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PMQs Sketch: Cameron’s lurches to the left

15 July 2015 16:08
The Speaker's number one admirer (Getty Images).

‘Put that on your leaflets,’ snarled Cameron at PMQs. Inwardly he was gloating. Labour voted against Tory welfare reforms last night so the PM was able to boast that Labour… Continue reading


PMQs: the Tories are set for a happy summer holiday

15 July 2015 13:33

This was the last PMQs before the recess, and the Tory side of the House was in an end of term mood. When Harriet Harman stood up, the Tory benches… Continue reading


What does George Osborne have against the fecund?

8 July 2015 18:12
The Chancellor Hosts A Reception For Victoria Cross And George Cross Veterans

Budget leaks were once the cause of scandals, inquiries and resignations. But the contents of George Osborne’s red box were spilled across the papers last Sunday. By yesterday the entire… Continue reading


What happens next with Heathrow?

1 July 2015 17:40
An airliner comes in to land at Heathrow Airport on August 11, 2014 in London, England.

Now that the Davies Commission has made its recommendation, the ball is back in the government’s court. The biggest immediate challenge the government has to face is David Cameron’s 2009… Continue reading


PMQs Sketch: Airports and angry Nats

1 July 2015 16:22
Airport Commission Report A Backs Third Runway At Heathrow

Chooom! Davies has arrived. Sir Howard’s report made a text-book landing on the PM’s desk yesterday afternoon and began taxiing towards Cameron’s in-tray. But the PM hasn’t read it yet.… Continue reading


PMQs: David Cameron gives the impression he isn’t sold on a third runway at Heathrow

1 July 2015 13:29
David Cameron at PMQs today. Photo: BBC.

Harriet Harman began at PMQs by asking about the situation in Tunisia. The mood of the House was appropriately sombre as this issue was discussed and there was much agreement… Continue reading


At this rate Labour won’t even be a debating society in five years time

24 June 2015 16:44
Harriet Harman Speaks On The Labour Party Future

The phoney war continues. While Labour searches for its next Michael Foot, the party’s stand-in boss, Harriet Harman, seems keen to lose the 2020 election as soon as possible. Some… Continue reading


PMQs: some revealing exchanges from Cameron on tax credits, broadband and ‘the vow’

24 June 2015 13:09
David Cameron at PMQs today. Photo: BBC.

In PMQs today, there was no sense of the drama going on outside in Central Lobby as disability campaigners attempted to enter the Chamber. But the exchanges were far more… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: He lays roads. He decrees bridges. Is there anything George Osborne can’t do?

17 June 2015 16:16
osborne pmqs

At last it happened. Benn led Labour. Hilary Benn, grandson of a hereditary peer, stood up at PMQs on behalf of the dispossessed. Gravitas was his chosen register. Radicalisation was… Continue reading


Osborne’s slick PMQs performance

17 June 2015 13:08
osborne slick

PMQs was not the normal, partisan slug-fest today. Instead, there were a slew of serious questions on the challenge of Islamic extremism at home and abroad and the migrant crisis.… Continue reading


Osborne’s audition

14 June 2015 10:58
Image: Getty.

On Wednesday at Noon, George Osborne will rise to respond for the government at Prime Minister’s Questions. The symbolism of this moment won’t be lost on anyone on the Tory… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: Dave gloats in front of Saint Hattie

10 June 2015 16:04
The State Opening Of Parliament

Poor old Labour. They’re still so crushed by the election result that they put up dead-parrot Harriet Harman against Cameron every Wednesday. Why not let the leadership candidates use him… Continue reading


PMQs: Harman puts Cameron in his place

10 June 2015 13:54
Cameron and Harman at the State Opening of Parliament. Getty images.

Harriet Harman has 16 years on David Cameron and she used that advantage very effectively today. After Cameron replied to her first question on the EU referendum with a string… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: And they’re back

3 June 2015 16:33

‘Don’t gloat’. Cameron trotted along to the Commons today with this commandment ringing in his ears. He nearly managed it. But his manner betrayed his state of mind. There was… Continue reading


Tory rebels are already starting to cause trouble

3 June 2015 15:52
A 'sincere' rebel (Photo: Getty)

David Cameron might have had an enjoyable session teasing Labour at Prime Minister’s Questions, but as soon as he’d finished doing so in his head-to-head with Harriet Harman, he was… Continue reading


Cameron has a PMQs trump card – he won the election

3 June 2015 14:44
Politico Top Trump cards from 2010.

The first PMQs after an election victory is a moment to savour for a Prime Minister. He knows that the result gives him a trump card he can play again… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: Haunted by Salmond

25 March 2015 17:19
Alex Salmond haunted proceedings today. Pictured: Alex Salmond's appearance as a ghost in Pakistani soap opera ‘The Castle’ (yes, really)

Cameron expected to walk into a firestorm of mockery at PMQs following his retirement bombshell. Quitter. Lame duck. Get yer pipe-‘n’-slippers. But barely an audible jibe was flung from the… Continue reading


Is it really surprising that people think Ed Miliband is more of a toff than David Cameron?

25 March 2015 15:55
Toff? Or not Toff? Image: Getty

The most remarkable poll of the week was the one which suggested the British public find Ed Miliband more of a toff than David Cameron. It takes something to out-toff an… Continue reading


PMQs: Miliband jumps straight into Cameron’s final trap

25 March 2015 13:29

In the final PMQs of this session, David Cameron scored his most comprehensive victory. Challenged by Ed Miliband to rule out raising VAT, Cameron got to his feet and simply… Continue reading


PMQs highlights: the best of Cameron vs Miliband

25 March 2015 12:03

As the current parliament draws to a close, we’ve reached the final PMQs fixture. It seemed the perfect opportunity to reflect on some of the highlights from recent PMQs. Here’s Coffee… Continue reading


Today could be the last time David Cameron and Ed Miliband ever go head to head

25 March 2015 9:10
Labour party leader Ed Miliband speaks as Prime Minister David Cameron is questioned by MPs in the House of Commons.

PMQs at midday today essentially marks the end of this Parliament. Although Parliament won’t formally dissolve until Monday, very little of consequence will happen in the next few days.The main topics for… Continue reading


Both leaders had their lines to push at PMQs

11 March 2015 13:45

Rather predictably, Ed Miliband went on the TV debates again today at PMQs. Labour believe that Cameron’s refusal to do a head to head debate, despite having previously indicated he… Continue reading


Some poorly-timed heckles made for an unedifying PMQs

4 March 2015 16:21

Thank goodness there aren’t that many Prime Minister’s Questions left before the election. As James said, there was a rather end-of-term feeling to today’s session: indeed, it felt a bit… Continue reading


PMQs: The TV debates row rumbles on

4 March 2015 13:59

There are only a couple more sessions of PMQs left before the election and there was a slightly end of term feeling to today’s session. Ed Miliband started by mocking… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: A jam for Cam but the greased piglet escaped again!

25 February 2015 17:30

That was a close one. Miliband set two traps for the PM today. One was visible. The other, far more dangerous, was hidden until the very last moment. Miliband wants… Continue reading