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The Mirror’s Oliver Milne has more evidence of Sir Keir Starmer calling for children to be back in school months ago.

Keir Starmer backed schools returning in the chamber during an exchange with Boris Johnson on June 24.

He also wrote about how to get schools back for the Mirror five days earlier.

So it seems the PM either lied or forgot – both worrying.https://t.co/JeRRFDiJjF pic.twitter.com/BgIQYojP7O

PMQs is over, but the Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, allows a point of order.

It’s from Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminster. He says in August the Sun quoted a No 10 source blaming Blackford for revealing the location of the PM’s holiday in Scotland. He says this was a political smear. He says he did not reveal where the PM was staying, and was not aware of it. He says this has resulted in Blackford himself, and his family, facing security threats. He says Johnson’s face in the chamber suggests he does not take this seriously, but it is a serious matter.

Ferocious midge count in Wester Ross tonight, I hear. Must be bad if you’re fair-skinned and camping.

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