PMQs: Johnson faces Starmer after Labour accuses PM of ‘stench of sleaze’ over texts to James Dyson – live

Latest updates: party critical over revelation that PM assured Dyson he would intervene over tax bills for staff

12.09pm BST

Starmer says thousands of businesses stepped up. But they did not all have the PM’s phone number.

He says thousands of jobs at Liberty Steel are on the line following the collapse of Greensill Capital. Is it one rule for those with the PM’s phone number and another rule for everyone else?

12.07pm BST

Starmer says James Dyson was lobbying for a change to tax rules. How many other people with the PM’s personal number have had preferential treatment?

Johnson says at the time Labour wanted everything done to get ventilators. Labour congratulated the government on what had been done. There were 9,000 ventilators in the country at the time. Some 22,000 were secured. That was the right thing to do. Tony Blair agrees, he says.

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