Rishi Sunak – live: PM and Starmer to clash at PMQs today as ambulance staff strike

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Rishi Sunak refuses to rule out one-off payment to nurses

Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer are set to clash in the first PMQs session of the new year at lunchtime today.

The prime minister and Labour leader go head-to-head as some 20,000 ambulance staff strike for the second time in a row over pay and conditions.

On Tuesday the government introduced a bill to parliament that aims to enforce “minimum services levels” in future industrial action.

Grant Shapps, the business secretary who brought the bill to the Commons, was accused of an “outrageous slur” after suggesting striking ambulance workers were “putting lives at risk”.

Elsewhere, Mr Sunak was scheduled to meet with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida on Wednesday to sign a defence pact between the two countries aimed at countering the threat of China in the Asia-Pacific region.

“In this increasingly competitive world, it is more important than ever that democratic societies continue to stand shoulder to shoulder as we navigate the unprecedented global challenges of our time,” Mr Sunak said in a statement ahead of the meeting.

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Thousands of ambulance workers go on strike in dispute over pay

Some 20,000 ambulance workers across England and Wales are striking today in a dispute with the government over pay.

Paramedics, call handlers, drivers and technicians from the Unison and GMB unions are taking part in staggered strikes across a 24-hour period.

Jane Kirby has the story:

Matt Mathers11 January 2023 11:19
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Hello and welcome to The Independent’s live politics coverage.

We’ll be bringing you all the latest updates from Westminster and PMQs from 12.

Stay tuned.

Matt Mathers11 January 2023 11:05

Source: independent.co.uk