Here's when Boris Johnson will next face Sir Keir Starmer at Prime Minister's Questions

Wednesday, 27th May 2020, 9:56 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th May 2020, 9:56 am

Pressure is mounting on the Prime Minister to dismiss key aide Dominic Cummings, but Mr Johnson will not face Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer on Wednesday.

Opposition MPs, including Sir Keir Starmer and SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford, will not have the opportunity to quiz the prime minister at PMQs on the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The House of Commons entered a recess on May 20 and will not reconvene until June 2.

From June 2 House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has vowed to end virtual proceedings and invite all MPs back to Westminster, sparking health concerns for MPs currently shielding.

When is the next PMQs?

The next Prime Minister’s Questions will take place on June 3.

PMQs takes place at 12pm every Wednesday when the House of Commons is in session.

What happened at the last PMQs?

At the last Prime Minister’s Questions, Sir Keir Starmer put pressure on the government to drop an NHS surcharge for migrant health and social care workers to receive NHS treatment.

Mr Johnson initially rejected the idea, but caved into growing demands from his own MPs to drop the charge.

Sir Keir Starmer said the lack of contact tracing - which was abandoned in March - had left a gap in the country's defences against Covid-19.

But Mr Johnson said that a new “world-beating” test and trace system would be in place by June 1.

What has Sir Keir Starmer said about Dominic Cummings?

The recession of the House of Commons comes at a time where pressure is growing on the Prime Minister, from the public and from within his own party, to dismiss key adviser Dominic Cummings.

Sir Keir Starmer has remained relatively quiet on the subject, though not completely silent.

Prior to Dominic Cummings’ Downing Street press conference on Monday Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer had said that the Prime Minister’s defence of Dominic Cummings was “an insult”.

Sir Keir Starmer said: “This was a test of the Prime Minister and he has failed it. It is an insult to sacrifices made by the British people that Boris Johnson has chosen to take no action against Dominic Cummings. The public will be forgiven for thinking there is one rule for the Prime Minister’s closest adviser and another for the British people.

“The Prime Minister’s actions have undermined confidence in his own public health message at this crucial time. Millions were watching for answers and they got nothing. That’s why the Cabinet Secretary must now launch an urgent inquiry.”