Boris Johnson ‘hesitating’ on windfall tax, says Starmer as inflation rises: Follow Live

Liz Truss says ‘good paying jobs’ are the answer to the cost of living crisis

Keir Starmer repeatedly asked Boris Johnson at PMQ to commit to an extraordinary tax on the massive profits of energy companies.

The Labor leader said ordinary families were being crippled by the cost of living crisis and needed relief as inflation surged 9 percent last month.

The prime minister has “wavered” on a windfall tax and will end up supporting it in an “inevitable U-turn”, Sir Keir said. Johnson accused the Labor Party of being too interested in taxing business.

Meanwhile, a Tory MP arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault on landmark allegations has been released on bail.

The unnamed MP, who is in his fifties, was asked by his party whips not to attend parliament while a police investigation is taking place. Liz Truss said she was “very, very concerned about the reports”.

The arrest comes just weeks after Westminster was rocked by another round of “Pestminster” accusations against sitting MPs, prompting Tory MP Neil Parish to resign for viewing pornography in parliament.


The Prime Minister has said the civil service will be “more efficient” if workers go back to their desks.

In Prime Minister’s Questions, Labor MP Virendra Sharma (Ealing Southall) said: “The Home Office… and others now regularly take six months to respond to letters to ministers. Immigration cases waiting years to hear anything.

“But rather than commit resources to fix this unacceptable problem, the Prime Minister is choosing to sack thousands of civil servants and his ministers are wandering Whitehall putting sticky notes on desks he thinks look too empty.

“Will the Prime Minister personally investigate this issue and instruct his ministers and officials to give our constituents the attention they deserve?”

Boris Johnson responded: “I have to say that I must respectfully disagree with the implication that for the civil service working from home is just as productive everywhere as being in the office.

“I just don’t accept that. I think we’ll be more productive and more efficient if we generally find ways to get back to our desks.”

Cunning Eleanor18 May 2022 14:13


Young adults ‘fear they’ll never start a family’ due to cost-of-living crisis

A quarter of young adults say that the cost-of-living crisis is the main cause of anxiety in their lives, forcing them to reduce pension contributions and even fear that they will never be able to start a family.

A survey of 1,000 UK young adults aged 18-25 found that rising energy bills (46%), petrol (44%) and food prices (43%) hit their finances hardest.

More than three-quarters (76 percent) said they had been forced to change their spending habits to navigate the current financial landscape.

Cunning Eleanor18 May 2022 13:54


Labor calls for suspension of Tory whip of MP facing rape investigation

Labor have called on Boris Johnson to immediately suspend the Conservative whipping of a Conservative MP arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of offenses including rape.

Cunning Eleanor18 May 2022 13:30


Starmer taunts Boris Johnson that he ‘can’t make up his mind’ on windfall profits tax

Here is a summary of this afternoon’s PMQs from the independentdeputy political editor of Rob Merrick:

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Most people in House of Commons ‘don’t misbehave’, says PM

The vast majority of people working in the House of Commons are doing a “very good job” and are “not misbehaving”, Boris Johnson said when asked about MPs acting outside ministerial code.

Westminster has been rocked by revelations of misconduct in recent months, from former Speaker John Bercow being banned for intimidation to Tory MP Neil Parish resigning for viewing pornography in the House of Commons.

During the PMQs, SNP MP Hannah Bardell asked: “The precious principles of public life enshrined in this document must be respected at all times. Those are the prime minister’s own words from the ministerial code.

“So, can the prime minister tell me on a scale of one to 10, how are you doing upholding those principles?”

Johnson responded: “I think 10 out of 10.

“We believe that this government adheres to the principles of the ministerial code… And I think it is always worth emphasizing that the vast majority of people who work in the House of Commons and members of parliament are doing a very good I’m working and working very hard and they’re not misbehaving.”

liam james18 May 2022 13:05


Tory MP booed over Beergate question

Conservative MP Richard Holden faced jeers from opposition benches over a Beergate question.

The MP for North West Durham asked if Boris Johnson agreed that his constituency was “more than a place for a social evening of beer and curry to go”.

This came in the middle of a lengthy question and led opposition MPs to mock him.

Holden asked, “Would you more broadly agree with me that education is the cornerstone of leveling up and ensuring there are more good jobs available locally in County Durham as well, so that it’s more than just a place to bring friends for a social evening of beer and curry to go and is it a nice place to live, work and raise a family?

Johnson responded that Holden was a “massive champion of his constituency.”

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Ian Blackford, the SNP leader in Westminster, asked whether Boris Johnson supported “his chancellor’s insulting statement that acting now, in this cost of living emergency, would be foolish”.

Blackford said: “People didn’t need to see the official statistics this morning to know that we are experiencing the highest inflation in 40 years, they know because they live with it… Does the Prime Minister still support your Chancellor’s insulting statement of that acting now, in this cost of living emergency, would be foolish.”

Johnson said he supported the chancellor and pointed to raising the living wage, tax cuts for people on benefits and energy bill relief.

He added, “And most of all, I support what he’s done to provide a strong economic foundation that makes all of that possible.”

liam james18 May 2022 12:48


Rees-Mogg an ‘oversized prefect’ says Starmer

Starmer targets Jacob Rees-Mogg for his opposition to a windfall profits tax. He lists conservatives in favor of a windfall tax, along with business leaders, and cites the BP chief’s recent comment that the tax would not hurt investment.

“And on the other side: the North East Somerset member. When he’s not sticking notes on people’s desks like an overgrown prefect is totally against it. When will he finally get control?

Boris Johnson, in response, once again lashes out at Labor’s taste for higher taxes.

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Starmer brings up the case of a patient with a rare kidney condition who needs almost constant care with a wife who works full time.

The patient, Phoenix, and his family kept getting warm in the cold months and didn’t eat, Starmer says.

“People across the country need action now…stop the delay and do it for households that can’t pay and do it for Phoenix who just can’t afford to wait.”

Boris Johnson asks for the details from Phoenix and answers Starmer for voting against the government’s NHS plan.

liam james18 May 2022 12:24


A third question on the windfall tax from Starmer, this time more focused on the impact of the cost of living on households.

Starmer: “While he falters, British households are slapped with an extra £53 million on their energy bills every day.” He compares this to the massive profits of energy companies.

“Doesn’t he realize that every day he delays his inevitable u-turn…is he choosing to let people fight when they don’t have to?”

Boris Johnson replies that “we are already helping people with the cost of living in every way possible.”

liam james18 May 2022 12:19

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