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Leaked Memo Shows Tories Were Told To Accuse Labour Of "Talking To Themselves" In Queen's Speech Response

A leaked memo shows the questions Tory MPs were told to ask after this week's Queen's Speech (Alamy)

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A leaked memo shows a list of questions written by the Conservative party's research departments for Tory MPs to use in the Queen's Speech debate.

The document, which was also obtained by The Spectator, has 'Conservative Research Department' printed in the top left-hand corner and suggests ten questions for backbenchers to use during the ongoing House of Commons debate on the government's legislative agenda.

The questions are predictably highly supportive and full of praise for the 38 Bills being brought forward by Prime Minister Boris Johnson during this parliamentary session.

Questions include: "does my Right Honorable Friend agree it is always the Conservative party that the electorate can trust to deliver on their promises?", and: "does my Right Honorable Friend agree that whilst the Labour Party spend their time playing political games and talking to themselves, about themselves, it is the Conservative government that is getting on with the job, showing global leadership, easing the cost of living, boosting our economy, and levelling up every corner of our country?".

However, not one of the questions suggested by the Tory party's research unit was by Conservative MPs during the debate on Tuesday, when the memo was shared with PoliticsHome.

Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael said: "In years gone by, ambitious Conservative backbenchers would have been climbing over each other to ask questions like these from CCHQ to get noticed.

"But not only were none of these questions used, this was left lying around in the Commons tea room. It's a sign of just how much trouble Boris Johnson is in over partygate, his lies and failure to act on the cost of living crisis."

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