January 22nd, 2014

PMQs Live Chat: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Edition

At 12.00pm: Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Stephen Timms (East Ham) If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 22 January.

Q2 Nick de Bois (Enfield North)

Q3 Duncan Hames (Chippenham)

Q4 Mr Steve Reed (Croydon North)

Q5 Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton)

Q6 Simon Kirby (Brighton, Kemptown)

Q7 Phil Wilson (Sedgefield)

Q8 Christopher Pincher (Tamworth)

Q9 David T. C. Davies (Monmouth)

Q10 Ann McKechin (Glasgow North)

Q11 Mark Pawsey (Rugby)

Q12 Mr Michael McCann (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)

Q13 Emma Reynolds (Wolverhampton North East)

Q14 Jonathan Lord (Woking)

Q15 Damian Hinds (East Hampshire)

Comments in the comments please…


  1. 1
    Missing Ed says:

  2. 2
    Steve Miliband says:

    Jonty Lord gets a question

  3. 3
    Ed Miliband says:

    Thith ith getting Thyria and Thyria.

  4. 4
    What the Doctor ordered says:

    had any post neo-classical endogenous growth lately Ed?

  5. 5
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Whatever happened to Jonty?

  6. 6
    Despicable says:

    Using a dead child to make political point…classy..

  7. 7
    retardEd Miliband says:

    It ith a loth of unemployment cwithith.

  8. 8
    Steve Miliband says:


  9. 9
    No Camwron, you got that wrong too says:

    British taxpayers don’t want their money sent to Syria.

  10. 10
    England is full says:

    No more refugees thanks Ed

  11. 11
    Steve Miliband says:

    Can we have Punch and Judy back please zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  12. 12
    Round the Bend says:

    Miliband ‘ take a few hundred as a token’ tokenism is what labour is about.

  13. 13
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Labour are sinking to a new low. Miliband plays politics with Syrian children. Miliband is one sick person.

  14. 14
    nell says:

    so is bullyballs sitting in the front row making that flat lining gesture this morning?

  15. 15
    punch and judy says:

    do people really want boring sensible non combative PMQ’s…..

  16. 16
    C.O.Jones says:

    Anyone else having trouble logging on to parliament tv? Site will not load for me.

  17. 17
    Round the Bend says:

    “Oh! yes we do”

  18. 18
    Cathy Ashton EU High Rpresentative on Foreign Aaffairs,Protege of Gordon Brown says:

    No discussions with the Un over Syrian refugees,this is a Islamic civil war fuck all to dow with us,no more aid no more refugees.

  19. 19
    The youth would know says:

    Is that the ‘loser’ gesture Miliband is making?

  20. 20
    C.O.Jones says:

    Finally got on.

  21. 21
    People says:

    No we do not.

  22. 22
    gesture politics says:

    ed has a new use for his finger…

  23. 23
    Define Poverty says:

    Define Poverty.

    Define Poverty.

    Define Poverty.

  24. 24
    Nonsense says:

    13 million in poverty…what a load of bollocks!

  25. 25
    Ed's definition of Poverty is most Strange says:

    13 million in poverty? What a load of Bollocks.

  26. 26
    Round the Bend says:

    Bullingdon club – Ed has lost it

  27. 27
    Balls says:

    Seriously?..he’s reduced to Bullingdon club jibes again.
    That man is a nincompoop

  28. 28
    Keith Miliband says:

    Miliband is such a Keith

  29. 29
    Rubbish says:

    Fuck off Duncan Hames…..Syria is taking care of its terrorist insurgency.
    We should offer them support.

  30. 30
    O-Level History says:

    Doh, Britain created Syria and drew up most of the borders in the region.

  31. 31
    M102 says:

    An assured and robust performance from Ed Miliband who just got his arse handed to him on a plate.

  32. 32
    Persona non grata says:

    A tyrant who turns on his own people, has he forgotten Blair, and the current incumbent.

