Boris Johnson was accused of either dodging questions or giving “dodgy answers” as he came under fire for the government’s Covid-19 contact-tracing app.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer cut a frustrated figure as he clashed with Johnson at PMQs over England’s readiness to ease lockdown restrictions.
The prime minister responded by urging Stamer to press Labour councils to encourage children to return to school when asked about the timescale for a working app to track people who have been in contact with someone with Covid-19.
Some £11.8m was spent by the government on developing its own NHSX app before it was ditched. It is now examining software created by Apple and Google to build one.
Speaking in the Commons, Starmer highlighted how two previous answers from the PM about a decrease in absolute child poverty and relative child poverty were judged “mostly false” by the office of the children’s commissioner for England.
He said another claim from the PM about fewer families living in poverty was also deemed “false”.
Starmer said of Johnson: “He’s been found out. He either dodges the question or he gives dodgy answers.
“No more witnesses, I rest my case. Will the prime minister do the decent thing and correct the record in relation to child poverty?”
Johnson replied: “I’m happy to point out to my learned friend that actually there are 100,000 fewer children in absolute poverty and 500,000 falling below the thresholds of low income and material deprivation.”