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PMQs: Rayner tells Dowden that he is not any Heseltine


At Prime Minister’s Questions deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner called back to the Nineties in reference to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s absence from the chamber.

The Labour MP and her Conservative counterpart Oliver Dowden were stepping in for his or her party leaders while the PM attended a Nato conference in Lithuania.

Ms Rayner said that the last time a main minister had “missed two sessions in a row with other engagements” had been in 1996 drawing parallels with an exchange between former deputy leaders Michael Heseltine and John Prescott.

She told Mr Dowden she was “proud to be filling the boots” of Mr Prescott. The deputy PM replied criticising Labour’s former leader Jeremy Corbyn by saying the UK would have abandoned Ukraine and Nato.

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