Angela Rayner has used a deputy leaders’ outing at PMQs to mock Dominic Raab for the claims of bullying against him, asking Raab if he will “walk before he’s pushed”.
The pair were appearing at PMQs while Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer attended the funeral of Betty Boothroyd, the first female Commons speaker.
But it was the SNP’s Mhairi Black that cut the government the deepest at today’s session
Mhairi Black tweeted: “It’s the people across these isles that’s been led by donkeys… Matt Hancock said he would impart his wisdom for £1500 an hour… most nurses earn little above £15 an hour… who does he think is best value for money & for the public?”
Black said: “In recent days, video footage has emerged of the former chancellor and the former chair of the 1922 Committee offering their services for £60,000 on top of their MP’s salary.
The former health secretary offered his wisdom for £10,000 a day – can I ask the deputy prime minister, when he is inevitably booted out of office, what will his going rate be?”
Raab replied: “The system of declarations is there to ensure transparency and accountability and of course the Conservatives backed tightening up those rules to make sure that there couldn’t be any lobbying.
The deputy leader of the SNP highlighted a campaign by the pressure group Led By Donkeys in Westminster, which saw former government ministers including Kwasi Kwarteng and Matt Hancock being caught in a sting when they accepted job interviews with a fake company.