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 (Sleaford and North Hykeham) 

Q7 Michelle Donelan (Chippenham) 

Q8 Graham Evans (Weaver Vale) 

Q9 Amanda Solloway (Derby North)

Q10 Christopher Pincher (Tamworth) 

Q11 Ian C. Lucas (Wrexham) 

Q12 Mark Durkan (Foyle) 

Q13 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight) 

Q14 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield)

Q15 Sir Simon Burns (Chelmsford) 

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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 rubbish about the “very sad news” of having a United Nations committee coming over to investigate the human rights of the disabled. It was “deeply embarrassing”, he said. Cameron classified that as left-wing cack and that proper Britons couldn’t give two flying fingers for a UN committee (I translate). The miserablisation of Labour continues.

Still, Corbyn’s better than Miliband. And better than the next leader (as long that’s Eddie Izzard).

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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” and prevented the PM from answering:

Except, it demonstrably does. The Telegraph, Mail and even the Wall Street Journal have all run articles this week about how green taxes have impacted on the steel industry. The PM was unimpressed. That’s two weeks in a row that Cameron been prevented from landing a blow by the Speaker…

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 (Scunthorpe) 

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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) 

Comments in the comments please…[…]


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.[…]


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“.[…]


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)

Comments in the comments please…[…]


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.[…]


PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today


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. […]


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


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.[…]


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