Labor leader Keir Starmer was among MPs sporting sheaves of wheat on their lapels when they clashed in the House of Commons at PMQ.
Although they sparked memories of Theresa May’s more brazen confessions, the decorations were in fact in aid of British Farming Day, which falls on November 2 this year.
Organized by the National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU), the event aims to celebrate the UK’s agricultural sector and encourage politicians to ensure it is given priority in future trade deals.
While House of Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt wore a crown, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak did not.
The new prime minister was forced to admit that the government was not processing “enough” asylum applications.
Asked about the number of applications being processed amid overcrowding at the Manston migrant center in Kent, Sunak told MPs the “simple” answer was “not good enough”.
Minutes before PMQ, Mr. Sunak dramatically reversed his decision to skip Cop27 and announced that he will now attend the global climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
The Prime Minister had said he would stay in the UK to focus on the new government’s upcoming budget.
However, his decision not to attend sparked international outcry, while pressure in the UK grew when King Charles announced a Cop27 reception at Buckingham Palace ahead of the conference, and also after former Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he planned to attend the summit.
In parliament, Labor’s Ed Miliband, the shadow secretary for climate change and net zero, attacked the government’s record.
He said: “We are far from reaching our climate goals. The net zero strategy was deemed illegal. The Prime Minister fires the President of the Police, and all this while the UN tells us that we are heading towards 2.8 C of global warming.
“Isn’t it true, Mr. President, that this year began with a prime minister who made great promises that he didn’t keep, and ends with another who has to be dragged on foot and even shouted to show up?”
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