"Of course, I said no such thing because inflation is always something that we have to be careful about."

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister’s Questions

January 5, 2022

Facts

During PMQ’s, Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner claimed that Johnson had said in October that public fears about inflation were unfounded. 

This came as inflation was nearing 6%

Mr Johnson replied:  "Of course, I said no such thing because inflation is always something that we have to be careful about."

But in a clip shared by Sky News, when he was asked if he was worried about inflation by political editor Beth Rigby, the PM said: “People have been worrying about inflation for a very long time. I’m looking at robust economic growth, and by the way, those fears have been unfounded.” 

Verdict

Boris Johnson later declined a request by Angela Rayner to correct the record. This was one of a number of false claims made during PMQs on January 5 2022. This false claim remains on the Hansard record in defiance of the Ministerial Code.

We approached Mr Johnson’s office, the Cabinet Office and the No 10 Press Office to give them a chance to comment, but no reply.

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