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PMQs: Cameron canters home

21 January 2015 13:32
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David Cameron cantered home at PMQs today. Armed with both good employment numbers, praise from Obama and the IMF for the UK economy and the delay in publication to the… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: EU referendum, the Greens and A&E

14 January 2015 16:55
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Would he say no to saying no? The first question at PMQs, from Gregg McClymont, was about Cameron’s vote in the EU referendum, (if it ever happens). McClymont wants the… Continue reading

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The debate about TV debates dominated today’s PMQs

14 January 2015 13:23
One of the 2010 election debates.

PMQs today was dominated by the debate about debates. After a few statesmanlike questions about the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, Miliband started to needle Cameron about his reluctance… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: In which today’s big loser is the NHS

7 January 2015 16:45
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Everyone predicted a sombre PMQs. It was anything but. A mood of opportunistic and lacerating silliness dominated today’s exchanges. The NHS – poor thing – was fought over like a… Continue reading

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PMQs: Playing Punch and Judy with the NHS

7 January 2015 14:52
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Today’s PMQs was, predictably, about the NHS. But the Punch and Judy nature of the session seemed particularly small in the light of events in Paris. After expressions of solidarity… Continue reading

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Labour seeks urgent question on A&E crisis

7 January 2015 10:15
Public Inquiry Into Stafford Hospital Scandal Resumes

Andy Burnham has put in a request for an urgent question on the A&E crisis, I have learned. The question, which the Speaker has yet to decide whether or not… Continue reading

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How will Ed Miliband use the A&E crisis at PMQs?

7 January 2015 9:47
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

Towards the end of 2014, David Cameron was finding PMQs ‘boring’. He knew that it was turning into a session where each week both he and Ed Miliband basically said… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Three senior politicians are accused of mass murder

17 December 2014 16:53
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Time travel came to PMQs today. The leaders discussed what year it will be in 2020. The answer, naturally, isn’t 2020. Ed Miliband quoted the OBR and claimed that the… Continue reading

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PMQs: Cameron and Miliband clash on the economy

17 December 2014 13:55
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Today’s PMQs was the last one before the holidays. But there was not much Christmas cheer on display. Cameron and Miliband clashed on the economy, with the Labour leader keen… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Nick Clegg heats up in the hot seat

10 December 2014 17:32
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Cameron is away in Ankara. His mission is to annoy the Germans by inviting Turkey to join the EU as soon as possible. It all sounds like fun. Let’s hope… Continue reading

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PMQs: Nick Clegg delivers a perfect Cameroon performance

10 December 2014 14:16
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Liberal Democrat Party Conference

Nick Clegg’s performance at PMQs reminded me of Field Marshall Bosquet’s verdict on the charge of the Light Brigade, ‘c’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas la guerre’. After a week… Continue reading

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Miliband chooses the wrong day to have a good PMQs

3 December 2014 13:03
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Ed Miliband has just managed to have a really good PMQs on a day when there is such a big story following the session that it will barely get reported.… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: In sickness and in health

26 November 2014 17:25
Mark Reckless (‘Boo!!’) asks his question at PMQs

Health, health, health. Viewers of PMQs must be sick of it by now. Health this, health that. Health, health. On and on. Ad nauseam. Today’s exchanges involved the usual tussle… Continue reading

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PMQs: Ukip’s presence unnerves both the Tories and Labour

26 November 2014 13:36
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Ed Miliband is determined to talk about the NHS as much as possible at PMQs while David Cameron wants the economy to be Topic A. The result: Miliband asks about… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Labour and Ed Miliband are the ones who are really out of touch

19 November 2014 18:23
Labour Leader Ed Miliband waits to enter the hall to address supporters on November 13, 2014 in London.

Ironic Tory roars greeted Miliband’s ascent to the vertical at PMQs today. He assumed his habitual spanked puppy look. It’s quite a sight, Ed’s expression of frosty endurance. Part dismay,… Continue reading

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Cameron and Miliband exchange insults at PMQs

19 November 2014 13:44

PMQs is in a rut. The exchanges between Cameron and Miliband now descend into the trading of insults even faster than they did before and both sides simply use PMQs… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: No poppy for Harman, Miliband on the attack, Cameron in transcendental-parrot mode

5 November 2014 16:03
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Was that a pop at Hattie? Ed Miliband began PMQs by evoking the centenary of the Great War. ‘We will all be wearing our poppies with particular pride this year,’… Continue reading

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Miliband corners Cameron on immigration at listless PMQs

5 November 2014 13:59
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The Commons has a rather listless feel to it at the moment. Today’s PMQs will not live long in the memory. Ed Miliband’s strategy was to get David Cameron to… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Buck passing and wasted billions

29 October 2014 17:45
Angry shouty politicians — the hallmarks of Prime Minister's Questions.

The hypocrisy was breath-taking. The opportunism was scandalous. The lack of principle was extraordinary. All the same, it wasn’t a bad move. Ed Miliband used PMQs to attack the Tories… Continue reading

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PMQs: Immigration arguments mean Ukip won the session without asking a question

29 October 2014 13:00
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Ed Miliband chose one of his medleys of things that have gone wrong for today’s Prime Minister’s Questions. There were plenty of those to choose from, and the Labour leader… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Cameron and Miliband squabble over the NHS, while saying nothing

22 October 2014 16:51
David Cameron and Ed Miliband in March 2013 (Photo: WPA Pool/Getty)

It didn’t work. But it was a good idea. David Cameron prepared an ambush for Ed Miliband at PMQs today. The trouble was he attacked the Labour leader for a… Continue reading

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An NHS stale-mate and squirms for John Bercow, in today’s PMQs

22 October 2014 13:11
David Cameron  (Photo: WPA Poole/Getty)

Today’s PMQs was an NHS stale-mate. David Cameron went after Labour on the NHS in Wales, demanding that Labour agree to an OECD inquiry into the NHS there, while Ed… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Miliband targets Tory turpitude

15 October 2014 16:36
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It was like the last night of the Proms at PMQs. Miliband stood up to hearty roars—Tory roars—that seemed to go on for minutes. This was the longest and most… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Strange allies and a fake truce makes for weird times in Westminster

10 September 2014 16:36
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Weird times in Westminster. PMQs was downgraded today so that the evening news wouldn’t carry pictures of a remote House of Commons debating the referendum in a complacent and uncaring… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Was Carswell right all along?

3 September 2014 17:34
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Calamities crowd in every side. Nuclear-armed Russia is already waging war with Europe, according to our NATO ally, Lithuania. At home, Douglas Carswell’s defection threatens to rob the Tories of… Continue reading

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