Sir Keir Starmer accused the Prime Minister of reading “pre-prepared answers” rather than addressing national security concerns.
But Boris Johnson replied in the Commons: “There’s no other Government in the world that takes more robust steps to protect our democracy, to protect our critical national infrastructure and to protect our intellectual property from interference by Russia or by anybody else.”
Mr Johnson said the criticisms are “motivated by a desire to undermine the referendum” on EU membership.
Sir Keir pressed for action against “Kremlin-backed disinformation” and suggested the Prime Minister should “look again” at the licensing for broadcaster RT, formerly Russia Today, to operate in the UK.
Mr Johnson said Sir Keir should have called out Labour former leader Jeremy Corbyn “when he took money for appearing on Russia Today”, adding: “The Leader of the Opposition has more flip-flops than Bournemouth beach.”
Tory MP Alexander Stafford (Rother Valley) was then accidentally called early by the Speaker before Sir Keir could ask his sixth question.
Published: 22/07/2020 by Radio NewsHub