Why Do Corbyn and May Make Random Rambling Ranty Statements at PMQs?

Interesting theory from the BBC’s Joey D’Urso – are Jeremy Corbyn’s random ranty rambling non-questions at PMQs deliberately off topic because when clipped up into short videos and pumped out on social media they go viral with his followers? Every week Labour clip his statements and they get hundreds of thousands of views. They seem irrelevant to the small number who watch PMQs live, but look much better as stand alone Facebook videos.

The same theory could explain why Theresa May’s pre-scripted attacks on Corbyn often seem entirely irrelevant to the question:

Though perhaps we are giving them too much credit and they’re both just dire at PMQs.

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Ruth George (High Peak) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 6 December.

Q2 Louise Haigh (Sheffield, Heeley)

Q3 Sir Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk)

Q4 John Grogan (Keighley)

Q5 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield)

Q6 Jim Shannon (Strangford)

Q7 Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter)

Q8 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test)

Q9 Alex Chalk (Cheltenham)

Q10 Alan Brown (Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Q11 Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith)

Q12 Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)

Q13 Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough)

Q14 Ms Karen Buck (Westminster North)

Q15 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West)

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Emily Makes Damian Choke


Emily Thornberry dominated Damian Green at Prime Minister’s Questions with a touch so light it was but a table cloth flapping in the breeze. She kneed the disgraced First Secretary over and over again – where it really hurts him, the only place it really hurts any of them – in the ego.

Was he “happy to be held to the same standards in government that he required when he was in opposition?” This first, hard, full stroke shook the First Secretary, it landed with the weight of a Sue Gray report – and the moral force of one, too.

Yes, mistress, said Green: “All ministers should respect and obey the ministerial code.” A touching thought. 

One question in, it was very clear that the essence of politics was being laid bare. All politics is hypocrisy. All politicians are hypocrites. Continue reading

Green Doesn’t Take Chance to Apologise

John Mann gave Damian Green the chance to apologise at PMQs, he did not take him up on it. Answer heard in silence…

Thornberry Throws Green With Trick Question

Deft opening move from Emily Thornberry, who threw Damian Green by asking if he was happy to be held to the same standards in government that he required of others whilst in opposition. A startled Damian thought what we are all thinking. Turns out cunning Thorners was talking about an old PMQ he once asked on the NHS…

DPMQs: Who’s Asking The Questions?

Questions to The Prime Minister

Q1 Melanie Onn (Great Grimsby) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 29 November.

Q2 Rosie Duffield (Canterbury)

Q3 John Mann (Bassetlaw)

Q4 Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Selly Oak)

Q5 Mr Simon Clarke (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland)

Q6 Patrick Grady (Glasgow North)

Q7 Sarah Jones (Croydon Central)

Q8 Wayne David (Caerphilly)

Q9 Tommy Sheppard (Edinburgh East)

Q10 Wes Streeting (Ilford North)

Q11 Matt Warman (Boston and Skegness)

Q12 Mhairi Black (Paisley and Renfrewshire South)

Q13 Marsha De Cordova (Battersea)

Q14 Rebecca Pow (Taunton Deane)

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Corbyn’s Black Rod Message Backfires

“I hope it isn’t going to take 650 years before the Labour Party has a female leader.”

Jezza walked into that one.

Budget PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Thangam Debbonaire (Bristol West) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 22 November.

Q2 Nigel Huddleston (Mid Worcestershire)

Q3 Kirsty Blackman (Aberdeen North)

Q4 Fiona Bruce (Congleton)

Q5 Bob Blackman (Harrow East)

Q6 Kelly Tolhurst (Rochester and Strood)

Q7 Joan Ryan (Enfield North)

Q8 Yasmin Qureshi (Bolton South East)

Q9 Kirstene Hair (Angus)

Q10 Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon)

Q11 Peter Kyle (Hove)

Q12 Andrew Bowie (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)

Q13 Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe)

Q14 Toby Perkins (Chesterfield)

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PMQs Sketch: Were Her Strepsils Swapped for Performance Enhancers?

At Prime Minister’s Questions, at six minutes past midday, Theresa May almost began to dance. Jeremy Bernard Corbyn had just tried to catch her off-guard – rather like a mugger – by leading on London’s crime wave. That is, the plague of midnight stabbing and acid-ing unleashed by New Labour’s lost children. Cue Theresa: “He might not have noticed but the Police and Crime Commissioner in London is the Mayor…”

As soon as she said “mayor”, Theresa May started to flick her wrist back and forth, finger outstretched, pointing between the government and opposition benches. This is a new action in a limited repertoire of gestures, a far cry from the ‘nothing has changed maniacal double-hand wave’. Turning side on, she paused, then said: “is he one of ours or one of yours?”

