The SNP Westminster leader claimed the UK Government is “heartlessly and cruelly” denying extra funds to Scotland to ensure its election promise of levelling up the country is kept. But Boris Johnson wittily dismantled his claim causing MPs in the Commons to laugh. He said: “Mr Speaker, I beseech the right honourable gentleman just to think that he may be mistaken.
“The UK Government is absolutely dedicated to supporting people of all people across the country.
“That’s why we’ve actually increased spending on benefits by £7 billion with Universal Credit and we stand ready to do more.
“But I can tell him that there will be plenty of wonderful things that we want to do working with him, working with the Scottish administration to improve transport and other infrastructure across the whole of the United Kingdom including Scotland.”
Boris Johnson also said he found suggestions that people going to Scotland from other parts of the UK would have to be quarantined “astonishing”.
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Boris Johnson sparked laughter in the Commons as he responded to Ian Blackford
Conservative MP Andrew Bowie (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine) said: “Does (Mr Johnson) not share my anger and the frustration of the Scottish tourist sector, just as it’s getting back on its feet, that it’s having the legs pulled out from under it by deeply irresponsible, damaging and divisive talk of arbitrary border closures and quarantining of visitors from across the United Kingdom?”
“I must say I found the suggestion absolutely astonishing,” Mr Johnson responded.
“There have been no such discussions with the Scottish administration about that but I would point out to (Mr Bowie) what he knows very well – there is no such thing as a border between England and Scotland.”
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer asked “why was the Government so slow to act” to implement a lockdown in Leicester after it knew of a spike in virus cases.
During PMQs, he told the Commons: “At the daily press conference on June 18 the Health Secretary said ‘there’s an outbreak of Covid-19 right now in parts of Leicester’.
“Yet it was only on Monday evening this week that the Government introduced restrictions.
“That’s a delay of 11 days during which the virus was spreading in Leicester.
“Why was the Government so slow to act?”
But the Prime Minister said the Government “acted decisively” and “put on the breaks” in Leicester.
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He told the Commons: “Actually the Government first took notice and acted that was going on in Leicester on June 8 because we could see there was an issue there.
“We sent mobile testing units shortly thereafter.
“We engaged actively with the authorities in Leicester, with public health in Leicester, with everyone responsible in Leicester, in the way we have done with other areas that have had similar issues.
“Unfortunately in Leicester, it did not prove possible to get the results that we have seen elsewhere so on Monday we took the decision, which I hope the right honourable gentleman approves of, to go into lockdown in Leicester.
“Because I have been absolutely clear with the House and with the country we are going forward, we have made huge progress but where necessary we will put on the breaks. We acted decisively and I think it was the right thing to do.”