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How to watch Prime Minister’s Questions today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces some difficult questions about alleged COVID rule-breaking.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson Visits Uxbridge Constituency
Published: Wednesday, 19th January 2022 at 11:50 am

It looks set to be one memorable Prime Minister's Questions today (Wednesday 19th January 2022).

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to face some tough questions surrounding his future as Prime Minister following the series of reports and allegations about the behaviour in Number 10 Downing Street during the various periods of COVID-19 restrictions.

The Prime Minister admitted he had been at the Downing Street party on 20 May 2020 for around 25 minutes, but noted that he had believed "this was a work event".

Johnson and his government plan to wait for the results of civil servant Sue Gray's inquiry into the matter.

Dominic Cummings, a former key advisor of the Prime Minister, has claimed that he warned Johnson about this party and that it could risk breaking lockdown rules.

On Tuesday (18th January), Johnson "categorically' denied that he was warned against the party and was not aware it would break the rules.

Johnson is set to face tough questions from both the Labour Party and backbench MPs from his own Conservative Party regarding the alleged rule breaks.

With the future of Johnson's premiership the focus of much discussion, just when will Prime Minister's Questions take place and how do you watch it on TV?

What time is Prime Minister’s Questions today?

PMQs will begin at its usual time at 12 midday.

The session will run for half an hour.

Sir Keir Starmer, the Leader of the Opposition and Labour Party Leader, will be sure to face off with the Prime Minister with some tough questions.

This certainly looks like one session we will not want to miss.

How to watch Prime Minister’s Questions today

Prime Minister’s Questions will be broadcast live on BBC Parliament – and will be available online via iPlayer.

There will also be coverage on Sky News, which you can also watch on YouTube.

What can we expect from Prime Minister’s Questions today?

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face some difficult questions today about the behaviour of himself, his cabinet and his staff during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.

Johnson was accused of attending a drinks event at Number 10 Downing Street amid lockdown in May 2020, which he admits to attending but believed it was a "work event".

On Monday 10th January 2022, ITV News published a leaked email from Martin Reynolds, the Prime Minister's principal private secretary, which saw him inviting staff to "socially distanced drinks in the No 10 garden" on 20th May 2020.

Large social gatherings were banned under lockdown rules in place at the time, but Reynolds' email encouraged recipients to "bring your own booze" and "make the most of the lovely weather".

Johnson confirmed to the House of Commons that he attended the gathering but believed it to be a "work event".

Dominic Cummings has claimed in his blog that he had warned Johnson about the May 2020 gathering ahead of attending.

"Nobody warned me that it was against the rules," the Prime Minister said, according to the BBC, adding: "I would have remembered that."

He maintained he would wait for Sue Gray's inquiry into what has happened before acting further.

Asked if he would resign if it was found he had misled Parliament, the PM replied: "Let's see what the report says."

A Downing Street spokesman commented: "As he said earlier this week, he believed implicitly that this was a work event. He has apologised to the House and is committed to making a further statement once the investigation concludes."

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The matter of the Prime Minister's future will likely be a big talking point today.

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