Bercow Blasted for Blanking Blackford Boris Behaviour

Tory MPs were seething with rage after Bercow intervened to tell the SNP’s Ian Blackford to withdraw his description of Boris Johnson as “racist”, only for Blackford to double down on his remarks while Bercow turned a blind eye. Bill Wiggin furiuosly took the Speaker to task over his inconsistency, Bercow responds in characteristic fashion that he’s not a “delicate flower” and doesn’t feel “any concern”. Another big fat middle finger to Parliament…

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Q1 Mr Marcus Jones (Nuneaton) (Con)
Q2 Tonia Antoniazzi (Gower) (Lab)
Q3 Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North) (Lab)
Q4 Mr Virendra Sharma (Ealing, Southall) (Lab)
Q5 Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham) (Con)
Q6 Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith) (SNP)
Q7 Nigel Mills (Amber Valley) (Con)
Q8 Alex Cunningham (Stockton North) (Lab)
Q9 Dr Paul Williams (Stockton South) (Lab)
Q10 Mike Hill (Hartlepool) (Lab)
Q11 Vicky Foxcroft (Lewisham, Deptford) (Lab)
Q12 Mary Creagh (Wakefield) (Lab)
Q13 Sarah Jones (Croydon Central) (Lab)
Q14 Paul Scully (Sutton and Cheam) (Con)

Will anyone take May to task over her wanton spending splurge on the way to the exit door?

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Q1 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield) (Con)
Q2 Wes Streeting (Ilford North) (Lab)
Q3 Tim Farron (Westmorland and Lonsdale) (LD)
Q4 Wayne David (Caerphilly) (Lab)
Q5 Anna McMorrin (Cardiff North) (Lab)
Q6 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield) (Lab)
Q7 Karl Turner (Kingston upon Hull East) (Lab)
Q8 Sir David Crausby (Bolton North East) (Lab)
Q9 Rachel Maclean (Redditch) (Con)
Q10 Catherine West (Hornsey and Wood Green) (Lab)
Q11 Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough) (Con)
Q12 Carol Monaghan (Glasgow North West) (SNP)
Q13 Chris Bryant (Rhondda) (Lab)
Q14 Ian Austin (Dudley North) (Ind)
Q15 Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle) (Con)

The least interesting political event of the week…

PMQs: Who’s Asking The Questions?

While the PM and Leader of the Opposition are busying themselves with D-Day commemorations, PMQs becomes DPMQs with de-facto Deputy Prime Minister Liddington facing Labour’s Rebecca Long Bailey who replaces usual stand in Emily Thornberry. Word on the street is that the Shadow Foreign Sec is being made to sit it out after failing to toe the line on Brexit…

Q1 Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham) (Con)
Q2 Mr Marcus Fysh (Yeovil) (Con)
Q3 Laura Pidcock (North West Durham) (Lab)
Q4 Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean) (Con)
Q5 David T. C. Davies (Monmouth) (Con)
Q6 Mark Pawsey (Rugby) (Con)
Q7 Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central) (Lab)
Q8 Matthew Pennycook (Greenwich and Woolwich) (Lab)
Q9 Andy Slaughter (Hammersmith) (Lab)
Q10 Chris Green (Bolton West) (Con)
Q11 Robert Courts (Witney) (Con)
Q12 Luke Pollard (Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport) (Lab)
Q13 Rachael Maskell (York Central) (Lab)
Q14 Colleen Fletcher (Coventry North East) (Lab)

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Q1 John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness) (Ind)
Q2 Antoinette Sandbach (Eddisbury) (Con)
Q3 Ronnie Cowan (Inverclyde) (SNP)
Q4 Toby Perkins (Chesterfield) (Lab)
Q5 Stephen Morgan (Portsmouth South) (Lab)
Q6 Mr Ranil Jayawardena (North East Hampshire) (Con)
Q7 Ms Karen Buck (Westminster North) (Lab)
Q8 Jeff Smith (Manchester, Withington) (Lab)
Q9 James Heappey (Wells) (Con)
Q10 Mike Amesbury (Weaver Vale) (LD)
Q11 Laura Smith (Crewe and Nantwich) (Lab)
Q12 Thangam Debbonaire (Bristol West) (Lab)
Q13 Chris Law (Dundee West) (SNP)
Q14 Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton) (Con)
Q15 Marsha De Cordova (Battersea) (Lab)

Could it be May’s last PMQs…?

