Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has hit out at Sir Keir Starmer for “reading from prepared sheets” as the party leaders clash at Prime Minister’s Questions.
The Labor leader was quizzing Mr Sunak on why he appointed Nadhim Zahawi, who is under scrutiny for his tax affairs.
Mr Sunak said: “I know he reads from these prepared sheets but he should listen to what I actually said.
“Since I commented on this matter last week, more information, including a statement by the Minister Without Portfolio, has entered the public domain. Which is why it is right that we do establish the facts.
“Let me take a step back. Of course the politically expedient thing for me to have said that this matter must have been resolved by Wednesday at noon, but I believe in proper due process.
“That’s why I appointed an independent advisor, and that’s why the independent advisor is doing its job. But the Opposition can’t have it both ways.
“The shadow leader and his party chair both urged me to appoint an independent advisor, and now he objects to that independent advisor doing their job.
“It is simple, political opportunism and everyone can see through it.”
Sir Keir responded: “We all know why the Prime Minister was reluctant to ask his party chair questions about family finances and tax avoidance.
“His failure to sack him when the whole country could see what was going on shows how hopelessly weak he is.
“A Prime Minister overseeing chaos and overwhelmed at every turn. He can’t say when ambulances will get to heart attack victims again, he can’t say when the prison system will keep streets safe again. He can’t even deal with tax avoiders in his own Cabinet.
“Is he starting to wonder if this job is just too big for him?”