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Is there PMQs today? Why Rishi Sunak isn’t facing Prime Minister’s Questions and when conference recess ends

There will be no Prime Minister’s Questions today as the House of Commons is recess for party conference season.

Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer normally face off every Wednesday, debating the biggest issues of the past week.

The televised sessions also give the public an opportunity to judge the two leaders as they vye for popularity ahead of the next general election.

When is the next PMQs?

Parliament broke up on Tuesday 19 September ahead of the various party conferences, and will return from its near month-long break on Monday 16 October.

This means the next PMQs will be on Wednesday 18 October, at its usual time of midday.

The Commons has a number of recesses throughout the year, with the next beginning on Tuesday 19 December for Christmas. MPs will return for the new year on Monday 9 January.

When are the party conferences?

The Liberal Democrats’ annual conference is happening this week, from 23-26 September in Bournemouth.

The Conservative Party conference is taking place between 1-4 October in Manchester.

Labour’s conference starts the following weekend, from 8-11 October in Liverpool.

The Greens are having their conference in Brighton from 6-8 October.

What’s happening in politics today?

The Prime Minister remains confident he will hit his target of halving inflation this year as a fall in the rate was announced on Wednesday.

Economists forecast that UK inflation in August rose from 6.8 per cent to 7.1 per cent as a result of a surge in petrol and diesel prices, but instead it fell slightly, to 6.7 per cent.

Mr Sunak has promised that inflation will drop to no more than 5.3 per cent by the end of 2023, one of his five key pledges to the electorate.

Asked whether the Prime Minister is still confident he will hit his target, a No 10 spokesman said: “Yes… We believe we are on the right track to halve inflation.

“We are making significant progress on it. We believe we are on the right track but are not complacent.#

“It illustrates yet again why we need to stick to the plan that we have set out.”

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