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Keir Starmer is expected to question the PM on climate matters ahead of the COP26 summit which kicks off on Sunday after the UN issued a bleak warning over missed targets. The leader of the Opposition is also likely to mention the Queen’s absence which was confirmed by Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

The news was a fresh blow to the PM who predicted the summit would be “very, very tough”.

The Queen will miss the conference following recent advice from doctors who said she needs to rest.

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SNP supporters celebrate Queen’s ill health

SNP supporters callously celebrated the Queen’s recent health woes by saying it strengthens the argument for Scotland becoming independent. 

User Jayfer55 #ScottishIndependence describes herself as a Scottish independence supporter who wants “a brighter future for my grandchildren NOW”.

She told her 3,500 followers: “GOOD #ScottishIndependence10.

“#COP26Glasgow Queen won’t be attending Cop26 summit in Glasgow, Buckingham Palace says.”

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Masks in Commons made compulsory, except for MPs

Ahead of PMQ’s, face coverings have been made mandatory for everyone working in the House of Commons except MPs.

In updated guidance, the Commons authorities said all staff, visitors, contractors, and pres must cover their faces. 

However, it remains up to individual MPs to decide whether to follow suit. 

Health secretary Sajid Javid confirmed he would be wearing a mask for the Budget announcement when he chamber is likely to be full. 

Queen ‘regretfully’ not attending

A spokesperson confirmed the Queen would “regretfully” not be attending the conference in Glasgow.

They said: “Following advice to rest, the Queen has been undertaking light duties at Windsor Castle.

“Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the Evening Reception of COP26 on 1 Monday, November.

“Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message.”

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