THE Tories have crowned Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister without him saying a single word about how he would run the country and without anyone having the chance to vote.

This is the same Rishi Sunak who as Chancellor failed to grow the economy, failed to get a grip on inflation, and failed to help families with the Tory cost of living crisis.

With his record - and after Liz Truss comprehensively beat him over the summer - it’s no wonder he dodged scrutiny. Rishi Sunak has no mandate and no idea what working people need. We need a general election so the public get a say on the future of Britain – and the chance for a fresh start with Labour.

Amid the chaos of recent weeks, I raised the issue of pensions during the then new Chancellor’s economic update to Parliament, saying: “The chaos in the bond markets impacting on pensions was a result of decisions by the Right Hon Gentleman’s Government, his party and his Prime Minister. Can he tell us whether all pension funds are secure, what is the value of the total losses, and what actions will he be taking to ensure that people can have confidence in their pensions? Why should they ever trust the Tories with their pensions again?”

I also spoke in the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill, and led for Labour in two legislation committees relating to Sanctions.

And in Business Questions I spoke up for constituents hit by the Government’s failure to provide answers on how the energy bills support scheme will work for them, saying: “The problem with the chaos in the Government is that it delays getting answers to real-world problems our constituents face. My constituents in the Hayes Point apartments in Sully have been struggling to get an answer on when they will get payments from the energy bills support scheme. They come under the ‘Alternative Fund’, which is for those who do not have a direct relationship with an electricity supplier. I have been trying to get answers from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on this. Those people have not had their money as others up and down the country have. Can the Leader of the House urgently chase an answer and a statement from the Secretary of State, so that they know when they will get support with their energy bills?”