Dowden and Rayner face off in Commons at Prime Minister's Questions

The deputies will take to the despatch box with the Conservative and Labour party leaders absent.

Oliver Dowden and Angela Rayner will go head to head at Prime Minister’s Questions with the Conservative and Labour leaders absent from the Commons.

PM Rishi Sunak misses out from the weekly session while he holds talks with US President Joe Biden over environmental policy on a trip to the United States.

Meanwhile, Sir Keir Starmer has been addressing the GMB conference in Brighton on the net zero transition as he seeks union support for the party’s green policies.

It leaves the two deputies to field questions in the chamber, before normal service resumes next week.

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