Prime Minister's Questions: David Cameron v Ed Miliband

Key points

  • Much of David Cameron's focus was on attacking Ed Miliband's TUC speech
  • Ed Miliband and Labour MP focused on food banks and youth unemployment
  • Nigel Evans addressed MPs after resigning as deputy speaker

Live text


  • Brian Wheeler 

Last updated 11 September 2013


Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions. The action kicks off at noon but stay with us for all the build up, comment and analysis before David Cameron enters the Commons bear pit.


It's the final Prime Minister's Questions before MPs pack their bags for conference season and it looks set to be a lively one.


There's been lots going on today, but it is UN investigator Raquel Rolnik who is making the biggest waves at Westminster. She has launched a scathing attack on what she - and Labour - call the "bedroom tax", claiming it is an abuse of human rights.


The Conservatives are calling Ms Rolnik's intervention an "absolute disgrace". It's a bit of a gift for Labour, who have been campaigning against what the government calls the "spare room subsidy". Labour want it dropped now but are less clear about whether they would scrap it if they won the next election, which might make Ed Miliband think twice before raising it at Prime Minister's Questions.


Commons Speaker, John Bercow, has paid tribute to Nigel Evans who has resigned as deputy speaker of the House of Commons. Mr Evans, the MP for Ribble Valley, stood down from the post after he was charged with a number sex offences against men. He denies all the charges.


At the start of the Parliamentary day, Mr Bercow said he was "warmly grateful" to Mr Evans, who he said had been a loyal and valued member of the team of deputy speakers, adding the MP had proved to be "highly competent, fair and good humoured".


Conservative minister Mark Hoban hails a drop in the jobless total on the BBC's Daily Politics and rejects claims it is down to a boom in part-time employment.


Labour's Chris Leslie rehearses his party's response to the economic recovery on the Daily Politics, claiming Labour had always said it would happen, but government policies had delayed it. Expect more of this at Prime Minister's Questions.


Vince Cable and George Osborne are on the same page on the economy, insists Tory minister Mark Hoban on the Daily Politics. The Lib Dem business secretary has been making cautionary noises about the scale of the recovery.


In the Commons the green benches are filling up nicely, as Lib Dem minister Michael Moore answers Scotland questions. David Cameron has just taken his place on the front bench ahead of the main event.