The Staggers 4 November 2020 What we learned from this week's PMQs Boris Johnson won't condemn Donald Trump's claims of electoral “fraud”, and finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place over lockdown. Getty Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up The Prime Minister won't condemn Donald Trump's claims of election "fraud" Keir Starmer asked Boris Johnson to agree that it's “not for a candidate to decide which votes do and don't count” in the US election, following Donald Trump's claim that there has been a “major fraud on our nation” and that he has already won the election. Johnson declined to condemn the comments, saying simply: “We don't comment as UK government on the democratic processes of our friends and allies.” Boris Johnson is caught between a rock and a hard place on lockdown The Prime Minister found himself in the strange position at today's PMQs of justifying a second lockdown policy to his irate backbenchers, while insisting to Keir Starmer that the tiered approach –which rebel Tory MPs would prefer to see continued – was "working". It was evidence of a Prime Minister deeply conflicted about the action he is about to take, with Labour's support, and unable to give a full-throated defence of it, for fear of conceding the argument to Keir Starmer. Keir Starmer wants the second lockdown to continue beyond 2 December if the R rate isn't below 1 One issue did show a clear divide between Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer, however. The Prime Minister confirmed that the lockdown will end on 2 December, and that further restrictions would require another vote in the Commons, while Starmer argued that a lockdown should be continued if the R rate isn't below one. › From a young age Boris Johnson longed to be World King – but the gods are mocking him Ailbhe Rea is political correspondent at the New Statesman. She co-hosts the New Statesman podcast, discussing the latest in UK politics. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!