Sunak and Starmer face internal party pressure in final PMQs before recess

Both party leaders are under pressure from within their own parties in the final Commons session before the summer holidays.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour opponent Sir Keir Starmer are to face off in the final Prime Minister’s Questions before the summer recess.

The leaders of the UK’s two main parties will face questions from the House of Commons with both under their own internal pressure in recent weeks.

The PM is staring down the barrel of three by-elections in the Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Selby and Ainsty, and Somerton and Frome constituencies.

The seats were vacated by former PM Boris Johnson, supporter Nigel Adams and David Warburton – who latterly sat as an independent following misconduct allegations.

On the opposite side of the House, Starmer is under fire after doubling down on the “two child benefit cap,” despite Scottish Labour continuing to oppose the plans.

The legislation, introduced by the Tories under Theresa May in 2017, prevents parents from claiming child tax credit or universal credit for third or subsequent children.

There are exceptions for women who have been raped but they would have to disclose the crime to the government in order to qualify.

Opponents have labelled this the “rape clause,” which Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar and MSP Monica Lennon among others, have vehemently opposed.

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