Rishi Sunak urges Keir Starmer to back laws aimed at protecting lives during ... trends now

Rishi Sunak urges Keir Starmer to back laws aimed at protecting lives during ... trends now
Rishi Sunak urges Keir Starmer to back laws aimed at protecting lives during ... trends now

Rishi Sunak urges Keir Starmer to back laws aimed at protecting lives during ... trends now

Rishi Sunak urges Keir Starmer to back laws aimed at protecting lives during health service strikes PM says backing 'minimum service levels' in strikes shouldn't be controversial Union leaders vow to fight the new legislation in the courts and ‘in the streets’ Sir Keir pledged that a Labour government would repeal the law before it was even published

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Rishi Sunak accused Sir Keir Starmer of being in hock to unions yesterday – as he urged Labour to back laws protecting lives during strikes.

During angry clashes in the Commons, the Prime Minister said that backing ‘minimum service levels’ during strikes by ambulance workers and others ‘shouldn’t be controversial’. 

‘This is a simple proposition,’ he said. ‘No one denies the unions’ freedom to strike but it is also important to balance that with people’s right to have access to life-saving healthcare.’

The PM also addressed speculation about his own medical history by admitting he had previously used private healthcare. Facing the Labour leader during Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Sunak said Sir Keir ‘simply doesn’t have a policy’ for dealing with the walk-outs, adding: ‘He talks about wanting to end the strikes.

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