Jeremy Hunt Debate and Prime Minister's Questions

Key points

  • David Cameron and Ed Miliband clashed over Jeremy Hunt at Prime Minister's Questions
  • The government made a statement on plans to give Falkland islanders a referendum
  • A Labour-led debate was held on whether Mr Hunt broke the ministerial code

Live text


  • Justin Parkinson 
  • Gavin Stamp 
  • Kayte Rath 

Last updated 13 June 2012


Hello and welcome to our coverage of an extremely busy day at Westminster. First up, the prime minister faces his questions from MPs. Then the government, in the shape of Foreign Office minister David Lidington, will give a statement on the decision to allow the people of the Falklands a referendum on their future. After that comes the main event of the day, a debate on whether Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt's conduct over the News Corp bid to take over BSkyB should be referred to the prime minister's adviser on ministerial standards.


The Liberal Democrats are set to abstain in the vote following the Labour-led debate on Mr Hunt's future. The issue is likely to come up during PMQs too. Expect Labour leader Ed Miliband to bring it up, along with one or two disgruntled Tories. It could also make for an awkward atmosphere on the government front bench.


Elsewhere, the troubles in the eurozone continue, with Spain being granted a bailout and the European Commission saying today that a single regulator to oversee banks across all 27 European Union states could be in place as early as 2013. That might not best please some on Mr Cameron's back benches.


The first of the backbench MPs on the list of those selected to ask questions is Tory Zac Goldsmith. He has threatened that he will not stand again for the party if the leadership decides to change its mind and back a third runway at Heathrow.


Another Conservative MP, Philip Hollobone, will ask whether, if the cabinet is so keen to hold meetings around the country, it intends to come to his constituency of Kettering, in Northamptonshire.


Downing Street has been keen to clear up any suggestion of a rift between David Cameron and his deputy, and Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, over the Jeremy Hunt issue. A spokesman says: "It's a coalition government and they sometimes choose to vote differently."


On BBC Two's Daily Politics, Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson says the party has not been responsible for "courting" the Murdoch press in the way that she says Labour and the Conservatives have done.


In the Commons, there's about a quarter of an hour to go until PMQs, and it's Cabinet Office Questions. Minister Francis Maude promises to ensure that government procurement is not "antagonistic" towards small and medium-sized businesses.


On Daily Politics Conservative deputy chairman Michael Fallon says Gordon Brown, who appeared before the Leveson Inquiry on Monday, appears to be "in denial" over the actions of his media advisers while in power.


For Labour, shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan, says David Cameron is being brought "kicking and screaming" before the Leveson Inquiry. The PM appears tomorrow.