"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, 29 June 2011

PMQs: Summary & Videos

Miliband led with bureaucracy in the NHS: There are currently 163 statutory organisations within the NHS; how many will there be after reform? Answered his own question - 500+. Cameron still managed to defend the increase without actually answering the questions. £852m being spent on making NHS staff redundant - how many will be re-hired doing their old jobs at the new quangos? Good questions from Miliband, noticeably poor lack of answers & diversionary tactics from Cameron this week. Speaker intervened quite a few times, as usual, and cut Cameron short.

Did your MP speak?
Karen Lumley, Con, Redditch; Guto Bebb, Con, Aberconwy; Ian Lucas, Lab, Wrexham; Sir Peter Tapsell, Con, Father of the House; Emily Thornberry, Lab, Islington South & Finsbury; Andrew Selous, Con, South West Bedfordshire; Alison McGovern, Lab, Wirral South; Brian Binley, Con, Northampton South; Ian Austin, Lab, Dudley North; Bob Blackman, Con, Harrow East; Nigel Dodds, DUP Westminster Leader; Mark Menzies, Con, Fylde; Natascha Engel, Chair, Backbench Business Committee; Anne Marie Morris, Con, Newton Abbott; Nick Smith, Lab, Blaenau Gwent; Robert Halfon, Con, Harlow; Rev Willie McCrea, DUP, South Antrim; Gary Streeter, Con, South West Devon; Diana Johnson, Lab, Kingston upon Hull North; Julian Huppert, LibDem, Cambridge; Tom Clarke, Lab, Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill; Alok Sharma, Con, Reading West; Clive Efford, Lab, Eltham; Graham Evans, Con, Weaver Vale; Pamela Nash, Lab, Airdrie & Shotts; Claire Perry, Con, Devizes.

Topics raised:
Non-striking teachers; Labour's NHS record in Wales; jobs created/lost by solar Feed-In Tariffs; contingency plans for new EU Treaty change; tax allowances for married couples; illegal workers arrested had NI numbers; tax breaks for private healthcare; helping small businesses; banning Hizb'ut Tahrir; public sector pensions/strikes; the new route for repatriation of our Fallen; housing policy for Armed Forces; Backbench Committee/unblocking legislation; excessive water bills in the South-West; Southern Cross residential homes; price of petrol; levies on air flights/N.Ireland-USA; Olympic Truce for 2012 games; vetting & barring of child abusers; drugs legalisation; North and South Sudan; private/public sector pension schemes; cutting police in London in face of rising crime; remembering 55,000 members of Bomber Command; women pensioners; reforming MPs' pensions (greeted with catcalls from some areas!).

Followed by a Statement on North Africa & the Middle East from William Hague.


Two from the DUP:

Nigel Dodds about RAF Brize Norton & repatriation

Rev William McCrea - Air passenger duty

The Conservatives have had enough of Bercow: "We'll get you." -


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