PMQs: Who’s Asking The Questions Today

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Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Fiona Bruce (Congleton)

Q2 Margaret Ferrier (Rutherglen and Hamilton West)

Q3 Emily Thornberry (Islington South and Finsbury)

Q4 Maria Caulfield (Lewes)

Q5 Tulip Siddiq (Hampstead and Kilburn)

Q6 Richard Drax (South Dorset)

Q7Caroline Flint (Don Valley)

Q8 Robert Jenrick (Newark)

Q9 Imran Hussain (Bradford East)

Q10 Steve Double (St Austell and Newquay)

Q11 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South) 

Q12 Stewart McDonald (Glasgow South) 

Q13 Graham Stuart (Beverley and Holderness) 

Q14 Mark Garnier (Wyre Forest) 

Q15 Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh (Ochil and South Perthshire) 

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PMQs SKETCH: Captive Corbyn’s Coded Message

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Poor old Jeremy, he looked like a hostage in front of the camera reading in a detached, formal, unconvinced way the statement prepared by his captors.

He had to say something or they’d have cut his head off at the next PLP. But with some spirit, he used sophisticated techniques to get a coded message out to his supporters back home.

He expressed “horror” at what had happened in Paris, but folded that carnage in equally with others killed in Ankara, Damascus and Beirut – or anywhere else in the world where “innocent civilians” are targeted by terrorists.

His friends understand this to mean that the French are being given a lesson in suffering that Middle Easterners study daily. French civilians think they’re innocent but they are all implicated in militaristic, drone-related barbarities. They are legitimate targets, now that French airstrikes are killing Syrians.

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PMQs: Who’s Asking The Questions Today

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Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South)

Q2 Andrew Rosindell (Romford) 

Q3 Gareth Johnson (Dartford) 

Q4 Phil Wilson (Sedgefield)

Q5 Andy McDonald (Middlesbrough) 

Q6 John Mann (Bassetlaw) 

Q7 Richard Fuller (Bedford) 

Q8 Tulip Siddiq (Hampstead and Kilburn) 

Q9 Imran Hussain (Bradford East) 

Q10 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West)

Q11 Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) 

Q12 Craig Tracey (North Warwickshire)

Q13 Jesse Norman (Hereford and South Herefordshire) 

Q14 Jack Lopresti (Filton and Bradley Stoke)

Q15 Yvonne Fovargue (Makerfield)

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PMQs SKETCH: Corbyn Goes From Angry Chicken to Sick Chicken

simon

The stare isn’t going so well suddenly. It never worked, it only seemed to, with the Tories falling back in embarrassment. Corbyn read this as bullies being struck with silent wonder at the sight of proper, grown-up politics.

No, it was the reaction of an audience seeing an actor forgetting his lines, or a juggler dropping the ball, or a magician letting the cards fall out of his sleeve.

Tories weren’t able to barrack and wince at the same time.

But they’ve learnt. They have evolved. Today, they overcame their instinctive delicacy and resumed normal service.

And Corbyn went from Angry Chicken to Sick Chicken. Starting to speak, then stopping. Glaring, but getting confused by laughter and not-glaring. Glancing at the Speaker. No help there. Starting to speak again and having to continue through Tories shushing each other.

This chicken dies in the end.

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No Marx For Dave’s Commie Gag

“Look at his appointments. His media adviser is a Stalinist. His new policy adviser is a Trotskyist. And his economic adviser is a communist. If he’s trying to move the Labour Party to the left, I’d give him full Marx.”

Incidentally, who is the communist economics adviser?

UPDATE:  Not the full Marx after all:

PMQs: Who Is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Craig Tracey (North Warwickshire)

Q2 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough) 

Q3 Nigel Huddleston (Mid Worcestershire) 

Q4 Mr David Anderson (Blaydon) 

Q5 Dr James Davies (Vale of Clwyd) 

Q6 Damian Collins (Folkestone and Hythe)

Q7 Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South) 

Q8 Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North) 

Q9 Stephen Metcalfe (South Basildon and East Thurrock) 

Q10 John Nicolson (East Dunbartonshire) 

Q11 Paul Flynn (Newport West) 

Q12 Mrs Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Berwick-upon-Tweed)

Q13 Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton) 

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PMQs SKETCH: Corbyn’s Chicken Death Stare

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People say he’s not doing too badly, and he’s not doing too badly for an old man in a pub, for a clapped-out author wearying a school assembly, for a hero of the previous revolution but one (second class).

He’s obviously pleased with his “death stare”. When Tories barrack him (and they really haven’t started) he stops and stares at them in a way that chickens stop and stare at things. Eventually circumstances change and the chicken goes back to its pecking. The whips have told Tories not to be too nasty to Corbyn so they quieten down. He mistakes correlation for causation.

The poor old piece of poultry, he’s not just second-rate but secondhand, reusing the failed tropes of failed leaders for the past 15 years. “This is Prime Minister’s QUESTIONS”, and I’ve asked the same question five times, and (quoting one sort of Tory) “Why did he say that?”, and (quoting another sort) “Where was she wrong?”

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Will Corbyn Wear Poppy at PMQs?

The PM has been wearing a poppy for a week, though Corbyn has yet to be spotted with one. He was ambiguous when asked about wearing a poppy at first, Labour HQ later clarified that he would. The Royal British Legion say it is appropriate to wear a poppy from the launch date of the poppy appeal, which this year was 22 October. All eyes on Jezza’s lapel…

UPDATE: Here he is:

PMQs Live: Who Is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Stephen Metcalfe (South Basildon and East Thurrock)

Q2 David Morris (Morecambe and Lunesdale) 

Q3 Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West)

Q4 Mark Pawsey (Rugby) 

Q5 Kirsty Blackman (Aberdeen North) 

Q6 Stephen Phillips[…]

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PMQs SKETCH: Corbyn’s Vogue Levels of Virtue-Signalling

He’s doing it deliberately, isn’t he? The twisted tie and splayed collar and that ghaaaaastly coat and shirt combination. The vanity of being above appearances. The Labour leader is manifesting Vogue levels of virtue-signalling in his dress.

Then all that […]

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Bercow Bans PMQ on Green Taxes

The Speaker’s bad temper continued at PMQs, where he bizarrely banned Tory MP Chris Philp from asking, entirely reasonably, if green taxes have contributed to the steel industry crisis. Curiously, Bercow ruled this had “nothing to do with government policy”[…]

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PMQs Live: Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Susan Elan Jones 

Q2 Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate) 

Q3 Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central) 

Q4 Anne McLaughlin (Glasgow North East) 

Q5 Andrea Jenkyns (Morley and Outwood) 

Q6 Mr David Jones (Clwyd West) 

Q7 […]

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