  33. 33
    Cathy Ashton EU High Rpresentative on Foreign Aaffairs,Protege of Gordon Brown says:

    Steve Reed another parliamentary fudge packer the place is full of them.

  34. 34
    Dr Doom says:

    No comment

  35. 35
    Aussie says:

    Hopefully it will be a lively one!

    P.S. Cricket fans might enjoy this http://theoccasionalpigeonuk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/england-cricket-fans-relieved-to-have.html

  36. 36
    Scumbags says:

    Well said, Dodds. Tell the Republic of Ireland to come claim about how they facilitated IRA terrorism.

  37. 37
    Gay Vim says:

    Forty days of Rain in Brighton forecast

  38. 38
    I am a Tory. says:

    Phil Wilson fucking North East Labour fucker thick as a plamk and a serial trougher.

  39. 39
    Mr Happy says:

    We are all filthy rich.

    80% of us can afford to go on holiday.

    Just rejoice at the ever increasing good news and if you can point out the 20% of wasters for comment and social and economic exclusion so much the better.

  40. 40
    Woooeeeeooooowwoo says:

    Is there a competition between the North East MPs to speak with the broadest accent, and be least intelligible

  41. 41
    Mr Happy says:

    Anyone with half a brain got out of Syria years ago.

  42. 42
    nell says:

    According to labour you are living in poverty if you don’t have a top of the range car, a 42″ flat screen tv, all children in the household having laptops and xboxs and mum in the kitchen having dishwasher and all mod cons.

    It is also, according to labour, a sign of extreme poverty if you have to go to work to earn it.

  43. 43
    Del Boy says:

    You should set that Mogg bloke on them

  44. 44
    John Motson's Sheepskin says:

    Miliband was useless.


  45. 45
    Bye Bye Jock MPs says:

    Never mind Jocks, you will be free soon.

    I hope

  46. 46
    I am a Tory. says:

    Low wage economies equals Labour constituencys.

  47. 47
    Georgie Osborne's blue and white army says:

    Keep up the good work.

  48. 48
    nell says:

    Try accessing through BBCi

  49. 49
    Georgie Osborne's blue and white army says:

    Give a Geordie a bowl of rice and he will work all day.

  50. 50
    Ed's having a bad day says:

    Even Clegg laughs and smiles at Vote Consrvative.

  51. 51
    Georgie Osborne's blue and white army says:

    That is what they are all going to do in Sheffield come the next Election.

  52. 52
    Swap,shop says:

    Is that Noel Edmonds sitting beside Cameron?

  53. 53
    Georgie Osborne's blue and white army says:

    That will keep the gypsies away then.

  54. 54
    Anonymous says:

    He seemed to be pointing down, presumably at his fat belly

  55. 55
    Doalite says:

    Poverty is not being able to afford takeaway food for my kids

  56. 56
    William Morris says:

    I think it might be a wise step to introduce all night voting booths because these Yorkies are so idle these days they can hardly get out of bed before Emmerdale.

  57. 57
    Errr says:

    The supporter of Muslims who was killed by Muslims?
    That one?

  58. 58
    The Foreign Secretary says:

    “Reed lives with his partner in Streatham. His interests include cooking, camping and cycling. He has two cats.”

    I would.

  59. 59
    Max Clifford says:

    No it is definitely Rolf Harris.

  60. 60
    Fungi says:

    And micro chips for the bairns. Hic

  61. 61
    moderate me would you? says:

    If they don’t like them they can draw their own borders. They’re independent now. Fuck all to do with us.

  62. 62
    Ed Millibrain says:

    We have no credible economic policy, so smearing the Tories as posh and out of touch is the only hope we have of getting votes

  63. 63
    The only good Socialist is a dead Socialist says:

    If you walk down Kiev High Street you get a bullet between your shoulder blades.

    What has he got to moan about?

  64. 64
    England is full says:

    Del Thing

  65. 65
    Lefty Sack Cloth and ashes says:

    Why whenever a lefty Dies does PMQs have to be taken up with tributes? This is neither the time nor the place.

