Catch-Up Service: PMQs in Full

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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?

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“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

PMQS NEW

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 (Richmond (Yorks)

Q8 Andrew Percy (Brigg and Goole) 

Q9 Crispin Blunt (Reigate)

Q10 Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire) 

Q11 James Cartlidge (South Suffolk) 

Q12 Jo Churchill (Bury St Edmunds) 

Q13 Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) 

Q14 Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South) 

Q15 Antoinette Sandbach (Eddisbury)

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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 like the smile of Lewis Carroll’s cat. But for us in the television audience, George Osborne was controlled, confident and across all that stuff prime ministers have to pretend to know about.

Deradicalisation, for instance. By a happy chance, his prepared joke about Hilary Benn prefaced his remarks on the teenage suicide bomber who blew himself up. For a jihadist to be remembered in Parliament as an adjunct to an indifferent joke about Labour party Bennites is a very fitting memorial.

The deputy leader of Labour is now the leader and her deputy seems to be this Benn fellow. He produced a series of sensible, dutiful questions which got the Commons talking excitedly (about who was winning what election for which committee chair). It’s a glimpse into the sort of PMQs that Speaker Bercow is trying to make the norm. Nothing will turn people off politics more thoroughly.

It’s still possible to hope Jeremy Corbyn will be up there at the despatch box after the Conferences. Are there 50,000 mental lefties out there? Democratic jihadists who’ll infiltrate the Labour Party and blow it to glory?

Now more than ever we need the audacity of hope.

At any rate – an utterly uneventful afternoon in which Tory spines were stiffened at the prospect of a plausible successor and a Tory government through the 20s.

If this was his audition for First Lord of the Treasury he’ll certainly get a call-back.

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 (Watford)

Q5 Geraint Davies (Swansea West) 

Q6 David Rutley (Macclesfield)

Q7 Johnny Mercer (Plymouth, Moor View) 

Q8 Jess Phillips (Birmingham, Yardley) 

Q9 Stephen Doughty (Cardiff South and Penarth)

Q10 Henry Smith (Crawley) 

Q11 Richard Drax (South Dorset) 

Q12 Amanda Solloway (Derby North)

Q13 Mr Alan Mak (Havant) 

Q14 Jim Dowd (Lewisham West and Penge) 

Q15 Sir Gerald Howarth (Aldershot) 

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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 UKIP joke that made Douglas Carswell laugh – “He has made political history. As a party of one he’s had a backbench rebellion.”

He has all the characteristics the country expects from a decent, moderate Conservative. So Harriet had her work cut out to make a sow’s ear out of the silk purse that is our prime minister.

She had it all worked out. She was going to define him in the public mind before he could define himself.

At the outset he had made laughing reference to Labour MPs voting for an EU referendum. He called the occasion “the biggest mass conversion since that Chinese general baptised his troops with a hosepipe.” He could have said anything. It didn’t matter what it was. In defiance of what was happening in front of her, Harriet came back with the one she had already prepared: She said: “He won the election. He’s the prime minister.” (Huge Tory cheers. So far, so accurate.) “He doesn’t need to be ranting and sneering and gloating . . .”

As ranting, it didn’t qualify. The sneering was absent. And the Eton Gloating Song hadn’t even got to the humming stage.

But it was very Labour.

Setting out to fit facts to theory, no matter what the reality. Continue reading

PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today

Q1 James Berry (Kingston and Surbiton)

Q2 Mike Freer (Finchley and Golders Green)

Q3 Naz Shah (Bradford West)

Q4 Nigel Huddleston (Mid Worcestershire)

Q5 Mark Durkan (Foyle)

Q6 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test)

Q7 Andrea Jenkyns (Morley and Outwood)

Q8 […]

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PMQs SKETCH: New Parliament, Old PMQs

With the arrival of 182 new MPs, two new TV camera angles and a new hierarchy for old party rivals, you might have been forgiven for hoping that the first Prime Minister’s Questions of the new Parliament would herald a […]

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PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Alec Shelbrooke (Elmet and Rothwell)

Q2 Julian Sturdy (York Outer)

Q3 Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore)

Q4 David T. C. Davies (Monmouth) 

Q5 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West)

Q6 Cat Smith (Lancaster and Fleetwood)[…]

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Marr-vellous Ding Dong: Boris V Miliband

They might be doing it at PMQs every week soon…[…]

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