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Matt Hancock ordered to leave commons after furious row

by LLB Politics Reporter
20th May 20 1:04 pm

The Speaker of the House of Commons ordered the Health Secretary Matt Hancock to leave the chamber during PMQs on Wednesday.

During Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs) Hancock engaged in furious row with member from the opposition of the frontbench.

Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker was forced to interject Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and Hancock after they were having a loud debate behind Boris Johnson’s seat.

The Speaker of the House blasted, “Minister for Health, please, I don’t mind you advising the Prime Minister, but you don’t need to advise the Opposition during this.

“Sorry, do you want to leave the Chamber?

“We’re on maximum numbers, so if you want to give way to somebody else, I’m more than happy!”

The Prime Minister opened PMQs by paying tribute to the NHS and the 181 health workers, and 131 social care workers, who have lost their lives to coronavirus.

Johnson told MPs in the Commons, “I know the thoughts of the whole House are with their families and friends.”

Confronting the Labour leader, the Prime Minister said that the UK are now testing more people “than virtually any country in Europe.”

Johnson said, “Already 125,000 care home staff have been tested, perhaps he didn’t know that.”

He added, “We are absolutely confident that we will be able to increase our testing not just in care homes but across the whole of the community.

“And thanks to the hard work of my right honourable friend [Hancock] and his teams we will get up to 200,000 tests in the country by the end of this month.

“Perhaps it is one of the statistics in international comparisons he hesitates to make but actually this country is now testing more than virtually any other country in Europe.”

However, Sir Keir hit out at Johnson and said, “The number of COVID-19 deaths in Germany stands at around 8,000, in South Korea it is under 300, in contrast, the United Kingdom, despite 2m tests having been carried out, there has been no effective tracing in place since 12 March when tracing was abandoned.

“That is nearly 10 weeks in a critical period without effective tracing. That is a huge hole in our defences, isn’t it Prime Minister?”

Johnson replied with, he is “confident” we will have test and trace in the UK, which will allow “progress” to be made.

He said, “And I can tell him also that by June 1, already we have recruited 24,000 trackers and by 1 June we will have 25,000.

“They will be capable of tracking the contacts of 10,000 new cases a day.”

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