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) 

Comments in the comments please…

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 to crawl to power on Alex Salmond’s coat tails.”

Despicable and weak. Ouch. Yes, that made Cameron’s supporters wince. An upstanding Tory, an Etonian, a natural leader with his easy grace and upper class charms – he can’t say those things and expect people to think Miliband is despicable as a result.

What people think is, “Why is the prime minister so exercised over someone like Ed Miliband?”

When Cameron displays the good manners of his class it reaches into parts of the electorate that politics don’t reach.

It’s a mark of Cameron’s only important failure that Miliband – a man who shouldn’t have been allowed out in public – has managed to drag him down to his level. Miliband calls him feeble and useless, Cameron calls him weak and despicable.

Miliband responds with a version of, “I know you are but what am I?”

The prime minister didn’t have to descend so far.

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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) 

Q8 Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West) 

Q9 Sir David Amess (Southend West) 

Q10 Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire) 

Q11 Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough)

Q12 Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry)

Q13 Caroline Dinenage (Gosport) 

Q14 Dan Byles (North Warwickshire) 

Q15 Mr Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South)

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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 that of conversations between people trying to make themselves heard above other conversationalists. Half an opposition bench vacated itself before the end of play. The mood in the House was ‘Who are we and what are we doing here?’ (Answers in the comments.)

The Speaker, still smarting from his humiliation on Cockerell’s documentary, wore his fixed smile, barely tried to control the chamber. The prime minister kept reaching up to yank his tail. He mocked the Speaker’s verbosity. He caricatured his catchphrases. He pleased his Bercow-baiting back bench.

And while this is all very well, it must be said that the Speaker has won everything he needs to win. He is now unbeatable, unmoveable, invulnerable. The Tories have misread the threat, and funked the chance to bring to the floor of the House just before the half-term recess the only Motion that offers a chance of ousting him (to make the Speaker’s re-election a secret vote). He saw them funk it, and feels himself secure.

In a tight parliament, with irreconcilable parties, coalition government may not be a possibility. The powers of the Speaker will multiply. His collusion with Labour – already an established fact – will work against the Tory minority government. He will find a way – because he has a genius for these things – to by-pass the Queen and bring a Labour government to the Treasury benches.

And just about the time he should be resigning, he will preside over the Westminster exodus, to a continental-style, non-confrontational, horseshoe-shaped venue with individual desks and microphones – with his hand on the volume.

Remember, above all else, John Bercow is an artist of power, a grand master in the renaissance workshop tradition. And the Tories are just too cavalier, too amateur to deal with him. Tail-tweaking is an inadequate response.

We can only watch.

Next new depth: Ed Miliband’s achievement must not go unrecorded. A third world war is brewing, the European Union may be about to implode, religious maniacs have established a medieval tyranny just north of the Plain of Megiddo, and the Labour party itself faces an existential threat from the Scots Nats.

So, Miliband spent half his quota of questions on challenging Cameron to a television debate.

There is a rumour that Cameron was going to challenge Miliband to a television debate and has thus been outflanked. If this is the size of it, the opposition leader showed himself to be one pitiful pygmy.

Cameron asked which MPs were going to use the photo-op shots of Miliband on their leaflets. Most of the people who put their hands up were Scots Nats. There will be slaughter over the border and lose or win, Miliband will go down as the leader who destroyed his party.

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 stands on his soapbox to make him look a little bit taller. Let’s ask, how many people are going to put the leader of the opposition on their leaflets?”

Well it looks like David Cameron got his “daily dose” of Guido yesterday.

UPDATE: In Vine form:

Miliband: A Caricature of Incompetent Miserablism

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After Peter Tapsell’s intervention in PMQs, there was no obvious need to proceed with the Opposition Day move to ban MPs having paid directorships or consultancies.

This is the Labour leadership’s move to get some votes out of the Rifkind/Straw sting.

Tapsell rose from his seat in all his opulence and warned that such a move would limit membership of the Commons to “inheritors of large fortunes, or those with rich spouses, or obsessive crackpots, or those” (to general delight) who are unemployable anywhere else.”

Hard to choose one of those categories to put Miliband into. He had a mansion tax inheritance, has a six-figure wife, is a political obsessive, a policy crackpot, and is employable by no one other than the Labour party. Harvard, maybe? He assumes so. Time will tell.

Cameron pointed out that the Miliband Motion allowed MPs still to have second jobs. And that the cap on earnings had been mooted then withdrawn. And that Labour MPs could still be wholly sponsored by a trade union under this proposal but the director of a family business would be banned.

Miliband offered across the despatch box to put a manuscript amendment to ban trade union sponsorship. Would the prime minister then support the Motion?

He was told not to be silly.

What a caricature of incompetent miserablism Miliband has become. Prohibit it or punish it, his first instincts.

He makes William Hague’s leadership of the opposition look Churchillian.

If a serious opposition leader really wanted to “restore the reputation of the House” as Miliband twice said he wanted to do – he would have said none of the things Miliband said. Nor would he have found himself chopping his position about as his colleagues made representations. And he certainly wouldn’t be wonking about offering manuscript amendments from the despatch box.

His friends and supporters both testify to his intelligence and decency. But the facts speak for themselves. He got a second class degree and he talks Manichean drivel about politics.

For instance: “The Tory party bought and sold by the hedge funds!”

What sad and sorry rubbish.

If it were true we’d have a single, low, flat tax on income, time-limited welfare, and full deductibility for domestic staff.

It was of the few times you might wish the noodle was telling the truth.

PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness)

Q2 Naomi Long (Belfast East) 

Q3 Andrew Stephenson (Pendle) 

Q4 Sir Richard Ottaway (Croydon South) 

Q5 David Mowat (Warrington South) 

Q6 Ben Gummer (Ipswich)

Q7 Gavin Shuker (Luton South)

Q8 Phil Wilson (Sedgefield) 

Q9 Mr George Howarth (Knowsley) 

Q10 Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire) 

Q11 John Cryer (Leyton and Wanstead)

Q12 Clive Efford (Eltham) 

Q13 Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington)

Q14 Sir Tony Baldry (Banbury) 

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SW1 Snap Verdict: Miliband Misses Massive Open Goal

Five more of these sessions to go…

PMQs LIVE: Who Is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Mr Tim Yeo 

Q2 Cathy Jamieson (Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Q3 Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central) 

Q4 Maria Miller (Basingstoke) 

Q5 Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden)

Q6 Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire)

Q7 Andrew Jones (Harrogate

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PMQs: Miliband’s Sixth Sense

The Sketch Team spent the morning drowning kittens to train for PMQs. Piteous sights and sounds we beheld, quite wither-wringing. On a positive note, we got through the carnage of Ed Miliband’s performance without a tear.

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WATCH: Cameron’s ‘Bill Somebody’ PMQs Gag

Cameron delivered his best gag for ages at PMQs today:

“The day after his Shadow Chancellor was asked on the television could he think of one single business leader, do you know what he said, he said ‘Bill somebody’. Mr

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PMQs LIVE: Who Is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Phil Wilson (Sedgefield)

Q2 Susan Elan Jones (Clwyd South) 

Q3 Stuart Andrew (Pudsey) 

Q4 Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay)

Q5 Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) 

Q6 Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North) 

Q7 Margot James (Stourbridge) 

Q8 

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