged to do so by Labor Deputy Leader Angela Renner.

Ms Rainer said in an order that she was sure the prime minister did not want to mislead lawmakers and sought to correct the record, after refusing to say in an interview in October that fears about inflation were unfounded. said.

But he didn’t reply.

Ms Rainer, who stood in for Sir Keir Starmer after the Labor leader tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, said: “In October the prime minister said fears about inflation were unfounded, but those working across the country People are facing new year. Rising bills and rising prices, so how did they get it so wrong?”

Mr Johnson replied: “Of course I didn’t say anything like that because inflation is always something we have to be careful about.”

But Sky News journalist Beth Rigby then tweeted a clip of the interview, in which Mr Johnson said: “People have been worrying about inflation for a very long time, I’m seeing strong economic growth, and those fears by the way.” are baseless”.

Downing Street later refused to correct Mr Johnson’s words.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Obviously we are well aware of the pressures that can lead to inflation. The interview you are talking about pertains to October, it was not a prediction of what happens next. could.”

Labor calls for lockdown in response to Omicron

The prime minister told Commons Labor that the “road map for lockdown” was called for after the emergence of the Omicron version of the coronavirus.

The prime minister’s press secretary said: “They were calling for stricter measures and a road map into the lockdown, so that’s all he was talking about.”

But Labour’s shadow health secretary Wes Streeting said: “At no time has Labor called for a new lockdown at Christmas or New Year’s. We supported Plan B measures – without us they would not have passed – and have urged the government to do more on sick pay, school ventilation and testing. ,

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Labor’s shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting (Stephen Russo/PA)

– Workers will join the European Union again

Mr Johnson said Labor aimed to rejoin the EU.

But in an interview with The Daily Telegraph in March, Sir Keir said: “We are gone. We are no longer a member of the European Union. We have a deal, we have to make that deal work.”

“There is no case to rejoin the EU and I am very clear about that. The Riemann-Leive debate is over.”

A Labor spokesman said: “We have seen the prime minister’s questions from the prime minister repeatedly, misrepresenting factual errors about the state of labor and his own position today.”

– hot home discount

After Labor’s call to cut VAT on energy bills, Mr Johnson referred Rainer to a warm home discount.

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Labor Deputy Leader Angela Renner speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons (House of Commons / PA)

He said it “supports 2.2 million people at £140 a week”.

The Warm Home discount is worth £140 per winter.

– poverty reduction

Responding to a question from Ian Blackford, Westminster leader of the Scottish National Party, Mr Johnson said: “If we look at the statistics, we see that this country has low economic inequality. Income inequality is low and poverty is low.”

There is no universally accepted recognition of poverty, but the two most commonly used measures are absolute poverty – less than 60% of median income for 2010/11, adjusted for inflation – and relative poverty – 60% of median income. % less than that financial year.

A report from the Library of the House of Commons from October stated: “Overall, relative poverty levels have remained fairly stable over the years, but this varies between population groups: the proportion of children and pensioners in relative poverty previously more than five years ago.”

The Office for National Statistics said in its latest release on the issue that income inequality steadily increased to 36.3%.

The organization said it was the “highest reported measure of income inequality in a 10-year period” by the end of the 2020 fiscal year.