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Former leader Ed Miliband stood in for Sir Keir at prime minister’s questions

キールスターマー テストで陽性 COVID-19 — just hours before he was due to face ボリス・ジョンソン at prime minister’s questions.

With deputy leader アンジェラ・レイナー on bereavement leave, the shadow business secretary Ed Miliband stood in for the Labour leader at the despatch box on Wednesday.

It is also expected that the shadow chancellor, レイチェルリーブス, will respond to Rishi Sunak’s Budget and spending review due to the Labour leader’s isolation.

Sir Keir has previously had to self-isolate on four separate occasions since March 2020 under the now expired Covid restrictions – after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive.

夏の間, the Labour leader was forced to abandon a summer tour of the Midlands, as part of a series of conversations across the country with voters who abandoned the party at the last general election.

Facing the prime minister, Mr Miliband, who resigned as leader of the party immediately after his election loss to デビッドキャメロン に 2015, joked to MPs: “Just like the old days”.

“I just want to reassure both sides of the House it’s one time only," 彼が追加した.

Mr Miliband used the session ahead of the Budget to criticise the government for cutting overseas aid while simultaneously lobbying nations for $100 billion of climate finance for poorer nations ahead of the critical climate summit — Cop26 — in Glasgow.

We all need the vital Cop26 summit in Glasgow to deliver next week because failing to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees will have devastating consequences for our planet and that is shared across this House,” Mr Miliband told MPs.

“Does the prime minister agree that to keep that goal of 1.5 degrees alive we need to roughly halve global emissions in this decisive decade?”

ジョンソン氏は答えた: “It is of course correct that Cop 26 is both unbelievably important for our planet but also very difficult and it’s in the balance.

During prime minister’s questions, the chancellor Rishi Sunak and the justice secretary Dominic Raab were among senior Tory MPs wearing masks in the chamber — after the health secretary, サジド・ジャビド, urged politicians to set an example.