  66. 66
    Ed Miliband says:

    Islam has to many branches. A Labour government will force them to sell off unproductive branches.

  67. 67
    Theresa May MP says:

    One should always be gracious in victory.

  68. 68
    moderate me would you? says:

    It should be filled with balloons and bunting.

  69. 69
    I am a Tory. says:

    Huw Wanker Davies says it all

  70. 70
    .. says:

    Party poppers too.

  71. 71
    Georgie Osborne's blue and white army says:

    You mean no squadies have had their throats cut in the last week

  72. 72
    Polly Garter says:

    Leave the Welsh out of this.

  73. 73
    Tescos says:

    And LED flashing fairy lights.

  74. 74
    Anonymous says:

    And Asda own brand ginger nuts with the tea and coffees

  75. 75
    nell says:

    Ah too much good living at our expense.

  76. 76
    moderate me would you? says:

    You spoil us ambassador.

  77. 77
    Lord Duckhouse of Pondlife says:

    It could have some use – maybe to illustrate the ‘Laffer curve’?

  78. 78
    i am steve jobs says:

    yu got a job.

  79. 79
    White Dee says:


    That’s just for the little portable in the kitchen yeah? I need sumfink to watch Jeremy Kyle on when I am slaving away cooking the kids’ micro chips.

  80. 80
    The Institute of Socialists Economists says:

    What is the Prime Minister going to do about the Full Employment crisis ?

  81. 81
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:


  82. 82
    Del Boy says:

    I bet his partner is never bored though.

  83. 83
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Is Islam a producer or a predator.

  84. 84
    Ed Ball's Belly says:

    But when Labour conveniently define poverty as a percentage, how are you ever going to get rid of poverty when there will always be a bottom 20%?

  85. 85
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:

    Two sacred cows slain in one fell swoop.

  86. 86
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    If they all broke wind at the same time I am sure they could still reach their targets.

  87. 87
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Where would labours new towns be built? Green field sites?

  88. 88
    I Want Bennies I Need Me Bennies! says:

    Not as using one to claim child tax credits 3 years and still not rumbled!

  89. 89
    i am steve jobs says:

    post is neo.

  90. 90
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Bored stiff, so they say.

  91. 91
    Realpolitik says:

    I think just about everyone is playing politics with Syrian children surely?

  92. 92
    Ian Smith says:

    Universal Credit will be delivered on time and on budget.

  93. 93
    moderate me would you? says:

    Huge amounts of land all over the place.

    There’s no shortage of land for building.

    The problem is the artificial planning constraints. Remove the constraints, revive the economy. Cheaper houses for everybody.

    What’s not to like?

  94. 94

    All Barroso emissions should be reduced drastically.

  95. 95
    neo says:

    maa is new,
    father says farther. ba bah bhla twinning.
    ealing. ache. winger .
    yu debs.

  96. 96
    moderate me would you? says:

    Depends if they’re male or female.

  97. 97
    Nasal Ed says:

    I started with a question on Syria as I needed a quick win before moving on to the unemployment figures

  98. 98
    Tosser Dave says:

    Great News! I managed to keep the Deficit down to only £12.1 BILLION in December.

    That’s ONLY £390 million per day, or £6+ extra debt for every man woman and child in the country each day, every fucking day.

    I’ve been in “power2 now for nearly four years, together with Nickelarse. We are united in failure.

    Never mind, it’s all the fault of Gorgon & Co. — of course, and not my fucking overspending.

  99. 99

    What about the deep fried Mars bars?

    Don’t caring mums bother with these any more?

  100. 100
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Is there a brown field site big enough for one of labours new towns?

  101. 101
    moderate me would you? says:

    It was never a Brummie delicacy.

    I have to say though, we had an ethnic night in Scotland one time so bought a deep-fried mars bar and some Buckfast.