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Q1 Alan Brown (Kilmarnock and Loudoun) (SNP)
Q2 Bill Esterson (Sefton Central) (Lab)
Q3 Mark Pawsey (Rugby) (Con)
Q4 Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire) (SNP)
Q5 Rosie Duffield (Canterbury) (Lab)
Q6 Nigel Huddleston (Mid Worcestershire) (Con)
Q7 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield) (Lab)
Q8 Thangam Debbonaire (Bristol West) (Lab)
Q9 Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West) (Lab)
Q10 Caroline Flint (Don Valley) (Lab)
Q11 Louise Haigh (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab)
Q12 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley) (Con)
Q13 Andrew Lewer (Northampton South) (Con)
Q14 Rebecca Pow (Taunton Deane) (Con)
Q15 Vicky Ford (Chelmsford) (Con)

Comments in the comments…

Jenkyns To May: Step Aside

“It’s time to let someone else lead our party.”


Ian Blackford’s Sex Confusion

The SNP Westminster leader mixed up his sexes during Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon, congratulating the Duke of Wessex, who doesn’t exist, instead of the Duke of Sussex (whose wife has just had a baby). Funniest he’s been in months…

Tories at PMQs: Regulate More, Ban More, Tax More

Another thoroughly depressing PMQs for people who like free markets, as the Tory Party descended yet further into the banning, regulating, taxing mindset that helped them lose seats at the last election. Question after question followed the same “markets are bad, regulation is good” formula, which the Prime Minister was only to happy to accept, ceding the intellectual battleground to Jeremy Corbyn. Today’s Tory Party owes more to the Christian Democrats on the continent than the Thatcherite conviction that won them three landslides… 

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Q1 Craig Tracey (North Warwickshire) (Con)
Q2 Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley) (Lab)
Q3 Antoinette Sandbach (Eddisbury) (Con)
Q4 Dr Andrew Murrison (Con)
Q5 Bob Blackman (Harrow East) (Con)
Q6 Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury and Atcham) (Con)
Q7 Gill Furniss (Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough) (Lab)
Q8 Sir Mark Hendrick (Preston) (Lab)
Q9 Jamie Stone (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross) (Lib Dem)
Q10 Luke Pollard (Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport) (Lab)
Q11 Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow) (Lab)
Q12 Wayne David (Caerphilly) (Lab)
Q13 Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion) (Green)
Q14 Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet) (Con)
Q15 Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey) (SNP)

May Refuses to Rule Out Second Referendum

When asked about a second referendum at PMQs this afternoon, the Prime Minister refused to take the opportunity to oppose it. Instead she said that “the deal that the government has put forward has been rejected by this House, of course the Leader of the Opposition’s deal has been rejected by this House, a second referendum has been rejected by this House.” Why didn’t she just categorically say that she will not hold a second referendum..?

UPDATE: A Government source tells Guido that “Other than revoking Article 50, we’re not preempting and not ruling out anything before these talks – otherwise there’s no point having the talks.” Staggering…

May Asked What Qualifies Corbyn For Brexit Involvement

Lee Rowley asked a stinging question at today’s PMQs. May’s answer is predictably robotic…

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Q1 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South) (Lab)
Q2 Owen Smith (Pontypridd) (Lab)
Q3 Afzal Khan (Manchester, Gorton) (Lab)
Q4 Jonathan Edwards (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr) (PC)
Q5 Preet Kaur Gill (Birmingham, Edgbaston) (Lab)
Q6 Stewart Hosie (Dundee East) (SNP)
Q7 Sir David Amess (Southend West) (Con)
Q8 Luke Pollard (Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport) (Lab)
Q9 Martin Whitfield (East Lothian) (Lab)
Q10 Jim Shannon (Strangford) (DUP)
Q11 Stephen Doughty (Cardiff South and Penarth) (Lab)
Q12 Naz Shah (Bradford West) (Lab)
Q13 Karin Smyth (Bristol South) (Lab)
Q14 Kirsty Blackman (Aberdeen North) (SNP)
Q15 John Grogan (Keighley) (Lab)

May’s Response to Resignation Question Sparks Resignation Speculation

Lobby hacks sense something in May’s tone today at PMQs:

