PMQs: Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer clash over NHS strikes

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was accused by Keir Starmer of choosing to “prolong the misery” over strikes at PMQs.

Sir Keir also claimed the Government had “gone from clapping the nurses to sacking the nurses” through its new minimum strike legislation.

The PM clashed with Sir Keir Starmer at the first Prime Minister’s Questions of the New Year amid a backdrop of crippling public sector strikes.

Sir Keir said:“If the prime minister had negotiated with the nurses before Christmas - they wouldn’t be on strike. So why is he choosing to prolong the misery rather than end these strikes?”

In response to the new strike legislation that could allow bosses of key public services to sack employees who refuse to work, he said: “When I clapped nurses I meant it. His response to the greatest crisis in the history of the NHS is to threaten to sack our nurses.”