Who Will Challenge the PM?


The Foreign Secretary quickly cottoned on to the fact that this was not going to be the most riveting of PMQs bust-ups. That of course meant there was only one thing for it: time to get in a bit of light chin-wagging (read: serious ministerial business). Attempting to avoid detection or accusations of rudeness while his leader held court, Boris decided the best strategy would be The Cagney. Popularised by the black and white film star, this technique involves leaning in to one’s co-conspirator with head bowed and quickly yapping out the opposite side of the mouth: a useful tactic when stuck in the can. Unfortunately for Boris while the Cagney works a charm for Noo-Yawk lags on lockdown, it is rather less effective when attempted by a booming old Etonian with a penchant for peppering his sentences with Latin. He never was any good at “oratio sub rosa” (that’s “Boris” for “talking in secret”).

Proceedings had begun with all paying unreserved tribute to those lost in Aberfan Disaster, including the Labour leader. Naturally there will be those concerned that this indicates a breach of Corbyn’s Law, they need not worry – had Jeremy known of any other mass landslide casualties they would undoubtedly have been duly referenced. The leader of the opposition then decided to question his opposite number on mental health and the NHS. It’s a subject quite literally close to his heart as he has spent every Wednesday afternoon for the past year sitting a foot away from a man slowly losing his mind. Although fortunately Tom Watson did opt for the first time in PMQs to unclasp his hands, meaning that the small mouse he would usually crush over the course of your average session happily managed to survive this Wednesday.

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Theresa May’s Mrs Bone Innuendo

Theresa May has just said she hopes Peter Bone’s wife is going to treat his birthday “in the appropriate manner.” The Speaker can’t contain his excitement. Calm down man!

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PMQs: Who Is Asking The Questions Today?

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Oral Questions To The Prime Minister

Q1 Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough)

Q2 Lisa Nandy (Wigan)

Q3 Marcus Fysh (Yeovil)

Q4 Stephen Pound (Ealing North)

Q5 Nigel Adams (Selby and Ainsty)

Q6 Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)

Q7 Maria Eagle (Garston and Halewood)

Q8 Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham)

Q9 Anne McLaughlin (Glasgow North East)

Q10 Alison Thewliss (Glasgow Central)

Q11 Richard Fuller (Bedford)

Q12 Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland)

Q13 Lucy Powell (Manchester Central)

Q14 Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South)

Introducing Corbyn’s Law


Proceedings began with a lengthy discussion on the Member for Lichfield’s (now removed) prostate. The new, lighter, more streamlined Fabbers spoke of the treatment he received on the NHS, only to have the Labour leader somewhat rain on his parade in his opening remarks. “I obviously hope”, inquired a re-elected, reinvigorated Jeremy Corbyn, “that the treatment he got was the same as the treatment everybody else got?”

The implication here being that the NHS pay particular attention to the health of the glands should they be nestled inside a Tory MP, whereas for the rest of us serfs they just rip them out with some rusty pliers and then kick them up the corridors in a game of hacky sack. The House was not amused, forcing the Labour leader to plead “it’s not controversial, I’m just wishing him well, is that okay?”, before going on to smirk “sorry to start on such a controversial note Mr. Speaker, I do apologise”. It’s come to something when he can’t even successfully congratulate someone for beating cancer.

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Theresa May Burns Emily Thornberry

Phil Hammond enjoyed it.

PMQs: Who Is Asking The Questions Today?

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Paula Sherriff (Dewsbury)

Q2 Meg Hillier (Hackney South and Shoreditch) 

Q3 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield)

Q4 Steve Double (St Austell and Newquay) 

Q5 Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury and Atcham) 

Q6 Vernon Coaker (Gedling) 

Q7 Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate) 

Q8 Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering) 

Q9 Andrew Stephenson (Pendle)

Q10 Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South) 

Q11 Liz Saville Roberts (Dwyfor Meirionnydd) 

Q12 James Cartlidge (South Suffolk)

Q13 Fiona Bruce (Congleton) 

Q14 Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter) 

Q15 Victoria Prentis (Banbury) 

Corbyn Finds Safe Space

Theresa May began today’s PMQs with a requiem for her predecessor, opting in sombre tone to list the departing Member for Witney’s crowning achievements. He was, she opined, “a tremendous public servant”, whose tenure saw “the economy being stabilised..and people on low incomes being taken out of tax”. That was it: a two sentence elegy for a two bob Prime Minister whose achievements are so minor they could be comfortably rattled off without pause for breath.

