Labour granted urgent question to PM after she refused to come to Commons

Labour leader Keir Starmer speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons on October 12
The question is in the name of Sir Keir Starmer (Picture: PA)

Labour has urged Liz Truss to the come the House of Commons to answer an urgent question in person this afternoon.

It comes after the prime minister refused to face MPs after sacking Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng on Friday.

She gave a brief press conference, but her new Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has been more vocal, with an address to the nation this morning scrapping most of her previous policy proposals.

The question, in the name of Sir Keir Starmer, is on the economic situation and is directed to the Prime Minister although she can delegate a more junior minister to answer for her.

It is expected to take place at 3.30pm, delaying Mr Hunt’s statement on finances which was brought forward to try and stabilise nerves on the economy.

A Labour Party spokesperson said of the Tories: ‘With the Chancellor junking the majority of its kamikaze budget today, the Prime Minister should have come to the House to make a statement.

‘If she had a shred of authority left she would turn up.’

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