"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 May 2012

PMQs: Summary & Videos

The House paid tribute to Lance Corporal Lee Davies and Corporal Brent McCarthy killed at the weekend by Afghan police  officers.

Miliband welcomed the fall in unemployment and asked what discussions Cameron has had with Hollande about plans for growth in the EU.  He reminded the House that Cameron hadn't met Hollande on his recent visit to London and suggested he send a LOL text message instead.  Cameron got a dig in about using his phone rather than just "throwing it at the people who work with me".  (Still no sign of Brown in the House).

The number of frontline police  and nurses was also questioned.  Miliband's delivery is definitely stronger than a few months ago but the content is much the same.  'A recession made in Downing Street' was the phrase of the half-hour and one we'll be hearing a great deal in the future along with the ubiquitous 'Tory-led coalition'.  Once politicians sink their teeth into a soundbite they never let go.

Did your MP speak?
Paul Maynard, Con, Blackpool North & Cleveleys;  Sir Peter Tapsell, Con, Louth & Horncastle;  Meg Hillier, Lab Co-op, Hackney South & Shoreditch; Jo Johnson, Con, Orpington; Hugh Bayley, Lab, York Central; Caroline Dinenage, Con, Gosport; Nigel Dodds, DUP Westminster Leader, Stuart Andrew, Con, Pudsey; Ian Austin, Lab, Dudley North; Pauline Latham, Con, Mid-Derbyshire; Tony Lloyd, Lab, Manchester Central; Jason McCartney, Con, Colne Valley; Simon Danczuk, Lab, Rochdale; George Eustice, Con, Camborne & Redruth; Dan Jarvis, Lab, Barnsley Central; Tessa Munt, LibDem, Wells; Peter Hain, Lab, Neath; Christopher Pincher, Con, Tamworth; Alan Johnson, Lab, Kingston upon Hull & Hessle.

Matters raised:
Falling unemployment rate;  Merkel's 'big bazooka'/EU; Coulson's security vetting; improved trade figures/net car exporter; the VAT increase; adult literacy; police retention of tissue samples/independent review; right-to-buy Council houses; 'collapse in reputation for competence', long-term interest rates; Rochdale child sex abuse cases/care homes; apprenticeships; Rochdale child sex abuse cases/Serious Case Review; science & technology in schools; adult social care and home care charges; tax avoidance by Civil Servants; the Severn Barrage project; help for jobseekers; Regional Growth Fund.

Nigel Dodds asking about police retention of body parts:

DUP Channel

In full:

UK Parliament

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