Unusually, her backbenchers roared with glee. Damian Green raised a smile wider than a pornstar’s legs. And then it really started to happen.  Riding the crest of the wave, as stand-up comics call it, Theresa May herself smiled and said: “perhaps the leader of the Labour Party thinks the mayor’s not Labour enough for him.”

Had her Strepsils been swapped for some banned performance enhancing drug? How long could this near-symphonic high last for the Prime Minister? She had succeed in delighting the House more with this attacking first answer than she has at any parliamentary appearance since the election. Put more of this in her Benylin!

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PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Tom Tugendhat (Tonbridge and Malling) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 15 November.

Q2 Mark Pawsey (Rugby)

Q3 Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)

Q4 Carolyn Harris (Swansea East)

Q5 Oliver Dowden (Hertsmere)

Q6 Michael Tomlinson (Mid Dorset and North Poole)

Q7 Nigel Mills (Amber Valley)

Q8 Stephen Gethins (North East Fife)

Q9 Michelle Donelan (Chippenham)

Q10 Mary Creagh (Wakefield)

Q11 Ms Marie Rimmer (St Helens South and Whiston)

Q12 Kit Malthouse (North West Hampshire)

Q13 Stephen Lloyd (Eastbourne)

Q14 Paul Masterton (East Renfrewshire)

Q15 Tracy Brabin (Batley and Spen)

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 1 November

Q2 Ms Nusrat Ghani (Wealden)

Q3 Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham)

Q4 David Linden (Glasgow East)

Q5 Chris Law (Dundee West)

Q6 Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham)

Q7 Fiona Bruce (Congleton)

Q8 Gavin Newlands (Paisley and Renfrewshire North)

Q9 Alex Chalk (Cheltenham)

Q10 Bridget Phillipson (Houghton and Sunderland South)

Q11 Oliver Dowden (Hertsmere)

Q12 Lisa Nandy (Wigan)

Q13 Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton)

Q14 Leo Docherty (Aldershot)

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Corbyn’s Prime Time Advertising

Was Corbyn paid for his prime time promo for Tracey Ullman’s new Friday night show?

May on Jared: MPs Must Show Women Respect

Theresa May responds to the Jared O’Mara scandal:

“All of us in the House should have due care and attention to the way in which we refer to other people and should show women in public life the respect they deserve.”

Remarkable it took Labour so long to deal with him.

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PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister 

Q1 Afzal Khan (Manchester, Gorton) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 25 October.

Q2 Jo Platt (Leigh)

Q3 Kevin Foster (Torbay)

Q4 Stewart Hosie (Dundee East)

Q5 Mrs Sheryll Murray (South East Cornwall)

Q6 Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon)

Q7 Tonia Antoniazzi (Gower)

Q8 Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham)

Q9 Simon Hoare (North Dorset)

Q10 Thelma Walker (Colne Valley)

Q11 Tommy Sheppard (Edinburgh East)

Q12 Victoria Prentis (Banbury)

Q13 Alison McGovern (Wirral South)

Q14 Joanna Cherry (Edinburgh South West)

Q15 Mr Mark Hendrick (Preston)

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Arms Folded in Unity

Actually not a bad ad lib from Corbyn pointing out that Amber Rudd was keeping Boris and Hammond apart at PMQs.

Positive body language… sorta.

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PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Esther McVey (Tatton) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 18 October.

Q2 Rachel Reeves (Leeds West)

Q3 Margaret Greenwood (Wirral West)

Q4 Ruth George (High Peak)

Q5 Luke Hall (Thornbury and Yate)

Q6 Laura Pidcock (North West Durham)

Q7 Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South)

Q8 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test)

Q9 Julie Cooper (Burnley)

Q10 Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes)

Q11 Joan Ryan (Enfield North)

Q12 John McNally (Falkirk)

Q13 Sir David Crausby (Bolton North East)

Q14 Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover)

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Rudd Schmoozes Backbenchers Over Sushi and Sandwiches

You can usually spot which Tories are mounting leadership bids by seeing who has been hosting colleagues for evening drinkies. Amber Rudd has taken a more metropolitan approach – yesterday she schmoozed backbenchers over sushi and sandwiches at a lunch held in her office after PMQs. Rudd was working the room hard, one MP said: “It was obviously a thinly disguised leadership bid”. Others present say the get-together was more about getting colleagues on board with the immigration bill. Those huge donations are being well spent…

“Whoops”

Not sure it was rage, more carelessness judging by the “whoops” and smirk from the PM…[…] Read the rest

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