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The Tories have brought back the expenses scandal and buried their own good news

9 April 2014 14:33

PMQs today was bad for David Cameron, but nowhere near as bad as it could have been. No permanent damage was done to him. Ed Miliband did not, to my… Continue reading


PMQs was messy, but it won’t help Labour

9 April 2014 13:54

PMQs was very messy for David Cameron. It was never going to be fun coming after Maria Miller’s resignation (although it would have been a lot less fun if Miller… Continue reading


Miliband’s moment of decision, does he call for Maria Miller to go?

8 April 2014 19:03

Ed Miliband faces a big decision tonight, does he use PMQs tomorrow to call for Maria Miller’s resignation. So far, he has limited himself to saying that Cameron has questions… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: An old-fashioned punch-up between Cameron and Miliband

2 April 2014 17:09

Cameron, the king of the mood swings, was on typical form today. He veers between calmness and rage with alarming rapidity. The pattern is always the same. He deals reasonably… Continue reading


PMQs: Meet ‘the dunce of Downing Street’ and the ‘muppets’

2 April 2014 13:34
Balls and Miliband in their muppet guise?

The increasingly personal bickering between Cameron and Miliband went on today for most of the session. After a bad tempered set of formal exchanges—with Miliband branding Cameron ‘the dunce of Downing… Continue reading


PMQs: What the Labour manifesto really said about Royal Mail

2 April 2014 13:11
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Today at Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron accused Ed Miliband of ignoring his own party’s manifesto on the Royal Mail. He said: ‘He said just then, Mr Speaker, it’s a… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: Ed Balls ruins Miliband’s piece of theatre

26 March 2014 17:20

Last week, if you can remember that far back, World War Three was about to start in Ukraine. The fixture was postponed, thankfully, and politics at Westminster has returned to… Continue reading


PMQs: Lib Dems have thwarted changes to fox hunting law

26 March 2014 13:49
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Ed Miliband started strongly at PMQs today. He seized on Scottish and Southern’s announcement that they’ll freeze energy prices as a justification of his most popular policy, the energy price… Continue reading


The ghost of Tony Benn stalked PMQs

19 March 2014 15:45
Tony Benn Joins Remebrance Ceremony For 204 Dead Soldiers

Tony Benn, the most divisive left-wing figure since the war, united the house today. David Cameron paid tribute to him as an orator, diarist and campaigner. Ed Miliband praised his… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: what Tony Blair knew about being a toff, and what Nick Clegg doesn’t

12 March 2014 17:37
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg And Business Secretary Vince Cable Visit Ricardo Engine Assembly Facility

Hattie Harman tried to crack Clegg today. The deputy prime minister, standing in for David Cameron, explained carefully that his boss was visiting, ‘Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories.’ Not… Continue reading


Britain’s failure to intervene in Syria is ‘shameful’ says Labour MP John Woodcock

12 March 2014 14:00
John Woodcock suggested Britain's failure to intervene in Syria was 'shameful'

One of the more remarkable exchanges of today’s PMQs was the intervention by John Woodcock towards the end of the session. He surprised colleagues by calling the failure to intervene… Continue reading


PMQs: Labour still loathe – and feel contempt for – Nick Clegg

12 March 2014 13:29
Nick Clegg Gives A Speech On Britain In Europe

With David Cameron in Israel today, it was the deputies’ turn at PMQs. These Clegg/Harman sessions are, by now, thoroughly predictable. Harman attacks the Lib Dems as the Tories’ accomplices… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: Bring back ya-boo politics – at least it’s watchable

5 March 2014 16:32
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We all know what’s wrong with ya-boo politics. Today we saw what’s right with it. Instead of the usual shouting match we had a calm, well-mannered, (and deadly dull,) debate.… Continue reading


PMQs: Cameron won’t commit to travel restrictions on the Russian elite

5 March 2014 13:33

Six questions from Ed Miliband on Ukraine resulted in a calmer, more discursive PMQs than normal. Though I suspect that the headlines will be grabbed by Samantha Cameron’s presence in… Continue reading


PMQs: will the Commons return to rowdiness?

5 March 2014 8:59

Will PMQs return to rowdiness today? The Chamber was a little quiet last week, which was perhaps down to a combination of rather serious questions from MPs and the debates… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: Miliband turned Cameron’s flooding fraud into a faux pas

26 February 2014 17:22
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Earlier this week David Cameron threatened the Lib Dems with divorce. Today, two of their senior figures offered to kiss and make up. Sir Alan Beith and Sir Bob Russell,… Continue reading


PMQs: Ed Miliband wants belief in climate change to be an article of faith

26 February 2014 13:17
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Ed Miliband again went on climate change and the floods at Prime Minister’s Questions. Miliband believes that Cameron is vulnerable on this subject, that people will notice how Cameron –… Continue reading


Ed Miliband: Children behave better than MPs at PMQs

23 February 2014 14:15
Angry shouty politicians — the hallmarks of Prime Minister's Questions.

A rite of passage for any Opposition leader these days is to promise to make politics more decent and connected to people’s lives. One recent Opposition leader said this, for… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: Floods dominated everything

12 February 2014 17:32
The wellies were off at PMQs, but flooding still dominated (Photo: Tim Ireland/AFP/Getty)

Wellies off, gloves on. The party leaders greeted each other with forced displays of warmth and mutual esteem today. Outside, the gusts blew, the rivers rose and the heavens wept.… Continue reading


PMQs: Miliband won’t put politics away over the floods

12 February 2014 14:17
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PMQs today started with a more genteel tone in deference to the floods. But Ed Miliband showed that he has no intention of putting politics away entirely, effectively needling David… Continue reading


PMQs needs reforming but it shouldn’t be toned down

11 February 2014 21:57
Angry shouty politicians — the hallmarks of Prime Minister's Questions.

To anyone in Westminster, Prime Minister’s Questions is terrific fun and a good measurement of how the leaders are doing every week. But what does the rest of the country… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: Miliband nutmegs Cameron, while the Speaker seemed preoccupied

5 February 2014 16:28
Where are all the women, Dave? (Photo: BBC)

That should have been a tap-in. London is currently crippled by a Tube strike thanks to the noted beach enthusiast, Bob Crow, and his high-earning chums at the RMT. So… Continue reading


PMQs sees Miliband press Cameron on his party’s ‘problem with women’

5 February 2014 13:50
(Photo: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth)

Today was not a good PMQs for David Cameron. Ed Miliband went on the issue of whether the Tory party has a ‘problem with women’ and was handed a huge… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: Cameron kick-starts a Miliband recovery

29 January 2014 17:21
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Cunning work from Milband at PMQs. He played Syria like a fixed-odds betting machine and came away with a minor jackpot. Last week he had urged the prime minister to… Continue reading


Class war at PMQs leaves Labour in better heart

29 January 2014 13:58
‘Punch and Judy’ returns to PMQs. Image: Getty

It was back to business as usual at PMQs today. Gone was Miliband’s effort to raise the tone, which Cameron ruthlessly exploited last week, to be replaced by an old-fashioned,… Continue reading