Labour leader Keir Starmer called for unity in parliament, as prime minister Boris Johnson announced the UK will be implementing further sanctions on Russia.
Starmer said during Prime Minister’s Questions that Labour would give support to legislation exposing the real owners of Russian-owned companies, while Johnson claimed no government could be doing more to combat the influence of Russian money.
Johnson also announced the UK will be providing further military aid to Ukraine, and congratulated Team GB’s curling teams for winning medals at the Winter Olympics.
Starmer said: “Will the prime minister work across the house to ensure that this is the end of the era of oligarchy impunity, by saying that this house of this country will no longer be home to their loot?”
Although attention has shifted from the Partygate controversy towards the Ukraine crisis, Johnson’s leadership has still faced personal pressure this week.
He issued a written statement today clarifying that, contrary to the prime minister’s comments in the Commons yesterday, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not one of the Russian oligarchs subject to sanctions – an admission that he had inadvertently misled the house.