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 new dawn in British politics.

But, like the party manifestos of the election campaign just a few short weeks ago, PMQs promised a lot but delivered very little.

In all honesty, it was never going to be a tough one for David Cameron.

Still puffed up from his election victory, with crowded benches of grateful Tory MPs behind him and bewildered Labour members opposite, no one expected to land a punch on Cameron today.

It was all change on the green leather benches around him, with Tory MPs crowding onto the seats previously occupied by their erstwhile Liberal Democrat colleagues, SNP MPs smirking from the seats where Labour used to sit and the last remaining Liberal Democrats desperately trying to find anywhere to sit at all.

That said, Nick Clegg looked only marginally less miserable squeezed onto his backbench pew than he did when he sat stony-faced next to David Cameron as his deputy for five long years.

Harriet Harman, meanwhile, standing at the despatch box as Labour’s interim leader – for the second time in her career – looked like she wished her pink battle bus would arrive to whisk her away anywhere but here.

Despite rumours that the diminished Labour ranks would now get only four questions, Harman got the usual six, although she would probably have preferred the Liberal Democrats’ allocation of just one question every few weeks – and, frankly, so did everyone else.

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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) 

Q7 Mrs Flick Drummond (Portsmouth South) 

Q8 Jeremy Lefroy (Stafford) 

Q9 Richard Graham (Gloucester) 

Q10 Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire) 

Q11 Patrick Grady (Glasgow North) 

Q12 Stephen Timms (East Ham) 

Q13 Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury and Atcham) 

Q14 Rachael Maskell (York Central) 

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Marr-vellous Ding Dong: Boris V Miliband

They might be doing it at PMQs every week soon…

FINAL PMQs SKETCH: Commons Warns to Valedictory Dave

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There behind the PM were the Home Secretary looking sly, the Chancellor looking cruel and the Chief Whip looking even more pleased with himself than usual. Hard to imagine the Tories’ broadening their appeal with any of them.

Cameron was entirely relaxed, amiable, in charge. He flattened Miliband with his tax avoidance answers (no rise in VAT, he promised, I wonder how he’ll get out of that . . . oh! By resigning just before the rise!). He praised certain opposition members, teased them, laughed along with them. The Commons rather warmed to him and his valedictory ways.

Win or lose, Cameron has created and for five years held together an unlikely coalition and presided over an amazing period of job creation.

Gallery witnesses report Mrs Cameron and their daughter were up in the gallery, and little Nancy was punching the air when her father made some crushing sally. She might have felt superior in mental age to the scenes below. At the phrase “Alex Salmond’s poodle” the House went “Woof woof! Woof woof! Woof woof woof!”

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Chickens, Lame Ducks and Poodles at PMQs

As 10 year old Nancy Cameron cheered on from the gallery…

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Cameron Rules Out VAT Rise in PMQs Miliband Mauling

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Final PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Ann McKechin (Glasgow North)

Q2 Rory Stewart (Penrith and The Border)

Q3 Simon Wright (Norwich South) 

Q4 Simon Danczuk (Rochdale)

Q5 Heather Wheeler (South Derbyshire) 

Q6 Richard Drax (South Dorset) 

Q7 Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire) 

Q8 Simon Kirby (Brighton, Kemptown) 

Q9 Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion) 

Q10 Andrew Percy (Brigg and Goole) 

Q11 Michael Connarty (Linlithgow and East Falkirk)

Q12 Charlotte Leslie (Bristol North West)

Q13 Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire) 

Q14 Nigel Mills (Amber Valley) 

Q15 Chris Skidmore (Kingswood) 

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PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Ian Murray (Edinburgh South)

Q2 Teresa Pearce (Erith and Thamesmead)

Q3 James Morris (Halesowen and Rowley Regis) 

Q4 Natascha Engel (North East Derbyshire) 

Q5 Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North) 

Q6 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough) 

Q7 Michael Connarty (Linlithgow and East Falkirk) 

Q8 Ian Lavery (Wansbeck)

Q9 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley) 

Q10 Paul Uppal (Wolverhampton South West) 

Q11 Liz McInnes (Heywood and Middleton) 

Q12 John Howell (Henley)

Q13 Karen Lumley (Redditch) 

Q14 Jesse Norman (Hereford and South Herefordshire)

Q15 Chris Kelly (Dudley South) 

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PMQs SKETCH: Cameron’s Only Important Failure

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All these repeats on television. Miliband did the TV debates again. And again. All his questions. So much happening in the world and he wants to talk about a TV programme, the PM said. “He’s weak and despicable and wants […]

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PMQs Live: Who Is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Stella Creasy (Walthamstow)

Q2 Mr Douglas Carswell (Clacton)

Q3 Lisa Nandy (Wigan)

Q4 Stephen Metcalfe (South Basildon and East Thurrock)

Q5 Maria Miller (Basingstoke) 

Q6 Naomi Long (Belfast East) 

Q7 Mark Hunter (Cheadle)[…]

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PMQs SKETCH: Who are We and What are We Doing Here?

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It’s always exciting to discover a new low in PMQs. We’ve been bumping along the bottom since the New Year and here we had stomach-fluttering slump.

The prodigious noise in the chamber – so chamber reporters said – was mainly […]

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Boxgate Goes Box Office at PMQs

Ed’s leaflet woes and Guido’s important boxgate scoop got the full box office treatment at PMQs today:

PM: “We’re all starting to think about leaflets, I’ve got a little question. Apparently you can go round to his office and he

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