Rishi Sunak faces Keir Starmer at Prime Minister's Questions

Sunak will be quizzed by the Labour leader after saying Sir Keir would make the UK less safe should he become PM.

Rishi Sunak is facing Keir Starmer at Prime Minister’s Questions.

Sunak will be quizzed by the Labour leader after he set out the narrative he wants to fight this years general election.

The Prime Minister listed Scottish nationalism among the “dangers” faced by the UK during a speech in London on Monday.

He also warned giving Sir Keir the keys to No 10 would leave the country less safe and embolden Russia’s Vladimir Putin, in an early indication of bitter general election battles to come.

The Prime Minister claimed Labour’s refusal to adopt the Government’s plan to spend 2.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) on defence sent the wrong message at a time when the world was facing “one of the most dangerous periods we’ve ever known”.

The highly personal attack on Sir Keir came as Sunak attempted to revive Tory hopes with his party more than 20 points behind in the opinion polls and licking its wounds after a local election mauling.

Sir Keir rejected the attack, saying “I know first-hand the importance of national security” from his role as director of public prosecutions.

Sunak said that despite the dangers over the coming years, there was also opportunity and voters will have a choice between the Conservatives’ “optimistic” view of the future and Labour’s “doomsterism”.

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