Tory MP upstaged by Queen statue on Zoom call during PMQs - 'Exactly what I needed!'

Fay Jones, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, dialled in to the session this afternoon from her home in and eagle-eyed viewers were quick to spot a familiar figure behind her. A miniature model of the wearing a pink suit and matching hat could be seen surrounded by statues of corgis. One person asked: “Is that a figurine of the Queen and two corgis behind Fay Jones?”

Another said: “Love Fay Jones’ cut out Queen and corgis.”

Sebastian Payne from the Financial Times tweeted: “Fay Jones has one of those pink statues of the Queen that waves with solar power.

“Not waving today – a shame a day after her Majesty’s 94th birthday.”

Ms Jones replied by saying the model does not in fact wave but the dog statues cause her trouble.

“She doesn’t wave sadly,” explained Ms Jones.

“Her Majesty is a cardboard statue. The corgis are a nightmare though.”

When one social media user scolded the politician for talking about her royal memorabilia during the coronavirus crisis, another defended the light-hearted conversation.

“We are allowed a moment of levity in dark times,” they said.

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Wednesday marked his first turn at the dispatch box as leader of the opposition party after he took over from Jeremy Corbyn earlier this month.

He pressed the Foreign Secretary on COVID-19 testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline medical staff.

And he attacked Mr Raab for "correcting" him on the figures.

Mr Raab told the Labour leader: "Since the start of the outbreak, we've delivered one billion items of personal protective equipment and tens of millions have been distributed via the devolved administrations."

Some British manufacturers said their offers to help supply PPE have fallen on deaf ears and claim they have been "ignored" by officials.

But Mr Raab said 8,000 businesses have offered PPE "and every business receives a response".

But care homes across the UK have said they are “fighting” to get their hands on essential PPE for staff.

Joyce Pinfield, who is on the board of directors of the National Care Association, said that care homes have been "left in the lurch" and are having to source equipment from various organisations "hoping that they are bona fide providers of PPE".

"We're all fighting to obtain our own PPE," she explained.

"It's been really left open to anybody who can import it or produce it emailing care providers and then they seem to be able to charge what they like.

"Just for basic surgical masks, we used to be paying something like 9p each plus VAT, at the moment it can range up to £2.20 per mask."

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