"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, 16 March 2011

PMQs: Summary & Videos

Tributes were paid this week to Lance Corporal Stephen McKee, 1st Battalion Irish Regiment who died last Wednesday in an ied explosion in Helmand.

Cameron went on to say that the Queen will be conferring the title "Royal" on the town of Wootton Basset later this year in recognition of the street-lined tributes to the fallen who have been repatriated through the town.  From September military repatriations will no longer go through RAF Lyneham but through RAF Brize Norton instead.


It was the usual blathering ding-dong again this week; Miliband even copied some of Cameron's lines to roars of approval from his back-benchers.  Much waving of order papers!

Mililband's six questions were all about NHS reform and the Health & Social Care Bill  currently going through Parliament.  Aspects of the Bill are being referred to EU competition law.  He went on to accuse the coalition of "threatening the fabric of the NHS" and did marginally better this week as Cameron seem stumped for some answers.  He did manage to mention that Labour had given £250m to the NHS for operations that were never carried out and ended by saying Miliband was "utterly feeble"

Did your MP speak?
Gregg McClymont, Lab, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East; Malcolm Rifkind, Con, Kensington; Gavin Williamson, Con, South Staffordshire; Angus Robertson, SNP, Westminster Leader; Nigel Adams, Con, Selby & Ainsty; Gordon Marsden, Lab, Blackpool South; Stephen Phillips, Con, Sleaford & North Hykeham; Jim Cunningham, Lab, Coventry South; Jo Swinson, LibDem, East Dunbartonshire; Stephen McCabe, Lab, Birmingham Selly Oak; Matthew Hancock, Con, West Suffolk; Lindsay Roy, Labour, Glenrothes; Stuart Andrew, Con, Pudsey; Nick Smith, Lab, Blaenau Gwent; Bernard Jenkin, Con, Harwich & North Essex; Gareth Thomas, Lab Co-op, Harrow West; Robert Halfon, Con, Harlow; Kelvin Hopkins, Lab, Luton North; James Gray, Con, Wiltshire North; Jonathan Edwards, Plaid, Camarthen East & Dinefwr; Simon Wright, LibDem, Norwich South; Rushanara Ali, Lab, Bethnal Green & Bow; Damian Collins, Con, Folkestone & Hythe; Gemma Doyle, Lab Co-op, West Dunbartonshire.

Topics raised:
Overseas victims of' terrorism compensation scheme not available for Britons; Libyan no-fly zone/Arab League/encouraging Egyptian Army; decline in productivity in NHS hospitals; unemployment figures in Scotland/"biggest oil-producing country in Europe"; traveller sites in Selby; DLA mobililty component/care homes; Fitch credit rating agency & the economy; residential care provision; failure of international community to curtail Gaddafi; "betrayal" of the police/cuts/ pay freeze; double murder in W. Suffolk/the rule of law; independent British rescue team turned away from Japan; Olympic tickets on sale/AV comparison; Ark Royal/Military Covenant/RBL; a quote from Labour's Director of the Yes to AV Campaign/good one; re-mutualisation of Northern Rock; Libyan donations to British universities/Lockerbie/ Gaddafi; quote from Paul Krugman/economy; will Carstone(?) replace the role of Wootton Bassett when route changes; funding for Welsh government/Calman proposal; child poverty in the East of England; 1943 Bethnal Green tube disaster; safety of nuclear power; WW2 Clydebank disaster.

Cameron & Mililband

Adams - Gray

Edwards - Doyle

Vids courtesy of LiarPoliticians

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