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Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner opened PMQs by asking Boris Johnson a question “from a man called Keir” as she quizzed him over coronavirus testing.

Ms Rayner deputised for Sir Keir Starmer in the Commons after the Labour leader had to self-isolate while his child was waiting for the results of a Covid-19 test.

She told the Commons: “Keir wasn’t able to go to work today and his children couldn’t go to school because his family had to wait for their coronavirus test results, despite the Prime Minister’s promise of results within 24 hours.

“Keir was able to do the right thing and self-isolate and work from home, but other people aren’t in this position – many of them are the very people getting us through this crisis. Like the care workers that I used to work alongside before I was elected to this House.”

Ms Rayner continued by asking Mr Johnson what the average hourly rate for a carer in the UK was, adding that the Prime Minister once earned £2,300 an hour.

She said: “So can the Prime Minister tell us what is the average hourly rate for a care worker in this country?”

Boris Johnson did not answer how much a care worker earned 

Mr Johnson responded by saying that he understood a negative test had been returned for Sir Keir’s child , adding: “I don’t know why he is not here.”

Mr Johnson did not answer how much a care worker earned. However, he said his Government were committed to instituting a living wage.

Ms Rayner went on to make a dig at Mr Johnson’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, who sparked furore when he travelled to Durham with his family during lockdown.

She said: “Next time a man with Covid-19 symptoms drives from London to Durham it will probably be for the nearest Covid test.”

Ms Rayner also said Mr Johnson needed to “get some skates on” in delivering testing and PPE to care homes ahead of winter.

She said: “I must say to the Prime Minister get some skates on it. Those care workers are still not getting the PPE they need, they’re still not getting the testing they need.

“So I urge the Prime Minister to get on top of this problem now before the winter crisis hits.

“The Prime Minister has put his faith in Operation Moonshot, but meanwhile on planet Earth there are no NHS tests available for several high-infection areas.”

She asked: “Can the Prime Minister confirm yes or no, do all care homes in this country have weekly tests?”

Mr Johnson replied: “Yes, to the best of my knowledge care homes in this country… should get weekly tests for all staff members and tests every 28 days for those who are in the care homes, the residents in the care homes.”

The PM went on to urge only those who need a test to get one. He said: “The British people, quite understandably, are responding to that system, with a huge, huge surge in demand.

“And so it’s very important that everybody follows the guidance about when they should be getting a test.”