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The Speaker has granted Labour the chance to ask Mr Johnson to make a statement on claims of an illegal party event held in the Downing Street garden on May 20 2020 when the country was still in lockdown.

A member of the Government will be forced to respond to the question at 12.30pm, with Ms Rayner warning the Prime Minister not to send a junior minister to answer questions in his place.

Cabinet ministers rarely attend the Commons themselves to answer urgent questions but there is intense pressure on Mr Johnson to make a personal appearance given the outrage at the accusations of rulebreaking at the heart of the Government.

Ms Rayner said: “I really hope Boris Johnson takes this opportunity to answer questions.

“We all sacrificed so much. We have a right to know.

“If you have a story to share about May 20 2020 please get in touch.”

More to follow…

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