PMQs LIVE: Rayner poised to battle Raab after Labour feud exposed leaving Starmer livid

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The Commons showdown comes after a damaging new Labour split emerged which is said to have left Sir Keir Starmer “livid”. The Labour leader was reportedly furious that Ms Rayner had decided to give her open backing to the rail strikes which brought the country to a halt. One Starmer ally told The Mail on Sunday: “Keir is livid – Angela has undermined his leadership and the party’s position on the strikes.” Today’s session of PMQs will begin at 12pm.

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Angela Rayner leaves Starmer embarrassed every time she does PMQs – MPs’ reaction is key

As Angela Rayner prepares to take PMQs today against Dominic Raab, Express.co.uk political correspondent Dan Falvey brings you up to speed analysis: 

Boris Johnson’s allies feared it was a bad idea to be out of the country for over a week, giving his critics time to plot his downfall.

But Sir Keir Starmer is surely the one who dreads the PM’s absences the most.

Dominic Raab has proven himself a safe pair of hands at batting off questions from Labour, the SNP and backbenchers when filling in for Mr Johnson, giving the Tories little to worry about today.

In comparison, Sir Keir must be a bag of nerves: every time Angela Rayner stands in at PMQs she shows up just how few blows he lands when doing the job.

The pair could not be more different in their approach.

Sir Keir is meticulous in his questioning of Mr Johnson, pouring over the details like the trained lawyer he is.

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