Keir Starmer: PM’s actions over Paterson ‘corrupt and contemptible’
If the government could write its own headlines, the last week would doubtless have been awash with the litany of pledges being churned out at Cop26. Instead, Boris Johnson has managed to earn the ire of not just the opposition, but also his own side of the House of Commons, after putting forward some hastily-retracted plans to reform Parliament’s disciplinary process. To cap it all, Owen Paterson, the MP whose career the proposals were transparently designed to save, has announced that he will be leaving the House after all. The leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer, condemned a ‘pattern of behaviour’ that he said was bringing Parliament, and the country, into disrepute:
KS: Instead of upholding standards, [the PM] ordered his MPs to protect his mate and rip up the whole system. That’s corrupt, it is contemptible and it’s not a one-off.
We need to ‘make Brexit work’
Marr also asked the Labour leader about whether he would be looking to make changes to the UK’s relationship with the EU, especially any changes that would see the UK drifting more closely back into the EU’s orbit. Starmer said that he was against this, at least for the foreseeable future:
KS: I think we need to make Brexit work… No re-joining, no ripping up the current arrangements and starting again… Don’t just say ‘get Brexit done’ – make Brexit work.
George Eustice: Lobbying u-turn a ‘storm in a teacup’
Environment Secretary George Eustice joined Trevor Phillips to put on a brave face and give the government’s side of the story.