Sunak exposes 'weak' Starmer with Labour leader torn apart in PMQs after parroting Corbyn

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Rishi Sunak branded Sir Keir Starmer as “weak” as he accused the Labour leader of bowing to the demands of the hard-left. The Prime Minister claimed the Holborn and St Pancras MP had no control over his backbenchers joining picket lines and accused him of taking orders from “union paymasters”.

In a hot-tempered exchange in the House of Commons, the Conservative leader warned union pay-masters and radical left-wing MPs would wreak havoc on the UK if Labour was ever given the keys to No10.

The defiant attack on the Leader of the Opposition came as Sir Keir echoed demands first made by Jeremy Corbyn for private school tax breaks to be scrapped, and for firm house-building targets to be imposed across the country.

Sir Keir Starmer took aim at the Prime Minister’s old private school as he demanded an end to private schools’ charitable status.

He said: “Winchester College has a rowing club, a rifle club, an extensive art collection, they charge over £45,000 a year in fees.

“Why did he hand them nearly £6million of taxpayers’ money this year?”

Defending his private school background, Mr Sunak retorted: “Whenever he attacks me about where I went to school, he is attacking the hard-working aspiration of millions of people in this country, he’s attacking people like my parents.

“This is a country that believes in opportunity not resentment.

“He doesn’t understand that and that’s why he’s not fit to lead.”

Repeating criticisms from Labour’s 2019 manifesto, Sir Keir also took aim at the Government’s lack of housebuilding and claimed the Prime Minister was “killing off aspiration in this country” by not setting targets for new properties.

He said the Conservative leader should “get tough” on backbenchers failing to back a Bill to impose housing targets, adding “Labour will lend him the votes” to pass the legislation if necessary.

Hitting back the Prime Minister responded: “He talks about toughness, he’s too weak to stop dozens of his own MPs joining the picket lines.

“If he wants to support those hard-working families and show some leadership, why doesn’t he confirm right now that no Labour MPs are going to join those picket lines?”

He added: “It’s the same old Labour ideas, more debt, more inflation, more strikes and more migration. He tells his party what they want to hear.

“I’ll take the difficult decisions to this country and that’s the choice, it’s the politics of yesterday with him or the future of the country with me.”

Hitting back the Prime Minister responded: “He talks about toughness, he’s too weak to stop dozens of his own MPs joining the picket lines.

“If he wants to support those hard-working families and show some leadership, why doesn’t he confirm right now that no Labour MPs are going to join those picket lines?”

He added: “It’s the same old Labour ideas, more debt, more inflation, more strikes and more migration. He tells his party what they want to hear.

“I’ll take the difficult decisions to this country and that’s the choice, it’s the politics of yesterday with him or the future of the country with me.”

Mr Sunak also took aim at Sir Keir’s attempts to maintain free movement with the EU when he was Mr Corbyn’s Brexit Secretary in 2019 when responding a question from the SNP’s Ian Blackford.

The party’s Westminster leader demanded the Prime Minister “admit that Brexit is a significant long term cause of the UK economic crisis”.

Mr Sunak replied: “I was proud to support Brexit, it was the right thing for this country. It allows us to first of all get control of our borders, which is incredibly important.

“I know he’ll join me in reminding the Leader of the Opposition (Sir Keir Starmer) of his previous promise to defend free movement of people, not something that we support.”



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