In fact the only thing she missed out was the legalisation of same sex marriage. Marie Antoinette said “let them eat cake”, David Cameron said “let them…”. Well I digress. Either way both wound up with their heads chopped off a year later in the midst of a revolutionary uprising against a quasi-feudal chumocracy. Such is politics.

The Labour leader naturally decided to kick things off with his weekly memorial, bestowing on the lucky few the singular honour of his Parliamentary tribute. “Who this time?” The nation wondered. A fallen Hamas regional organiser? A PLO munitions supplier? The Grand Mufti of Gaza and the Occupied Territories perhaps? No, turns out not. This time Mr. Corbyn decided to pay his respects to the brave Police Constable who got shivved in Merseyside trying to arrest a rapist. What’s more, he didn’t even then go on to ask that we also pay our respects to all Police Constables around the world who get shivved trying to arrest a rapist, as he is so wont to do. Continue reading

PMQs: Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith)

Q2 Marcus Fysh (Yeovil)

QCraig Williams (Cardiff North) 

Q4 Victoria Atkins (Louth and Horncastle) 

Q5 Owen Thompson (Midlothian) 

Q6 Mr David Winnick (Walsall North)

Q7 Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield) 

Q8 Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) 

Q9 Lucy Frazer (South East Cambridgeshire)

Q10 Fiona Bruce (Congleton) 

Q11 Alex Cunningham (Stockton North) 

Q12 Tom Elliott (Fermanagh and South Tyrone) 

Q13 Mary Robinson (Cheadle) 

Q14 Lisa Nandy (Wigan) 

Q15 Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North) 

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More Than A Freudian Slip


And so we’re back, but from where? Well Theresa May chose to spend the Summer recess hiking with her husband Philip in the Swiss Alps: an interesting choice for a holiday jaunt and a million miles away from her predecessor’s Cornish jollies.[…]


PMQs: Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Thangam Debbonaire (Bristol West)

Q2 Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton)

Q3 Richard Arkless (Dumfries and Galloway) 

Q4 Lucy Frazer (South East Cambridgeshire) 

Q5 James Heappey (Wells) 

Q6 Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish)

Q7 Mr Bernard Jenkin (Harwich and North Essex) 

Q8 James Gray (North Wiltshire) 

Q9 Richard Fuller (Bedford) 

Q10 Charlie Elphicke (Dover) 

Q11 Ms Margaret Ritchie (South Down) 

Q12 Jeff Smith (Manchester, Withington) 

Q13 Julian Sturdy (York Outer) 

Q14 Helen Hayes (Dulwich and West Norwood) 

Q15 Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington) 

Comments in the comments…[…]


Oily’s Confused Advice to Corbyn for PMQs


Oily Smith has helpfully written to Jezza with some advice on tactics at PMQs:

“Of course, with six questions, you could cover more than one topic … although you know from your own experience that covering too many topics in one session can make the scrutiny less effective.”

Oily as always faces both ways and then splits the difference.[…]


Haven’t We Seen This One Before?


Last week the outgoing Prime Minister recalled being accosted when on a tour of New York with Mayor Bloomberg. “Hey, Cameron!” yelled a pedestrian, “Prime Minister’s Questions! We love your show!”. The House laughed, but it’s an interesting conceit, and one that is not without its merit.[…]


“Remind him of Anybody?”

Theresa May was sounding an awful lot like the last female PM, she opened with a jibe: “In my years here in this house, I’ve long heard the Labour party asking what the Conservative Party does for women. It keeps making us Prime Minister.”

She was at her most Thatcheresque on Corbyn’s troubles:

“He refers to the situation of some workers who might have some job insecurity, and potentially unscrupulous bosses.



Theresa May’s First PMQs: Who is Asking the Questions?

Q1 John Glen (Salisbury)

Q2 Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland)

Q3 Julie Cooper (Burnley)

Q4 Sir Edward Leigh (Gainsborough)

Q5 Catherine McKinnell (Newcastle upon Tyne North)

Q6 Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury and Atcham)

Q7 Nusrat Ghani (Wealden)

Q8 Andrew Stephenson (Pendle)

Q9 Imran Hussain (Bradford East)

Q10 Stuart Blair Donaldson (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)

Q11 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield)

Q12 Kelly Tolhurst (Rochester and Strood)

Q13 Stuart Andrew (Pudsey)

Comments in the comments please…[…]


Wham, Bam, Thank You Cam


Today was David Cameron’s 147th – and final – Prime Minister’s Questions. 147, not a bad knock all considered, and rather unfortunate in the manner of dismissal: caught out on the boundary by a Eurosceptic when swinging for a six. Rotten luck – he should have played it straight.[…]


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