"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, 6 February 2013

PMQs: Summary + Videos

Problems this week with a crashing pc so it's just the bare bones and as much info as I could get. The good news is that I have a new one being delivered on Friday - and it's a monster.

Miliband led on the so-called 'bedroom tax' and there was a great deal of to-ing and fro-ing about welfare costs and public spending.

Did Your Party Toad speak?

Christopher Chope, Con, Christchurch; James Arbuthnot, Con, Hampshire North East; Geraint Davis, Lab Co-op, Swansea West; Sir James Paice, Con, South East Cambridgeshire; Julie Hilling, Lab, Bolton West; Jane Ellison, Con, Battersea; Michael McCann, Lab, East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow; Ian Swales, LibDem, Redcar; Jeffrey Donaldson, DUP, Lagan Valley; Neil Parrish, Con, Tiverton & Honiton; Tom Blenkinsop, Lab, Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland; Charlie Elphicke, Con, Dover; Jim Shannon, DUP, Strangford; John Leech, LibDem, Manchester Withington; Thomas Docherty, Lab, Dunfermline & West Fife; Henry Bellingham, Con, Norfolk North West; Paul Flynn, Lab, Newport West; Loreley Burt, LibDem, Solihull; Gregg McClymont, Lab, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East; Zac Goldsmith, Con, Richmond Park; Diane Abbott, Lab, Hackney North; Andrew Percy, Con, Brigg & Goole; Debbie Abrahams, Lab, Oldham East & Saddleworth; Brooks Newmark, Con, Braintree; Helen Goodman, Lab, Bishop Auckland.

Matters raised:

Civil Partnerships for heterosexual couples; Defence Review budget; Bankers/'the poor'/OBR; EU budget/CAP; bedroom tax; UN Day against FGM; ATOS/Richard III fit for work; HMRC/loss of public sector jobs in the Tees Valley; N.Ireland & the Union; commitment to increased NHS spending; deficit & George Osborne; investment in the NHS; rising suicide rates; Manchester City Council/closure of libraries/spending on Alisha Keys (?) concert; 'cuts' to child tax credit; Somalian government & peace process; tackling drugs; raising tax threshold to £10k; bedroom tax; airport policy; same-sex marriage;  pupil funding in the East Riding of Yorkshire; NHS watchdog; economy 'turning the corner'; bedroom tax.

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