    Better than it sounds.

  102. 102
    Gordon Brown says:

    I handed over a booming economy, ended boom and bust, and they still threw me out, why?

  103. 103

    Apparently, 25% of UK citizens can’t afford a foreign holiday. 13.000.000 sounds about right on Labour’s definition of poverty.

  104. 104
    The BBC says:

    No, it was another triumph for Ed, because people have tweeted us to tell us so.

  105. 105
    Uncle Joe says:

    Ok a bullet instead of a bayonet I’m reasonable.

  106. 106

    The bloke who used to run this gaff would always have an article teed up to post immediately after PMQs had ended.

    The younger pretender has not cottoned onto that wise precaution yet.

  107. 107
    Anonymous says:

    You can’t deny the economy went “boom” under Gordon

  108. 108
    moderate me would you? says:

    Why do we need a brown-field site?

    Salisbury plain is huge. You could build a city the size of London in there and still have a nice green belt all round it.

  109. 109
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    Unemployment is falling too far, too fast.

  110. 110
    Fish says:

    Not at akl bad when you consider the liabilities and broken benefits system left by Labour

  111. 111
    BOOOORING !!! says:

  112. 112
    Clear Blue Water says:

    Yes and they only just got rid of you! That clown Cameron could not win outright against the worse PM since the 30s! Coalition awaits us again in 2015 with only constant being those utter scrim shankers the LibDems! What a f_cking outcome Cameron really is selling us to the dogs and heaping the debt on whilst doing it.

  113. 113

    I tried to buy some Buckfast last time I was back in the UK, just to experience what all the fuss was about.

    The girl at Tescos looked at me in bemusement when I asked her if they stocked it. They didn’t.

    Always take some souvenir postcards with me when I come home and she looked quite nice. So I gave her one.

  114. 114
    I like beer says:

    Does the Prime Minister think it morally right and defensible that people with unspent criminal convictions should be finding themselves favored with Government sponsored sinecures ?

  115. 115

    Possibly because you transformed boom and bust into bust and bankrupt?

  116. 116

    І trіеd tо bυy ѕоmе Bυсkfаѕt lаѕt tіmе І wаѕ bасk іn thе UK, jυѕt tо еxpеrіеnсе whаt аll thе fυѕѕ wаѕ аbоυt.

    Thе gіrl аt Tеѕсоѕ lооkеd аt mе іn bеmυѕеmеnt whеn І аѕkеd hеr іf thеy ѕtосkеd іt. Thеy dіdn’t.

    Аlwаyѕ tаkе ѕоmе ѕоυvеnіr pоѕtсаrdѕ wіth mе whеn І соmе hоmе аnd ѕhе lооkеd qυіtе nісе. Ѕо І gаvе hеr оnе.

  117. 117
    Ed Miliband says:

    The government has created too many jobs Mr Speaker, our core voters the benefit scroungers will have to work. Who will vote for us now Mr Speaker.

  118. 118
    Tony Blair and Peter Mandleson says:

    Do you mean us?

  119. 119
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    But Miliband hasn’t stood for PM yet.

  120. 120
    A Ship's Lawyer says:

    A Prime Minister who openly now encourages Job Centres to refer people to Food Banks is simply not a Prime Minister to lead people to economic prosperity.

    He is neglecting his duty to the people.

  121. 121
    Food Bank says:

    There is no drop in unemployment. If you recently took a seasonal temp job you will now be unable to start a new claim.

  122. 122
    Lance Corporal Bill Bloggs (retired) says:

    To say nothing about him favoring a “small quota” of Syrians over the 20% of people he represents here who live in poverty.

  123. 123
    Thomas the Tank Engineer says:

    Excellent idea – we could house all those immigrants there.


    And the army could use it just the same as before.

  124. 124
    (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

    Why do you look so weird all the time, Ed?

  125. 125
    moderate me would you? says:

    Poverty? Like White Dee?

