Cameron led tributes to Lance Corporal Jonathan McKinlay and Marine David Fairbrother, who died in Afghanistan. The Repatriation Report: “We here at The Final Turn stood true and firm to see home these two brave young soldiers”.
Miliband led with unemployment figures – government policies not working. Once again, “every job lost is a tragedy for that person and that family”. I can’t believe how many times Cameron has trotted out that phrase. He should realise that endless repetition dulls the message and reinforces the impression that he is insincere.
Tetchy, rowdy, with two long lists of government ‘achievements’. Neither of them listened to the other, neither addressed the issues, but this is PMQs so petty sniping is par for the course. Tellingly, there were plenty of jeers from the Labour benches when the TPA report on Union Leaders’ stratospheric pay was raised.
Sorry, I forgot about Nick Clegg, again. Make up your own jokes.
Did your MP speak?
Sir Alan Beith, LibDem, Berwick-upon-Tweed; Sir Peter Tapsell, Father of the House; Nia Griffith, Lab, Llanelli; Lorraine Fullbrook, Con, South Ribble; Andy Slaughter, Lab, Hammersmith; James Morris, Con, Halesowen & Rowley Regis; Denis MacShane, Independent Labour, Rotherham; Richard Fuller, Con, Bedford; Andrew Miller, Chair, Science & Technology Committee/Lab, Ellesmere Port & Neston; Mark Spencer, Con, Sherwood; Pat Glass, Lab, North West Durham; Alan Reid, LibDem, Argyll & Bute; Keith Vaz, Lab, Leicester East; Esther McVey, Con, Wirral West; Alun Michael, Lab Co-op, Cardiff South & Penarth; Nick de Bois, Con, Enfield North; Kelvin Hopkins, Lab, Luton North; Simon Hart, Camarthen West & South Pembrokeshire; Jon Ashworth, Lab, Leicester South; Henry Smith, Con, Crawley; Steve Rotherham, Lab, Liverpool Walton; Christopher Pincher, Con, Tamworth; Margaret Ritchie, SDLP, South Down; Lee Scott, Con, Ilford North.
Topics raised (in order):
Women’s State Pensions; calling for “the prosecution of senior British bankers”; Fox & Werrity; BAE/job losses; NHS cuts in his constituency; children in “problem families”; Ukraine/EU/stalinist show trial of Yulia Tymoshenko; business, not govt, creates jobs; closure of the FSS and loss of experience; welfare reform; ministerial code/Fox & Werrity; women’s retirement age/pensions; “gender equality” in Royal succession; Miliband’s “sinners & winners” in business; Fox & Werrity; mandatory sentencing for knife crime; Britain shd withdraw from EU fisheries policy; job creation in his constituency/banks’ credit flow; youth unemployment/education system; TPA report on Union Leaders’ pay; behaviour in the House on Tuesday evening/MPs pensions/Hillsborough; reintroduction of “rigour” into the education system; independent public inquiry/Pat Finucane; prisoner swap for Gilad Shalit.
Followed by a Statement on Northern Ireland.
Beith – Fullbrook (incl. Cameron -v- Miliband)
Slaughter – Ashworth
Smith – Scott
That’s it – see you on Sunday.