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Boris Johnson is facing a day of heavy scrutiny today (Wednesday, January 13) into his policies for handling Covid-19. This afternoon Mr Johnson was questioned by Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, in the House of Commons for Prime Minister’s Questions. The Prime Minister will also face a 90-minute quizzing on his strategies later today.
At Prime Minister’s Questions today, Mr Johnson was questioned about his Government’s stance on a number of issues related to the national lockdown.
Mr Johnson did not rule out the possibility of stricter lockdown measures being introduced if necessary.
He told MPs: “We keep things under constant review and we will continue to do so.
“And certainly, if there is any need to toughen up restrictions, which I don’t rule out, we will of course come to this House.”
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Mr Johnson was also quizzed on his opinion on the free school meals offering some pupils have been provided with while schools are closed.
Some images of free school meal packages have been circulating online, which have been widely criticised on social media in recent days.
Asked earlier by Sir Keir if he would be happy for his children to be living on such meals, the Prime Minister told MPs: “I don’t think anybody in this House is happy with the disgraceful images that we’ve seen of the food parcels that have been offered.
“They’re appalling, they’re an insult to the families that have received them.”
Is Boris Johnson speaking today?
Daily Downing Street press briefings were a key feature of the first England-wide lockdown back in March 2020.
However since the summer the press conferences are held whenever the Government deems them necessary.
There is not a Downing Street press briefing scheduled to take place today.
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However Mr Johnson will be facing scrutiny today from the Liaison Committee over his handling of the coronavirus crisis.
The Prime Minister will be grilled by the group of 15 cross-party MPs which make up the Liaison Committee, which is chaired by Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin.
Mr Johnson will be asked about his handling of the crisis, on topics including vaccine rollout and if further lockdown measures are required to suppress the spread of Covid-19 in the UK.
The last Downing Street press conference was led by Home Secretary Priti Patel on Tuesday.
Ms Patel addressed confusion over the lockdown rules during the briefing, and said that officers are moving more quickly to issue fines to people in breach of coronavirus rules.
The Home Secretary also said the Government keeps the lockdown measures in England under “constant review”.
She said: “In Government, there are endless discussions taking place about the state of coronavirus, support and capacity within the NHS, and also lockdown measures right now.
“We are not going to speculate on anything. These issues are live within Government.”
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