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 Ian Mearns (Gateshead) 

Q8 Martyn Day (Linlithgow and East Falkirk) 

Q9 Patricia Gibson (North Ayrshire and Arran) 

Q10 Julie Elliott (Sunderland Central) 

Q11 Anna Turley (Redcar) 

Q12 Neil Carmichael (Stroud) 

Q13 Iain Stewart (Milton Keynes South) 

Q14 Andrew Rosindell (Romford) 

Q15 Nic Dakin (SHunthorpe) 

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PMQs SKETCH: Cameron Went Easy on Corbyn

He was twice as good as last time. Let’s not argue about it. He’s in his late sixties. At this rate of improvement Jeremy Corbyn will be dead before he wins an election. Britain’s first posthumous prime minister – a great progressive victory for Labour. And the dead actually do turn out to vote, compared with the voters Corbyn is relying on, so it all may yet work out for the new politics.

We heard from Kelly and Matthew and others, by and large people who didn’t have enough money. Corbyn presented their problems to the Commons and a few younger Tories obligingly laughed. Experienced MPs looked grave, or saddened, as MPs have to do when people without enough money are mentioned.

Some say Cameron was under pressure, but he looked calm enough to go easy on the old fellow opposite. The questions were long enough for observers to nod off in the middle and wake refreshed for the PM’s answers.

The new low-energy question time does allow the arguments to be heard. This may be a mistake for Corbyn. Wither-wringing is what the left does best. Showing their sores and shaking their stumps at the world. If it’s a matter of argument, the Right are on their chosen ground.

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Best of Corbyn at PMQs

Here are Corbyn’s PMQs highlights as we saw a sassier side to the Labour leader:

Thug life edition…

Cameron v Bercow: “Hold on a Second!”

Bercow was determined not to let Corbyn’s calm and well-behaved PMQs reduce his telly time. The PM threw out his arms in protest and cried “Hold on a second!” as the Speaker interrputed his best line of the day:

Quite a stare at the end…

PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Dr Lisa Cameron (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)

Q2 Callum McCaig (Aberdeen South) 

Q3 Karl McCartney (Lincoln) 

Q4 Kit Malthouse (North West Hampshire) 

Q5 Nigel Huddleston (Mid Worcestershire) 

Q6 Tom Pursglove (Corby)

Q7 Victoria Prentis (Banbury) 

Q8 Holly Lynch (Halifax) 

Q9 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West) 

Q10 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South) 

Q11 Cat Smith (Lancaster and Fleetwood)

Q12 Andrew Griffiths (Burton) 

Q13 Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham) 

Q14 Liz McInnes (Heywood and Middleton) 

Q15 Marion Fellows (Motherwell and Wishaw) 

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Sketch: Cameron is Doing What Blair Did to IDS

No, no, no, that wasn’t quite good, or a refreshing change, or a worthy start, or not-as-bad-as-it-might-have-been. That was the finishing whimper of a once-powerful party. That was worse than Ed Miliband’s first PMQs. It was as bad as late-Miliband’s “I met Nigel, a nurse from Nottingham.”

Dressed in the 1970s, looking old, wading to the despatch box through a vision of immiserated Britain – mental health cuts, in-work benefit cuts, rent cuts, job losses – Corbyn gave us a comprehensive tour of his constituency. Life at the rougher end of Holloway, as Damian McBride so valiantly pointed out, but on a national scale.

You will have heard by now that Corbyn’s innovation was to read out half a dozen questions emailed in from supporters. He wanted to be our “voice” in Parliament. Some people say they liked it. But there was wincing in the PLP every time he deployed a Christian name.

He sounded like an intermediary, not a leader. Like a quiz master. A host.

And surely he won’t be able to do it again, and again?

Go on, I dare you.

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Cameron: IRA Sympathisers Should Be Ashamed

It took until the penultimate question, but PMQs finally came to life when DUP MP Nigel Dodds stood up and lambasted newly appointed  Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell for his views on the IRA. The labour benches listened in silence…

“The oppositions leader has appointed a Shadow Chancellor who believes terrorists should be honoured for their bravery, will the Prime Minister join with all of us on all sides of this house in denouncing that sentiment and standing with us on behalf of the innocent victims and for the bravery of our armed forces who stood against the terrorist?”

Cameron responded by saying “people who seek to justify” the actions of the IRA “should be ashamed of themselves“. Corbyn looked down sheepishly…

UPDATE: The one Labour MP who said “hear, hear” to Nigel Dodds’ question received a death stare from Angela Eagle.

PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today?

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne and Sheppey)
Q2 Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley)
Q3 Kate Hollern (Blackburn)
Q4 Daniel Zeichner (Cambridge)
Q5 Julian Knight (Solihull)
Q6 Michael Tomlinson (Mid Dorset and North Poole)
Q7 Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West)
Q8 Tom Blenkinsop (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland)
Q9 Graham Evans (Weaver Vale)
Q10 Andrew Griffiths (Burton)
Q11 Maggie Throup (Erewash)
Q12 Steven Paterson (Stirling)
Q13 Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton)
Q14 Tom Pursglove (Corby)
Q15 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight)

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Like Cockroaches, the Corbynista Swarm Survives

Fat Labour loosened its corsets but couldn’t fill its benches. Many gaps in the ranks. Opposition MPs were wandering Westminster in a daze of incredulous despair and failed to find their way into the chamber.

Many of them will fail […]

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PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Julian Knight (Solihull)

Q2 Sir Peter Bottomley (Worthing West)

Q3 Rebecca Pow (Taunton Deane) 

Q4 Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) 

Q5 Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion)

Q6 Andrea Jenkyns (Morley and Outwood) 

Q7 […]

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Corbyn at PMQs

How will Corbyn fare at PMQs? Here he is getting handbagged by a dose of Thatcherite reality… Totally owned.[…]

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Labour Could Do Worse Than Harriet

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The Labour party is now so broken, so foaming and fitting it’s calling Harriet Harman a Tory. She is supporting the idea that the state shouldn’t necessarily be paying benefits for impecunious women to have twelve children. This makes her […]

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