Boris Johnson challenges Jeremy corbyn to back October election
Meanwhile, No 10's decision to expel 21 Tory MPs for defying the party whip on Tuesday continues to cause recriminations in the party. One of those booted out of the party, Margot James, has publicly questioned the role played by Dominic Cummings, the PM's senior aide, in the decision. Raising the issue at PMQs, she urged Mr Johnson to bear in mind his predecessor Margaret Thatcher's famous adage that "advisers advise and ministers decide".
And in Scotland, a judge has rejected a bid to have Johnson's plan to shut down Parliament ahead of Brexit declared illegal. The showdown between the government and opponents of a no-deal Brexit will continue later as Labour and other opposition parties seek to pass a bill requesting a further delay if there is no deal by 19 October.