Keir Starmer savaged over Labouronomics failures as Johnson slams rampant £21bn fraud

Boris Johnson savages Keir Starmer over 'Labournomics'

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson savaged the Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer with a brutal swipe at “Labournomics” during PMQs on Wednesday. Mr Johnson produced a letter with suggestions for sources of PPE and ventilators from then Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds remarking it was “no wonder!” that fraud under the last Labour Government “was running at £21 billion pounds per year.”

Mr Johnson told MPs: “It just so happens that I have been rustling in my notes, Mr Speaker, and I found a letter…. from the shadow chancellor to my right honourable friend the Secretary of State…suggesting that we could secure PPE supplies on April 22, 2020 secure PPE supplies are from a theatrical costumier and that we could get ventilators from a professional football agent.

“Mr Speaker, no wonder when the under Labour fraud was running at £21 billion pounds per year.”

The slapdown come following a question by Sir Keir about the amount of Government money lost to fraud during the pandemic. 

Mr Johnson told Parliament the government would continue to try to recover taxpayers’ money lost to fraudulent claims for financial support.

“Of course we despise fraud and those who steal from the taxpayer,” Johnson told MPs.

“We’ve already recovered 743 million pounds ($1.01 billion) in lost furlough money … 2.2 billion pounds that was stolen in bounce back loans and we will go on,” Johnson said.

Sir Keir also blasted the Prime Minister for introducing a series of “stealth taxes” on working people.

His examples included freezing the threshold for income tax and tuition fees, as well as “local authorities forced to increase council tax”.

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