‘Charged Light Brigade’: Starmer uses PMQs to mock conservatives | LF

Keir Starmer has accused Tory MPs and ministers of complicity in supporting a prime minister of indefensible behavior as he condemned and mocked what he called the ‘dying spectacle’ of Boris Johnson’s political career.

Focusing in particular on Johnson’s decision earlier this year to promote Chris Pincher to Deputy Chief Whip, despite a known history of sexually predatory behavior, Starmer said not all Tory MPs still supporting Johnson had ” an ounce of integrity”.

In an often blunt performance of Prime Minister’s Questions, the Labor leader ridiculed ministers still serving in government, such as Nadhim Zahawi, the newly promoted chancellor, who sat next to Johnson on the Tory bench.

“What a pathetic sight,” Starmer said after Johnson accused him of bad policy decisions. “The dying act of his political career is to parrot this nonsense. As for those who remain – only in office because no one else is willing to debase themselves any longer. The Charge of the Light Brigade. Have some respect for yourself. For a week, he has had them defend his decision to promote a sexual predator. Every day, the lines he forced them to follow were wrong.

Johnson, facing what was always likely to be an extremely difficult PMQ given the widespread expectation that he could be ousted imminently after a series of ministerial resignations, insisted he would continue to exercise its functions.

Johnson, however, again apologized for appointing Pincher deputy chief whip in February, after Pincher apologized for allegedly fumbling in a previous ministerial role in 2019.

Starmer started the session by reading the words of a man who said he “froze out” as he was groped by Pincher. “I accept that it’s not an easy listen. But it reminds everyone who supports this Prime Minister how serious the situation is,” Starmer said. “He knew the accused minister had committed predatory behavior before, but he promoted him to a position of power anyway – why?”

Johnson said he regretted the promotion, adding: ‘As soon as I became aware of the allegations that he has just read, of the complaint that was made, he lost his status as a Tory MP.

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The Prime Minister, however, refused to deny calling his former colleague a “Pincher by name, by nature”, when asked by Starmer.

The Labor leader has repeatedly sought to highlight the role of Tory MPs in supporting Johnson despite a series of previous scandals, including lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street.

“He is only in power because he was backed for months by a corrupt party advocating the indefensible,” Starmer said. “Anyone who had anything about them would be long gone from their bench. In the midst of a crisis, doesn’t the country deserve better than a Z list of nodding dogs. »

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