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 to find their way back into the House at the next election.

Their constituencies are being swamped with aliens who don’t share their values or culture and who are swarming over their General Committees to vote in others of their kind. They stick together, those Trots. Boy, do they breed. And like cockroaches, they survive.

They must have been pleased to see the end of Harriet Harman. It was her last stand-in at PMQs. She finishes her career surprisingly as a crypto-Tory. Cameron paid her a handsome tribute (being one of his own) and she missed the opportunity to cry shame! Shame! Shame on you! Her sharpest point was a suggestion he call for a summit of EU leaders to deal with the refugee crisis (as if he could).

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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 Dr Eilidh Whiteford (Banff and Buchan)

Q8 Mr Robin Walker (Worcester)

Q9 Jo Cox (Batley and Spen) 

Q10 Peter Heaton-Jones (North Devon) 

Q11 Teresa Pearce (Erith and Thamesmead) 

Q12 Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe)

Q13 Andrew Bingham (High Peak)

Q14 Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent) (901209)

Q15 Daniel Zeichner (Cambridge) 

A week today it could be Dave v Jez. Comments in the comments please…

Corbyn at PMQs

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

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 Norman Tebbit in a frock.

She stood up at PMQs to long Conservative cheers, applause, acclaim. How pleased they were with her. “One of us! One of us!”

The Speaker, now a toad beneath the Tory harrow made no attempt to control them. His livelihood is dependent on pleasing his erstwhile enemies who had been his erstwhile friends and who are currently his masters.

Harriet, in her big white power jacket, looked better and sounded more leaderly than any of the leadership candidates. She doesn’t have Cooper’s vinegary misery-mongering, or Burnham’s SpAd mentality, and she’s got fifty kilos on Kendall. That’s all good. She’s also fractionally less left wing than front runner Jeremy Corbyn. Labour could do worse than Harriet. And almost certainly will.

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PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today

PMQS NEW

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham)

Q2 Philip Davies (Shipley) 

Q3 Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley)

Q4 Bob Blackman (Harrow East)

Q5 Scott Mann (North Cornwall) 

Q6 Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central) 

Q7 Paul Flynn (Newport West) 

Q8 Will Quince (Colchester) 

Q9 Judith Cummins (Bradford South)

Q10 Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish) 

Q11 Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck (South Shields) 

Q12 Mr Robin Walker (Worcester) 

Q13 Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West and Royton)

Q14 Martin John Docherty (West Dunbartonshire)
When he next plans to meet the First Minister of Scotland. 

Q15 Jenny Chapman (Darlington) 

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Pre-Budget PMQs: Who is Asking the Questions Today

PMQS NEW

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East)

Q2 Chris Davies (Brecon and Radnorshire)

Q3 Kirsten Oswald (East Renfrewshire) 

Q4 Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) 

Q5 Valerie Vaz (Walsall South) 

Q6 Jeff Smith (Manchester, Withington) 

Q7 Teresa Pearce (Erith and Thamesmead)

Q8 Karin Smyth (Bristol South)

Q9 Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Selly Oak)

Q10 Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham) 

Q11 Heather Wheeler (South Derbyshire)

Q12 Mark Spencer (Sherwood)

Q13 Michelle Donelan (Chippenham) 

Q14 Justin Madders (Ellesmere Port and Neston) 

Q15 Caroline Nokes (Romsey and Southampton North) 

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Catch-Up Service: PMQs in Full

Did you miss PMQs? Watch the whole thing in full below:

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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.”

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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…[…]

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PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today

PMQS NEW

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.

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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.[…]

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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.[…]

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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 Mary Glindon (North Tyneside)

Q9 Karl McCartney (Lincoln)

Q10 Grahame Morris (Easington)

Q11 Douglas Carswell (Clacton)

Q12 Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central)

Q13 Tom Blenkinsop (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland)

Q14 Karl Turner (Kingston upon Hull East)

Q15 Peter Dowd (Bootle)

Comments in the comments…[…]

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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 new dawn in British politics.[…]

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