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PMQs: Did police records put investigations in jeopardy?

The Prime Minister opened Prime Minister’s questions by welcoming President-elect Joe Biden, something that various members across the House aligned themselves with, including the Leader of the Opposition, Keir Starmer.

Keir Starmer focused his questions on the news that thousands of police records had been accidentally deleted, potentially jeopardising investigations and future convictions. Mr Starmer questioned how many investigations had been affected by the deletion, something that the Prime Minister claimed he didn’t know, although they do know how many records have been deleted.

The Prime Minister accused the Leader of the Opposition of not listening to answers that were given when he asked for a second time how many records had been leaked and then subsequently started to cite numbers that he had written down.

Starmer then took aim at the Government’s decision to not close borders in March, when the Home Secretary claims that she wanted to and was then overruled by the PM. The PM twice answered this question, with the same response – many people hadn’t deemed in necessary for the closure of borders in March, and only in hindsight are people asking for it.

Ian Blackford claimed that when Donald Trump leaves the White House, some members of the Government should look to rectify their behaviour after they “cosied up to Donald Trump”.

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