PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Catherine McKinnell (Newcastle upon Tyne North) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 17 January.

Q2 Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Slough)

Q3 Jeff Smith (Manchester, Withington)

Q4 David Linden (Glasgow East)

Q5 Simon Hoare (North Dorset)

Q6 Carol Monaghan (Glasgow North West)

Q7 Dr Lisa Cameron (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)

Q8 David Simpson (Upper Bann)

Q9 Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe)

Q10 Alex Norris (Nottingham North)

Q11 Imran Hussain (Bradford East)

Q12 Stephen Timms (East Ham)

Q13 Paul Scully (Sutton and Cheam)

Q14 Sir Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk)

Q15 Scott Mann (North Cornwall)

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Anything But Another Year of This

Reality dawns: another year of this sh*t. Every sitting week, for at least an hour, for another year, the torture of PMQs continues. Our Christmas wishes were not granted: no sudden resignations, no personality transplants, no new stopwatch for the Speaker – just the very same, for another year, the perpetual merry-go-round of this utter, horrendous nightmare continues to turn. Could there be a duller prospect than 365 more days? Of these two? End it all now – end it now before it has even begun. 

Despite spending two weeks in Mexico, Jez didn’t even look sun-kissed – but he used his first outing of the year to prove he is still red inside. The Labour leader paid homage to the Sacred God of Health Our NHS (“envy of the world”, Britain’s pride, Britain’s joy). For once leading on something actually in the news, he put the ‘Winter Crisis’ (referred to by May as “winter pressures”) at the top of his list of ‘questions’ – to show the fans he cares – even though he was literally on the other side of the planet while the ‘crisis’ developed. He didn’t mention his holiday. Funny that… 

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PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Mike Amesbury (Weaver Vale) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 10 January.

Q2 Emma Hardy (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle)

Q3 James Cleverly (Braintree)

Q4 Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire)

Q5 David Morris (Morecambe and Lunesdale)

Q6 Thelma Walker (Colne Valley)

Q7 Luciana Berger (Liverpool, Wavertree)

Q8 Grahame Morris (Easington)

Q9 Gerald Jones (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)

Q10 Stephen Kerr (Stirling)

Q11 Lucy Allan (Telford)

Q12 Dame Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham)

Q13 Kevin Foster (Torbay)

Q14 Dr Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire)

Q15 Mhairi Black (Paisley and Renfrewshire South)

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Jezza’s PMQs Christmas List

Dear Santa

First of all, can I take this opportunity to thank you for all the hard work you will do this year. Not just you, but Mrs Claus and every one of the reindeer as well. I pay tribute to you and all those who work in our National Elf Service, who, just like our heroic postal and emergency workers, brave snow and hail to provide the services each and everyone of us rely on. We thank all of them.

Our elves haven’t had a pay rise for ten years and many of them do not know how many hours of work they will get until Christmas Eve. We back a pay rise for our NES.

Can I also thank the Grinch, Mr Scrooge, and all those who have ever stolen or threatened Christmas. Let me say this: we support both those who embrace Christmas and those who oppose Christmas. All those involved in this great season, on whatever side, will be investigated and dealt with according to our procedures as appropriate.

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PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Oral Questions to The Prime Minister

Q1 Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (Tooting) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 20 December.

Q2 Sir Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley)

Q3 Ronnie Cowan (Inverclyde)

Q4 Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley)

Q5 Clive Efford (Eltham)

Q6 Laura Pidcock (North West Durham)

Q7 Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean)

Q8 Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)

Q9 Jack Lopresti (Filton and Bradley Stoke)

Q10 Lucy Powell (Manchester Central)

Q11 Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Selly Oak)

Q12 Scott Mann (North Cornwall)

Q13 Graham P Jones (Hyndburn)

Q14 Mims Davies (Eastleigh)

Q15 Bill Esterson (Sefton Central)

Last PMQs of the year…

Life’s Too Short

PMQs was so unspeakably awful it doesn’t deserve sketching. Goodbye.

May on “The Labour Sisterhood”

Harriet Harman and Liz Kendall would both like that to come true…

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PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 13 December.

Q2 Mrs Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire)

Q3 Mike Hill (Hartlepool)

Q4 Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East)

Q5 Julian Knight (Solihull)

Q6 Gareth Snell (Stoke-on-Trent Central)

Q7 Robert Jenrick (Newark)

Q8 Alex Norris (Nottingham North)

Q9 Caroline Flint (Don Valley)

Q10 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield)

Q11 Stephen Timms (East Ham)

Q12 Rishi Sunak (Richmond (Yorks)

Q13 Stewart Malcolm McDonald (Glasgow South)

Q14 Mr Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West)

Q15 Dr Caroline Johnson (Sleaford and North Hykeham)

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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. 

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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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