Boris Johnson mocks Ian Blackford's weight for second time at PMQs

Boris Johnson has sparked outrage after mocking Ian Blackford's weight for a second time at Prime Minister’s Questions.

The Prime Minister publicly mocked the weight of the SNP’s Westminster leader for a second time in two months.

Asked about the cost-of-living crisis, Mr Johnson responded by joking Mr Blackford was "a living testament to the benefits of moderation in all things".

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His comments prompted loud laughter from Tory MPs, as well as smiles from his ministers.

An SNP spokesperson said: "It's telling that Boris Johnson was more interested in making these snide remarks rather than being able to answer Ian Blackford's question on the Tory cost-of-living crisis hammering households and pushing people into poverty.

"Despite these personal insults, Ian Blackford and the SNP will keep our focus on what really matters to people right now – the cost-of-living emergency, which the Prime Minister and his Chancellor are failing to fix."

It comes two months on from Mr Johnson suggesting his political rival had been "eating more cake" than he had.

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SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. Picture date: Wednesday March 30, 2022.

The remark came during a session that also saw Mr Blackford accuse the Government of “partying through the cost-of-living emergency”.

He said: “Last night millions of families will have been desperately trying to figure out how they will possibly afford the £700 energy price hike that will hit them this Friday.

“At the very same time, Tory MPs were gathering across the street for a champagne bash in Park Plaza ... we all know that the Tories partied during lockdown and now they’re partying through the cost-of-living emergency.

“Last week the Chancellor got it badly, badly wrong with the Spring Statement and ever since the Prime Minster has been busy briefing against him, saying that more needs to be done. For once I agree with the Prime Minister.

“So if the Prime Minister really believes that more needs to be done, can he tell us exactly what he will order his Chancellor to do, to help the millions of families who are facing a £700 price hike this Friday?”

Mr Johnson replied: “The living wage is going up again by record amounts and thanks to what the Chancellor has done, we are putting £9.1 billion into helping people up and down the country.”


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