"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, 9 March 2011

PMQs: Summary/Videos

The House paid tribute to Lance Corporal Liam Tasker of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.

Welcome to the My Little Phoney edition of PMQs.  It was full of good-natured noise as usual this week - Conservative backbenchers were particularly ebullient and had the chance to perform their favourite call and response for the tv cameras.

Miliband tried hard to look hard but Cameron came off better in a combative session. Miliband still tends to give the impression of having sessions with a team of scriptwriters who dream up one-liners for him to slot in as and when he can.  We know he does but don't necessarily want to know that he does.  He led with Libya and questioned Hague's competence before he moved on to cuts in the policing budget.

From Cameron  we now know that he "takes full responsibility for everything my government does" and that he has "an excellent Foreign Secretary".  We also heard that he still smokes cigarettes and still believes that the country "is better off inside the EU and making changes", which is why he refuses to allow the people a referendum.

Did your MP speak?
Note:  The Speaker called Stephen Phillips (Con, Sleaford & North Hykeham) for the 2nd b/bench question but his place was taken by a female MP instead - never seen her before. UPDATE:  She was Mary Macleod, Con, Brentford & Isleworth.

Ian Mearns,  Lab, Gateshead; Mary Macleod;  Therese Coffey, Con, Suffolk Coastal; Angus MacNeil, SNP,  Na H-Eileanan an Iar;  Neil Carmichael, Con, Stroud;  Paul Goggins, Lab, Wythenshawe & Sale East;   Tom Brake, LibDem, Carshalton  & Wallington;   Gloria de Piero, Lab,  Ashfield;  Sir Alan Beith, LibDem, Berwick-upon-Tweed;  David Winnick, Lab, Walsall North;  Nigel Adams, Con, Selby & Ainsty;  Mark Durkan, SDLP, Foyle;  Peter Bone, Con, Wellingborough;  Jim Dobbin, Lab Co-op,  Heywood & Middleton;  (Damian Hinds, Con, East Hampshire?);  Karl Turner,  Lab, Kingston-upon-Hull East;  Jeremy Lefroy, Con, Stafford;  Jessica Morden, Lab, Newport East;  Louise Bagshawe, Con, Corby;  Catherine, McKinnell, Lab, Newcastle-upon-Tyne North;  Jake Berry, Con, Rossendale & Darwin; Brian Donohoe, Lab, Central Ayrshire;  James Morris, Con, Halesowen & Rowley Regis;  Jack Dromey, Lab, Birmingham Erdington;  John Baron, Con, Basildon & Billericay.

Matters raised:
No Smoking Day/smoking in cars;   business women/small businesses;  Suffolk hospice movement;  coastguard resources; No to AV referendum;  children  in care/savings accounts;  supporting people on low & middle incomes;  rises in child bus fares;  petrol prices in rural areas;  military action in Libya/UN;  freezes to council tax;  increasing organ donation;  denial of an EU referendum;  withdrawal from prescrption tranquillisers; business-friendly taxation/corporation tax; NHS reforms;  Armed Forces compensation scheme;  pension reform for women;  good trade figures;  cuts to funding for CABs;  £50 fine for Poppy Protesters;  funding for AV referendum campaigns;  strong growth in manufacturing/export; police praise/banker-bashing;  illegal traveller camps.

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