"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

PMQs: Summary + Videos

Tributes were paid to Private Martin Bell, 2nd Btn Parachute Regiment who lost his life in an ied explosion in Afghanistan.
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Egypt dominated Miliband's questioning today.   Bringing home Britons trapped in Egypt.  Jobs, freedom of speech and right to say who governs them.  He later moved on to a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan and the progress of 'the mission'.  Cameron  spoke of freedom, democracy and rights 'the world over' and the 'incredibly moving' pictures coming out of Egypt.

All seemed to be sweetness and light as usual with only one or two sparks from backbenchers.  Cameron was Mr Reasonable himself which, given Miliband's questions centred on Afghanistan and Egypt, is probably understandable.

I had a torrid time with buffering and keeping a connection so I'm afraid MPs and questions aren't complete this week - it's sod's law that it hasn't happened since PMQs ended.

Did your MP ask a question?
Bob Russell, LibDem, Colchester;  xxx;  Simon Wright, LibDem, Norwich South;  xxx;  Laura Sandys, Con, East Thane;  xxx;  Nadine Dorries, Con, Mid-Bedfordshire;   Elfyn Llwyd, Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader;  Daniel Kawczynski, Con, Shrewsbury & Atcham;   Ronnie Campbell, Lab, Blyth Valley;  Kris Hopkins, Con, Keighley;  Ann Clwyd, Lab, Cynon Valley;  Tony Baldry, Con, Banbury;  Stephen Timms, Lab, East Ham;  Zac Goldsmith, Con, Richmond Park;   William McCrae,   DUP, South Antrim; Guy Opperman, Con, Hexham;  Huw Irranca-Davies,  Labour, Ogmore;  John Glen, Con, Salisbury;  Thomas Docherty, Lab, Dunfermline & West Fife;  Jackie Doyle-Price, Con, Thurrock; Anas Sarwar, Lab, Glasgow Central;  Oliver Heald, Con, Hertfordshire North-East;  Barry Sheerman, Lab, Huddersfield.

Topics raised:
Voluntary services/localism/cuts;  xxx; education; the closure of Pfizer;  xxx; IPC incinerator and localism;  bankers' bonuses and the honours system;  Royal Shrewsbury Hospital;  cuts & a £50bn election 'war chest';  school-children with English as a 2nd language;  Remploy;  Labour's structural deficit;  scrapping the Future Jobs fund;  CFP and fish-discarding; rebalancing the economy in N.Ireland;  apprenticeship schemes;  defence industry jobs in his constituency (Dunfermline);  childhood poverty;  NHS still-births;  Academy schools in Thurrock;  lack of economic plan;  pension provision and dignity in retirement;  sale of English woodland and forests.

Videos to follow; hopefully they'll fill in the gaps.

Cameron - McCrae re N.Ireland economy

(From the DUP's own Channel)

Cameron - Campbell re public sector cuts


Cameron - Baldry re Labour's structural deficit


Cameron - Goldsmith re EU fishing policy


In full


With thanks for the vids to LiarPoliticians
That's all, folks!

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