  126. 126
    Sunny Jim says:

    Yes, he’s the one who got Blair’s old constituency, Sedgefield. You could put a monkey in a red rosette up for election there & the locals would vote for it – oh, wait…

  127. 127
    (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

    Oo’s it gannin’, like?

  128. 128
    (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

    Concreting over OUR countryside for fucking immigrants! That’s what!

  129. 129
    North, but not Scotland says:

    The most amusing example was Peter Mandelson in Hartlepool. I used to go there with work, and the locals were embarrassed about their MP, but they still elected him. Shame the local Labia got rid of H’Angus.

  130. 130
    We need more immigration like arabs need more sand says:

    Tearing up our countryside to house people we don’t need, don’t want and will turn the native people into a minority within a couple of generations, doesn’t sound too clever.

    But if all you’re interested in is making a fast buck, or importing new voters, it probably makes perfect sense.

  131. 131
    Georgenron says:

    Trouble is the squeezed middle is shrinking and their better paid are scarcer. Few on low pay or zero hours will be voting Tory – Georgenron’s now going for broke with a house price boom and bust timed to pop just after the election.

  132. 132
    Mark wouters says:

    Ive continued to send sick notes into the dwp in Leeds ,west yorkshire since before october 2013,now the dwp have said they want sick notes from october 2013 to Janauery 2014 ,why ???as they have them i posted them in Leeds ,the GP hasnt given me a new one for this period ,WHY NOT ??? are the FUNDHOLDING GPs stealing the benefit money for themselves,???as these GPs are tory voters-supporters,perhaps the dwp are destroying them or stealing them to steal my benefit money or worse so that the government looks like its doing what it said.
    These are all fascists ,i still have no food and no money,and the MP in Leeds Hilary Benn seems to be totally disinterested.

  133. 133
    Anonymous says:

    Delete nincom.

  134. 134
    (Rarely) Dangerous Brian says:

    Especially the bas*ard Syrians.

  135. 135
    The Critic. says:

    Perhaps an offshore facility? Middle of the North Sea?

  136. 136
    SarumSea says:

    Oh bugger, you’ve spotted the flaw in the argument.
    I guess someone would eventually.

  137. 137
    SarumSea says:

    I think not.

  138. 138
    SarumSea says:

    No one “stands” for PM.
    The party leader could lose his seat!

  139. 139
    SarumSea says:

    Remember new roads create more traffic?
    Perhaps Food Banks create more people who like the idea of free food.
    Think I might nip up there later.

  140. 140
    (Rarely) Dangerous Brian says:

    Blair and Assad, best of pals 4 years ago if I remember correctly.
    The Real Politik kicking in again Tony?

  141. 141
    (Rarely) Dangerous Brian says:

    Just a thought, but if Parliament is to be truly representative aren’t there a few too many shirtlifters (percentage wise?).

  142. 142
    (Rarely) Dangerous Brian says:

    Mandlesons thinking exactly.

  143. 143
    Casual Observer 2 says:

    Still no excuse for doubling the National Debt — fucking Camoron’s second biggest achievement after bumsex marriage.

    Dave is a gay loving spendthrift t(u)rd.

  144. 144
    The Ukranians are revolting says:

    Looks like you are in a bit of a mess then.

    Best to get working to pay your way.

    Benefits aren’t the answer to your problem and don’t even think about going for a freebie at one of those food banks because we will shoot you if you try.

    There is no future in this new prosperous UK for moaners like you.

    Get into work and give us all a break.

    People like you are letting the country down

  145. 145


  146. 146
    A Prawn Sandwich says:

    It would have been nice if Mr Milliband and Mr Cameron could have got together at PMTs today and discussed future interest rate rises because we would all know exactly where we stand and could make logical decisions about what to do with our money.

  147. 147
    Cap OcHino says:

    Its a “lower deck lawyer” you fucking twat

  148. 148
    Cap OcHino says:

    Staying at o.5% until late 2015
    You heard it here first

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