Henry Deedes watches Angela Rayner battle Boris Johnson at PMQs 


Angela Rayner experienced bought her bovver boots on. Good clod-hopping items they were, the form that Teddy Boys utilized to use when out on the razzle. 

Not for her the genteel kitten clackers Theresa May well made use of to fashion. Just one swing of the Rayner hoof in these toddlers could do a guy some major destruction. 

Labour’s deputy leader experienced just arrive stomping into the chamber for her debut visual appearance at PMQs. Johnson v Rayner.

As showdowns go, this was a lip-smacker. I’m surprised Don King didn’t check out to set it on spend-for every-perspective. 

Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner experienced a dig at Dominic Cummings, suggesting that ‘the upcoming time a person with symptoms drives from London to Durham, it’ll possibly be for the closest Covid test’

Miss out on Rayner is a coarse but likeable bruiser who still left university at 16 whilst expecting, sans skills. 

Boris? Effectively, let’s just say Ange wouldn’t thoughts connecting one of all those boots with a delicate and sensitive aspect of his anatomy. 

Parking herself in front of the despatch box, Rayner shot her colleague Valerie Vaz a sisterly smile.   

If there were being a flight of butterflies flapping around her tummy, she wasn’t displaying it. 

As the Primary Minister tumbled into his seat, Labour’s chief whip Nick Brown rolled more than like a Russian doll to growl a little something in Rayner’s ear. ‘Good luck’ perhaps. Or more probably: ‘Don’t cock it up, luv.’ 

Rayner commenced properly. Incredibly well. ‘I’ve bought a concept from a male referred to as Keir,’ she introduced, a dig at Jeremy Corbyn’s practice of studying out messages from the general public. 

The federal government benches laughed appreciatively. Keir had apparently been self-isolating for the previous two days though a single of his young children awaited a result from a person of the Government’s creaky take a look at centres. 

Someway this segued into a concern about treatment households. 

How much, Rayner asked, did the regular care worker get paid? Boris manufactured that stuttery noise Hugh Grant utilised to make in Richard Curtis flicks. 

Labour leader Keir Starmer (pictured right) skipped PMQs on Wednesday but is out of quarantine after he had been self-isolating for the past two days while one of his children awaited a result from one of the Government’s test centres.

Labour chief Keir Starmer (pictured suitable) skipped PMQs on Wednesday but is out of quarantine just after he experienced been self-isolating for the earlier two times whilst 1 of his small children awaited a outcome from just one of the Government’s take a look at centres.

‘Uh-uh-ugh, Mr Speaker. Uh-uh-uh.’ Chris Bryant (Lab, Rhondda) commenced imitating him. 

A number of other MPs joined in. SNP leader Ian Blackford permitted himself a vulpine smile. So did the Lib Dem’s Sir Ed Davey. 

Short odds are that neither pompous puffball had any clue possibly, but they were revelling in the PM’s discomfiture. 

At some point, Boris pointed out that workers were being paid significantly a lot more given that the Federal government executed the residing wage. 

THAT was Rayner’s finest minute. From then on, she went all wooden. That early zap deserted her. 

Turning her focus back again to tests, she essayed a gag about Dominic Cummings, suggesting that ‘the next time a person with indicators drives from London to Durham, it’ll possibly be for the closest Covid test’. 

It may well have examine properly for the duration of rehearsal but her delivery was clunkier than an old Lada Riva. 

Boris was much improved than in the previous couple of weeks, shaky start out aside. He was major and workmanlike. 

Johnson v Rayner: Boris Johnson's blood pressure hopped briefly following a silly suggestion from Rayner that the Government had allowed grouse shooting to continue simply because one of Boris’ donors

Johnson v Rayner: Boris Johnson’s blood tension hopped briefly pursuing a foolish suggestion from Rayner that the Authorities experienced permitted grouse shooting to proceed only for the reason that just one of Boris’ donors

Nor did he test to tough up or get smart with the stand-in oppo. As an alternative, he dealt with her with rare deference. ‘

Of course the Hon. Lady is proper to express the aggravation of people across this region about the significant demand from customers there is now for tests…’ 

His blood force hopped briefly adhering to a foolish recommendation from Rayner that the Federal government experienced allowed grouse capturing to go on simply just simply because a single of Boris’ donors, ex-Carphone Warehouse tycoon David Ross, owns a grouse moor. 

Appalled groans erupted from the federal government benches. Boris accused his opponents of ‘carping from the sidelines’ above ‘issues that are tangential’. Attacking country pursuits is of course a Labour obsession. 

There is in no way any thing to consider for the thousands of small-paid out personnel who rely on it as a livelihood. 

When Sir Lindsay Hoyle referred to as time, Rayner hovered for a when. She grinned at colleagues, flashing them a thumbs-up. 

It was definitely rather a minute for her and really appropriate far too. Such a pity people keep on being barred from the general public galleries.