PMQs LIVE: Boris faces Starmer grilling after Laura Kuenssberg raises AWKWARD issue for PM

With pubs, restaurants, cafes and other businesses set to reopen at the weekend, the UK was stunned this week when Leicester re-entered full lockdown after a surge in cases. Schools and non-essential shops have closed again in a bid to contain the outbreak, and fears are growing more towns and cities could follow suit.

This lunchtime’s showdown also comes after BBC politics editor Laura Kuenssberg put the pressure on Mr Johnson to deliver on a promise to the people of Hong Kong following the overnight passing of a controversial new Chinese security law.

Ms Kuenssberg said on Twitter: “This is what the PM promised Hong Kong last month – to ‘allow any holder of these passports from Hong Kong to come to the UK for a renewable period of 12 months + be given further immigration rights, including the right to work, which could place them on a route to citizenship’.

“IF China brought in its new security laws in Hong Kong – that’s now happening, so will the Foreign Secretary stick to this pledge today? Commons statement from Raab expected after PMQs.”

Mr Johnson will likely also be confronted over the passing of last night’s deadline to request a Brexit transition period extention.

The UK and EU must now agree a deal before the end of the year, with the likelihood of a no-deal exit surging.

This is a liveblog. Please see below for the latest updates and check back soon.

11am update: Keir to pressure PM over schools

A hint at things to come later? Last night Sir Keir posted a Tweet demanding schools reopen with safe, temporary classrooms.

He said: “I want all our children safely back in school as soon as possible.

“All schools could be open had there been a plan and leadership from the Prime Minister.

“If we can build Nightingale Hospitals, we can build temporary classrooms.”

Sir Keir may also pressure Mr Johnson on the method of measuring coronavirus cases in the UK, afrer a report by the Financial Times. 

It has emerged figures released by the Government as part of its regular updates include only hospital-based or private laboratory-tested cases of coronavirus. 

A second metric, dubbed ‘pillar 2’, including the testing of the public at drive-through facilities, for example, are not included in total released figures. 

More to follow…



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