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PMQs: will the Commons return to rowdiness?

5 March 2014

8:59 AM

5 March 2014

8:59 AM

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 over recess about whether the session had become more juvenile. But this isn’t down to any plan by the Prime Minister: I hear that recently told a group of supporters that while he had sympathy with Ed Miliband’s attempt to cool things down, he’d tried that himself and it hadn’t worked at all.

What will be interesting is whether Ed Miliband – or his colleagues on the Labour benches – raise the arrest of Patrick Rock. Number 10 is accused in many of the papers of a ‘cover-up’ over details of the arrest, and Labour sources have already suggested that Downing Street may have sat on the news to make the most of the Mail’s attacks on Harriet Harman. But to raise it is still a high risk strategy for Miliband given the nature of the allegations: it is not particularly beneficial for Labour to look like a party of conspiracy theorists.

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