Rayner: “I’d like to thank the formidable Sue Grey who I know has been busier than Santa over the festive period.” 8/10
Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner kicked off by paying tribute to the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu and by thanking those who worked over the Christmas break, particularly those who worked at vaccination sites.
She went on to say Johnson should be more “aspirational for this country”, as working families are “picking up the tab for his incompetence”.
She said: “His government has failed to invest in long-term energy security, his government decided to let gas storages collapse. His government let the energy market run out of control. 27 energy companies have gone bust in the last year. And now, household bills are going through the roofs.”
Johnson: “[Rayner] talks about energy. I think the House would agree she has got a lot more energy than the current leader.” 8/10
Poor Keir. But we’ll give Johnson this one.
Johnson: “We’ve been able to keep this country moving and keep the economy growing and keep the money coming into people’s pockets.” 4/10
Johnson hit back by saying Labour failed to invest in supply which reduced our ability to have cheaper and cleaner energy today. He continued by speaking about economic growth, the unemployment rate, and again slammed how Labour “reached for the lever of more restrictions” when Omicron hit the UK.
What better way to kick off the new year than with a lively parliamentary session? Rayner was in top form with her Santa references and sarcastic jabs.
Catching the PM out on his denial of his inflation comments gives Rayner the automatic win for this week.