LivePrime Minister's Questions


  1. David Cameron faced MPs for first PMQs since July
  2. The situation in Iraq dominated the session
  3. David Cameron says UK 'will not waver'
  4. Watch key clips or whole session using video tabs below

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By Gavin Stamp and Alex Hunt

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Update: No 10 on terror plans

At its post-PMQs briefing, No 10 was asked about the PM's comments that it would be "legally possible" to remove the passports of British terrorist suspects seeking to re-enter the country. A spokesman said that work on clarifying the legal position would be concluded as quickly as possible. "The prime minister was talking on Monday about the need to look at the details of how such an approach might work and how we can ensure it is robust, practical and the like," he said. "That work has been continuing since Monday and that's informed what the prime minister said today."

Update: Scottish vote

Three former Scottish secretaries have waded into the independence debate, describing the appeal of going it alone a "mirage". Lord Lang, Lord Forsyth and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, all Conservatives, said a Yes vote would lead to "decades of aggravation" and leave Scotland less strong and prosperous. "Divorce is always painful - the more so when the two parties must continue to live next door to one another," they say.

Update: UKIP on passports

The UK Independence Party has claimed European law is one of main obstacles to the UK barring British terrorists suspects from re-entering the country from abroad. MEP Diane James says depriving someone of their British citizenship would mean taking away their EU citizenship and this would likely to result in legal action against the UK. "The prime minister has, as per usual, adopted a fake stance and is fobbing off the public with vacuous words," she says.

That's it for now

We're going to end our live text coverage of Prime Minister's Questions now. You can continue to watch or listen to the BBC's coverage, using the Live coverage tab at the top of this page. We'll be adding the key video clips and the whole session shortly, and will add further text updates as the dust settles.

Hancock's reaction

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Reflecting on PMQs, Business Minister Matthew Hancock says Ed Miliband was much more vehement in his support for the government on anti-terror measures than he had been before. Asked whether the UK had the "backbone" to take on the legal establishment over the issue of removing citizenship, he said long-standing rights would not be discarded without careful thought but the UK would do everything it could to protect the safety of its citizens.

Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP

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Passport removals

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Labour's Emily Thornberry says "the law is the law" and the UK has been signed up, since 1966, to international agreements preventing people from being made stateless. To tear that up would lead to anarchy, she suggests.

Passport removal

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Speaking on the Daily Politics, James Landale said the legal position on taking away the passports of British jihadists was not entirely settled as some have suggested. He said the government was looking at whether there was room for manoeuvre, on the basis of protocols allowing people to be stripped of their citizenship if they have committed "seriously prejudicial" acts to their nation.

Speaker centre stage

Speaker John Bercow faced a series of questions relating to the recruitment process for the new Commons clerk after PMQs finished. His answers failed to satisfy the MPs complaining, with a few shouts of "shame" as he says there will be no more points of order.

Andrew Neil's verdict

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Andrew Neil said he had not witnessed such a sober PMQs for a long while, a mood which he said was in keeping with the news coming out of Iraq. He also highlighted the large number of questions about Scotland - a sign that the recent narrowing of the polls had had a real impact in Westminster.

Ransom payments

The final question, from Lib Dem Sir Menzies Campbell, is about ransoms paid to terrorist groups to release hostages. The MP says they are a terrible idea as they boost the finances and aims of "malevolent" groups. The prime minister says he "agrees 100%" with the MP and urges other countries to follow the UK's lead and rule them out.

Iraq debate next week

In response to Tory James Gray, Mr Cameron says there will be a full Commons debate on Iraq and the threat to the UK's security next week.

Departing MP

Tory MP Chris Kelly gets both cheers and jeers as he stands up to ask his question. He recently announced his decision to stand down at the next election after only 5 years as an MP. Mr Cameron pays tribute to the MP's contribution in Dudley South - which is a UKIP target at the next election.

Hain's Syria call

Labour's Peter Hain urges the UK to talk to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad about how to deal with the threat posed by Islamic militants. Mr Cameron says he respects the former cabinet minister but disagrees with his view.

Birthday surprises

The first moment of real humour during a generally sober session. Labour's Karl Turner jokes that the Clacton by-election is being held on David Cameron's birthday and asks how many other "birthday surprises" he is expecting. The PM jokes that his backbenchers always have surprises in store for him.

Family courts

Another question on the Ashya King case from Lib Dem John Hemming. He says many couples are going abroad because they feel they would get a "better deal" from courts overseas. Mr Cameron says Parliament gets the opportunity to debate family law on a regular basis.

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