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PMQS: Why are MPs wearing wheat on lapels at PMQs?

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Prime Minister’s Question’s today saw the Labour Party asking several questions about the recent issues with the Government’s test and trace system and further questions regarding the new restrictions being introduced on Monday, September 14. But why are all MPs wearing wheat on their lapels?

Mr Johnson will now officially announce social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from Monday at a news conference at 4pm on Wednesday.

But ahead of this announcement, the PM faced criticism from MPs at the House of Commons during the PMQs.

Sir Keir questioned Mr Johnson about coronavirus and the testing regime being “on the verge of collapse”.

The Labour leader asked who the PM thought is responsible for these testing issues, to which Mr Johnson said he would take “responsibility” for the Government’s management of the pandemic.

Mr Johnson said the incidences where people have struggled to get tests is due to the success of the Test and Trace scheme. 

He said capacity increasing to 320,000 a day has attracted greater demand.

Some people are not following the guidelines and that is why we are taking “decisive steps” to “intensify” our social distancing measures, to keep the economy going, keep schools open and keep this virus under control Mr Johnson added.

The PM also said he “expects everybody in this country to obey the law”, paving the way for his speech later today.

Why were MPs wearing wheat at the PMQs today?

MPs wore an unusual accessory as Mr Johnson faced several questions on coronavirus tests, Brexit and Scottish independence. 

The unusual accessory worn by several MPs was an ear of wheat pinned to their lapels.

The ear of wheat was worn by MPs in a bid to show support for the Back British Farming campaign aimed at raising awareness of the industry.

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