We’ll find out tonight when she speaks to the 1922 Committee…

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Q1 Stewart Hosie (Dundee East) (SNP)
Q2 Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)
Q3 Maggie Throup (Erewash) (Lab)
Q4 Bill Wiggin (North Herefordshire) (Con)
Q5 Jack Lopresti (Filton and Bradley Stoke) (Con)
Q6 Chris Elmore (Ogmore) (Lab)
Q7 Stephen Lloyd (Eastbourne) (Ind) (fmr LD)
Q8 Carol Monaghan (Glasgow North West) (SNP)
Q9 Jamie Stone (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross) (LD)
Q10 Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North) (Lab)
Q11 Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central) (Lab)
Q12 Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Berwick-upon-Tweed) (Con)
Q13 Sir Peter Bottomley (Worthing West) (Con)
Q14 Afzal Khan (Manchester, Gorton) (Lab)
Q15 Jim Shannon (Strangford) (DUP)

Could it be May’s last PMQs before announcing her resignation tonight?

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Q1 Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire) (SNP)
Q2 Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham) (Lab)
Q3 Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Brighton, Kemptown) (Lab)
Q4 Colin Clark (Gordon) (Con)
Q5 Alex Norris (Nottingham North) (Lab)
Q6 Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con)
Q7 Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough) (Con)
Q8 Vicky Ford (Chelmsford) (Con)
Q9 Seema Malhotra (Feltham and Heston) (Lab)
Q10 Catherine West (Hornsey and Wood Green) (Lab)
Q11 Derek Thomas (St Ives) (Con)
Q12 Stephen Gethins (North East Fife) (SNP)
Q13 Bill Grant (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock) (Con)
Q14 Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham) (Con)
Q15 Ged Killen (Rutherglen and Hamilton West) (Lab)

Comments in the comments…

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Q1 Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) (Con)
Q2 Rosie Duffield (Canterbury) (Lab)
Q3 Jo Platt (Leigh) (Lab)
Q4 Bridget Phillipson (Houghton and Sunderland South) (Lab)
Q5 Emma Reynolds (Wolverhampton North East) (Lab)
Q6 Andrew Rosindell (Romford) (Con)
Q7 Lyn Brown (West Ham) (Lab)
Q8 Mike Wood (Dudley South) (Con)
Q9 Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow) (Lab)
Q10 Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough) (Con)
Q11 Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire) (Con)
Q12 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland) (LD)
Q13 Rachel Maclean (Redditch) (Con)
Q14 Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle) (Con)
Q15 Dr Paul Williams (Stockton South) (Lab)

Will May’s poorly voice last the session?

May Triggers Mass SNP Uproar at PMQs

Theresa May triggered an extended bout of SNP outrage at PMQs after saying that they had no mandate to continue pursuing Scottish independence, leading to a particularly lengthy fit of “orders” from Bercow. Readers can judge for themselves whether Rebecca Pow’s question on washing machines was worth waiting for…

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Q1 Tim Farron (Westmorland and Lonsdale) (LD)
Q2 Simon Hoare (North Dorset) (Con)
Q3 Phil Wilson (Sedgefield) (Lab)
Q4 Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) (Lab)
Q5 Anna McMorrin (Cardiff North) (Lab)
Q6 Kirsty Blackman (Aberdeen North) (SNP)
Q7 Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith) (SNP)
Q8 Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle) (Con)
Q9 Mhairi Black (Paisley and Renfrewshire South) (SNP)
Q10 Dr David Drew (Stroud) (Lab)
Q11 Chris Philp (Croydon South) (Con)
Q12 Paul Girvan (South Antrim) (DUP)
Q13 Marsha De Cordova (Battersea) (Lab)
Q14 Alan Brown (Kilmarnock and Loudoun) (SNP)
Q15 Chris Stephens (Glasgow South West) (SNP)

Comments in the comments…

Defection PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Q1 Stephen Doughty (Cardiff South and Penarth) (Lab)
Q2 Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet) (Con)
Q3 Eleanor Smith (Wolverhampton South West) (Lab)
Q4 Matthew Pennycook (Greenwich and Woolwich) (Lab)
Q5 Tonia Antoniazzi (Gower) (Lab)
Q6 Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington) (LD)
Q7 Leo Docherty (Aldershot) (Con)
Q8 Phil Wilson (Sedgefield) (Lab)
Q9 Rosie Duffield (Canterbury) (Lab)
Q10 Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion) (Green)
Q11 David Linden (Glasgow East) (SNP)
Q12 Alex Cunningham (Stockton North) (Lab)

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