Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner is moving to the forefront and will be confronting Boris Johnson for the first time at the Prime Minister’s Questions.
Ms Rayner previously was a leading member of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, before she was elected as Labour’s Deputy Leader in April.
It will be the first time Angela Rayner has led for the opposition at PMQs as she is a stand-in for Sir Keir Starmer. Sir Keir is self-isolating after he was informed that his family member is showing coronavirus symptoms.
A spokesperson for Sir Keir said: “Keir Starmer is still awaiting the test result for a member of his family. He is therefore remaining in self-isolation and will not participate in Prime Minister’s Questions tomorrow (Wednesday)”.
The spokesperson added: “Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader and Shadow First Secretary of State, will be taking his place. We have informed Number 10.”
Similar to Sir Keir, Ms Rayner has voiced out about the need for Labour to be a constructive opposition.
Speaking to The Guardian about confronting Boris Johnson, she said: “Johnson really hasn’t stepped up, and I wanted him to because I need my constituents to feel safe and be protected. I wanted him to do well.”
Angela Rayner also added that “the PM needs to get up off his backside and lead” on racial inequality.
The hour and a half meeting will also be covering the government’s review of defence and foreign policy, and it will be the second time the PM has showed up before the body which is comprised of MPs who chair select committees.
This time, those asking the questions will include Tory MPs Sir Bob Neill, politician Tobias Ellwood, and Mel Stride, who have been critical of attempts by the government to seek powers to override the EU Withdrawal Agreement.
Article Accredited To: Amanda Gumede