- Labour leader Keir Starmer is due to attend PMQs after recovering from COVID-19.
- He is expected to challenge Boris Johnson over reports the PM attended a lockdown-busting party.
- Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner said Johnson’s position was ‘completely untenable.’
Boris Johnson is set for a showdown with Labour leader Keir Starmer at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday after the Labour leader tested negative for COVID-19 after contracting it last week.
Starmer was forced to miss Prime Minister’s Questions last week but returned a negative test on Wednesday, meaning he will be able to attend the House of Commons, according to Financial Times Whitehall Editor Sebastian Payne.
Johnson is facing serious questions over his future as prime minister after it was reported that he attended a “bring your own booze” Downing Street party during a national coronavirus lockdown.
A leaked email obtained by ITV News showed that the prime minister’s Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds invited more than 100 people to the party in the Downing Street garden during May 2020, when groups were banned from mixing.
The BBC suggested that the prime minister could make a statement directly before Prime Minister’s Questions to address the allegations directly.
Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner told Sky News on Wednesday that the prime minister’s position was “completely untenable” and said that Johnson “not only broke the rules but he’s lied to the British public.”