Corbyn at PMQs

How will Corbyn fare at PMQs? Here he is getting handbagged by a dose of Thatcherite reality… Totally owned.

Labour Could Do Worse Than Harriet

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The Labour party is now so broken, so foaming and fitting it’s calling Harriet Harman a Tory. She is supporting the idea that the state shouldn’t necessarily be paying benefits for impecunious women to have twelve children. This makes her Norman Tebbit in a frock.

She stood up at PMQs to long Conservative cheers, applause, acclaim. How pleased they were with her. “One of us! One of us!”

The Speaker, now a toad beneath the Tory harrow made no attempt to control them. His livelihood is dependent on pleasing his erstwhile enemies who had been his erstwhile friends and who are currently his masters.

Harriet, in her big white power jacket, looked better and sounded more leaderly than any of the leadership candidates. She doesn’t have Cooper’s vinegary misery-mongering, or Burnham’s SpAd mentality, and she’s got fifty kilos on Kendall. That’s all good. She’s also fractionally less left wing than front runner Jeremy Corbyn. Labour could do worse than Harriet. And almost certainly will.

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PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham)

Q2 Philip Davies (Shipley) 

Q3 Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley)

Q4 Bob Blackman (Harrow East)

Q5 Scott Mann (North Cornwall) 

Q6 Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central) 

Q7 Paul Flynn (Newport West) 

Q8 Will Quince (Colchester) 

Q9 Judith Cummins (Bradford South)

Q10 Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish) 

Q11 Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck (South Shields) 

Q12 Mr Robin Walker (Worcester) 

Q13 Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West and Royton)

Q14 Martin John Docherty (West Dunbartonshire)
When he next plans to meet the First Minister of Scotland. 

Q15 Jenny Chapman (Darlington) 

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Pre-Budget PMQs: Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East)

Q2 Chris Davies (Brecon and Radnorshire)

Q3 Kirsten Oswald (East Renfrewshire) 

Q4 Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) 

Q5 Valerie Vaz (Walsall South) 

Q6 Jeff Smith (Manchester, Withington) 

Q7 Teresa Pearce (Erith and Thamesmead)

Q8 Karin Smyth (Bristol South)

Q9 Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Selly Oak)

Q10 Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham) 

Q11 Heather Wheeler (South Derbyshire)

Q12 Mark Spencer (Sherwood)

Q13 Michelle Donelan (Chippenham) 

Q14 Justin Madders (Ellesmere Port and Neston) 

Q15 Caroline Nokes (Romsey and Southampton North) 

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Catch-Up Service: PMQs in Full

Did you miss PMQs? Watch the whole thing in full below:

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SKETCH: Ladies Tennis, ISIS and EVEL MacSporrans

Were they tails that the Speaker was wearing, and a waistcoat? Is he finally dressing the part? It’s cruellest trick he’s playing on his critics. He’s turning himself into a decent Speaker. Acting the part, dressing the part, sounding the part. He doesn’t even intervene with his tortured Macaulay-isms to kick things along (and as a result, for the first time ever he didn’t get through the order paper). He’s obviously settling in for the duration. He will die in office and even then he will not quit.

Harriet played a pleasant, polite and perfectly charming game of ladies’ tennis with the prime minister. In their exchanges, they mused about Heathrow, the death of tourists, the Prevent program and how it hadn’t succeeded in preventing anything. So now, it appears there is “a statutory duty on public bodies to challenge radicalisation.”

But how?

For politicians the first tactic is to manipulate the language. Continue reading

“Dodgy” Dave v “Jurassic Park” Skinner

Labour are boarding the outrage bus after Flashman Cam snapped back at Dennis Skinner’s “Dodgy Dave” jibe by calling him “Jurassic Park” at PMQs:

The PM had to apologise when he called Skinner a “dinosaur” back in 2012…

PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Clearly it has escaped Labour MP Graham Allen that there are more important things going on than dreary PMQs navel-gazing:

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Angela Crawley (Lanark and Hamilton East)

Q2 Mark Durkan (Foyle) 

Q3 Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham) 

Q4 Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) 

Q5 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North)
If he will hold discussions with his Cabinet colleagues to review the effect on voters’ perceptions of Parliament of Prime Minister’s Question Time. 

Q6 Neil Gray (Airdrie and Shotts) 

Q7 Edward Argar (Charnwood)

Q8 Cat Smith (Lancaster and Fleetwood) 

Q9 Alok Sharma (Reading West) 

Q10 Chris Law (Dundee West) 

Q11 Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover) 

Q12 Clive Lewis (Norwich South)

Q13 Dr Rupa Huq (Ealing Central and Acton) 

Q14 Jo Cox (Batley and Spen)

Q15 Graham Stuart (Beverley and Holderness) 

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PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes)

Q2 Richard Harrington (Watford) 

Q3 Andrea Jenkyns (Morley and Outwood)

Q4 Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton)

Q5 Teresa Pearce (Erith and Thamesmead) 

Q6 William Wragg (Hazel Grove) 

Q7 Rishi Sunak[…]

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A Glimpse Into the Sort of PMQs Bercow is Trying to Make the Norm

So, there’s a prime minister in waiting. Gallery reports of his sneeriness should be discounted.

True, even when he isn’t sneering, he still wears a sub-cutaneous sneer, an impression of a sneer, some sort of metaphysical sneer plays around him […]

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PMQs LIVE: Osborne Audition Edition

Dave is in Europe so George Osborne takes his first PMQs, up against Hilary Benn. Here’s who will be asking the questions:

Q1 Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East)

Q2 Nigel Huddleston (Mid Worcestershire) 

Q3 Mr David Lammy (Tottenham) 

Q4 Richard Harrington

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PMQ’s SKETCH: Where Was the Eton Gloating Song?

Harriet was always going to use that line about gloating.

The PM is back to his easy, lordly form. He deflected hostile questions (“It’s an important point she raises.”) He congratulated opposition MPs. He made a pretty decent […]

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