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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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PMQs highlighted the Speaker’s diminishing authority

3 September 2014 13:28
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John Bercow, the self-styled champion of Parliament, is now being scrutinised by MPs via a series of increasingly hostile points of order. The Speaker’s response to today’s barrage of points… Continue reading

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How can Ed Miliband make the most of Tory chaos over Carswell?

3 September 2014 11:56
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Ed Miliband would never have seen it coming, but he’s starting his first PMQs of the autumn term in a jolly good place. Labour MPs that I’ve spoken to over… Continue reading

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What would you ask the prime minister?

27 July 2014 14:22
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Ed Miliband has suggested that there be a public version of Prime Minister’s Questions. This courageous idea makes Mr S want Miliband to be prime minister. What would you ask… Continue reading

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Dave the radical feminist gets a helping hand from Harriet

16 July 2014 16:54
The Queen Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

It was the final PMQs before the sun-stroke season begins. Usually these are high-spirited Derby Day affairs and Ed Miliband came to the house knowing things could hardly be easier.… Continue reading

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PMQs: David Cameron jumps on Harriet Harman’s ‘tax bombshell’

16 July 2014 13:42
Beckett And Harman

David Cameron cut his political teeth on the 1992 election campaign. He has long told colleagues that he think 2015 will be a very similar election to 1992. Today he… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband needs to mix things up to avoid Cameron’s PMQs attacks

9 July 2014 13:37
David Cameron answers the questions at PMQs.

Ed Miliband’s first few questions to David Cameron today were about the various inquiries into child abuse. Miliband wasn’t interested in creating controversy: he didn’t ask about whether Lady Butler-Sloss… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Miliband’s integer attacks dissolve into a whirl-pool of squiggles

2 July 2014 17:26
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It was damn close. And it scored top marks for effort. Miliband’s plan today was to prove that Cameron’s NHS policy is a disaster. And to prove it with Cameron’s… Continue reading

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Labour wants to stay in its NHS comfort zone and ignore immigration and the economy

2 July 2014 14:06
Angry shouty politicians — the hallmarks of Prime Minister's Questions.

PMQs taught us a number of things about Labour and the Conservatives. The first is that while Labour has a bumper economy week underway, it does not feel sufficiently confident… Continue reading

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PMQs: Cameron and Miliband revisit their youthful indiscretions

2 July 2014 13:11
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Today’s PMQs will not live long in the memory. Ed Miliband led on the NHS and the debate quickly turned into a statistical stalemate. Indeed, at the end Andy Burnham… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband bruises Cameron over Coulson. But will it make a difference?

25 June 2014 16:38
Rebekah Brooks And Andy Coulson Appear At Court Facing Charges Linked To Alleged Bribery

The pressure was all on Miliband today. With Cameron hurt, he needed to show that he can still press home an advantage. First, we all had to listen to the… Continue reading

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The hacking trial has seen the Tories unite, but may have damaged Cameron’s character

25 June 2014 13:35
David Cameron on his way to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. Image: Getty

Today must have been the first that David Cameron thought ‘thank goodness for the Leveson report’ as he prepared for Prime Minister’s Questions. He used the report as a shield… Continue reading

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The Commons is finally talking about Iraq. Will anyone notice?

18 June 2014 13:36
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PMQs last week took place just hours after Mosul had fallen to ISIS. But despite this, not a single MP asked Cameron what the government’s position on the situation in… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: easy sling-shots and grubby sloganising

11 June 2014 16:45
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If there’s a problem in Birmingham it’s too gnarled and subtle for PMQs. Easy sling-shots and grabby sloganising are all that’s required. Ed Miliband had found a simple point of… Continue reading

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Don’t mention the war: Iraq absent from PMQs

11 June 2014 13:44
Iraqi soliders en route to Mosul. Image: Getty

If PMQs today was anything to go by, everything is so hunky-dory in Iraq that MPs needn’t discuss it at all. No-one raised it. Afterwards, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman… Continue reading

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PMQs: An easy ride for Cameron

11 June 2014 13:29
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David Cameron strolled through today’s session of PMQs. Ed Miliband chose not to raise the question of what the Cabinet Secretary’s investigation into the May/Gove spat had found but to… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Cameron deploys his resources skilfully

14 May 2014 18:46
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Miliband’s approval rating among Tory MPs has never been higher. They roared with joy as he got to his feet today. A foolish grin spread across his face, and his… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband makes the best of a bad situation at PMQs

14 May 2014 13:02
German Chancellor Angela Merkel Visits The UK

Today’s PMQs was never going to be easy for Ed Miliband. The latest polls have put a spring in the Tories’ step and made Labour MPs jittery. And today’s job… Continue reading

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Complacent Cameron slips on Miliband’s bananas

7 May 2014 16:51
David Cameron

Easy triumphs soften victors. Cameron demonstrated this truism today as he took two unexpected blows from Ed Miliband at PMQs. The Labour leader led on his new policy of rent… Continue reading

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PMQs: Miliband and Cameron attack on each other’s weaknesses, not the issues

7 May 2014 14:21
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Both Ed Miliband and David Cameron turned up to PMQs today wanting to expose the flaws in their opponent’s character. First, Ed Miliband taunted the Prime Minister about Labour’s new… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband slapped in the face by bouncy Dave

30 April 2014 16:54
Miliband visits Trafalgar Place

As the economy bounces back it keeps smacking Ed Miliband in the face. At PMQs today he tried to pose as the people’s champion fighting fat-cat capitalism. He started with… Continue reading

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