Prime Minister's Questions: David Cameron v Ed Miliband

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    12:52:

    That's all for our live text coverage of Prime Minister's Questions. The key clips and the session in full will be added to this page shortly. You can continue to follow proceedings in Parliament on the BBC's Democracy Live.

     
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    12:52: Nick Sutton, BBC World at One editor

    tweets Coming up on #wato - we'll discuss today's #pmqs with @matthancockmp, @EmmaReynoldsMP and @julianhuppert http://bbc.in/1jnbrgk

     
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    12:51: David Cameron, prime minister

    tweets The biggest quarterly increase in employment on record. More jobs means more security, peace of mind and opportunity for the British people.

     
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    12:50: Ed Miliband, Labour leader

    tweets The Prime Minister can't be the solution to the cost-of-living crisis because he just doesn't understand the problem #PMQs

     
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    12:46:

    BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson expresses surprise that the PM has gone back to "an old script" on living costs, using statistics on disposable income that have been widely contested. He suggests Chancellor George Osborne has admitted that most people are worse-off than in 2010 but this was "for a reason".

     
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    12:43:

    The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson said the two parties wanted to "talk about apples and pears" over the economy.

     
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    12:39: The Spectator

    tweets PMQs: Labour 'can't face the fact' that the economy is improving

     
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    12:39:

    Reflecting on Prime Minister's Questions, business minister Matt Hancock is asked about Mr Cameron's claim that many people are better-off than in 2010. He says take home pay has benefited from the impact of tax cuts and rising employment.

     
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    12:37:

    Tory Robert Halfon ends the session by asking why people who do not use direct debits to pay their energy have higher bills. The PM says the government is acting to make life easier for consumers by getting more competition in the market.

     
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    12:35:

    Labour's Huw Irranca-Davies suggests a report on food aid in the UK has been "suppressed. The PM uses the question to trumpet the fall in unemployment again.

     
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    12:33:

    Labour's Andrew Slaughter suggests councils are knocking down affordable housing and selling the land to private developers. The PM attacks Labour's record and says that affordable house building is at its highest for two decades.

     
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    12:32:

    Conservative MPs are highlighting business successes in their constituencies - I think there is a trend here. The latest company to get a plug is the Formula One team and motor manufacturer McLaren.

     
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    12:32:
    The Commons MPs have to sit on the steps between the green benches in the Commons during PMQs
     
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    12:30:

    Sir Robert Smith is the first Lib Dem to ask a question - about the oil industry. Labour's Emma Reynolds then pays tribute to her "friend" Del Singh and the work of aid workers in Afghanistan. David Cameron agrees.

     
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    12:29:

    Labour's Michael McCann attacks Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, saying he owes the people of Scotland an apology. As noise levels rise, Speaker John Bercow intervenes for the first time during the session, warning against "Punch and Judy" behaviour.

     
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    12:26:

    Labour's Ann McKechin calls for the Help to Buy scheme for house buyers to be scrapped and its funding used to build new homes instead. The prime minister disagrees, saying the government is focused on both helping families and supplying more homes.

     
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    12:26: Paul Waugh, Politics Home

    tweets Bullingdon jibe from EdM is closest he came to the oldPMQs. But Cam punches hard on economy. Can't resist open goal

     
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    12:26:

    Tory David Davies attacks the Labour executive's record in Wales and, unsurprisingly, the prime minister agrees.

     
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    12:26: Emily Maitlis, BBC Newsnight

    tweets Brighton has its own superb microclimate - agrees pm. But won't go down ukip gay floods man route #pmqs

     
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    12:25:

    Labour's Russell Brown says the "green shoots" of recovery are not being felt across much of the UK. The PM says employment has risen in Scotland and pledges to continue making tough decisions on spending.

     
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    12:23: Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian

    tweets Cam not even challenged on claim that biggest recession of 100 years was Labour's doing, rather than result of global crisis #pmqs

     
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    12:23:

    An unusual question from Tory Simon Kirby about the pleasant weather in Brighton. The PM suggests that his constituency gets a mention in the BBC's daily Shipping Forecast.

     
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    12:21: Mehdi Hassan, The Huffington Post

    tweets Ed M makes most important point of all: majority of poor in the UK are in work, not on benefits. The myth of the shirkers and skivers

     
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    12:21:

    The PM answers a question from Nigel Dodds about talks over political reconciliation in Northern Ireland, saying he hopes progress will be made.

     
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    12:20:

    The PM praises the progress made on broadband roll-out in rural areas, saying it compares favourably with the last government.

     
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    12:19:

    We are now on to questions from backbenchers. David Cameron says stop and search powers need reform but not if they add to the burden on police forces. There are reports about a rift between the prime minister and home secretary Theresa May on the issue.

     
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    12:19: Andy Bell, Channel 5 News

    tweets Miliband did his best with a bad hand but another win for Cameron @5_News #pmqs

     
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    12:19:

    So the leaders' economic exchanges come to an end after Ed Miliband claims David Cameron is out of touch while the prime minister suggests Labour will derail the economic recovery.

     
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    12:19: Steve Hawkes, The Sun

    tweets Ed Balls firmly clasping hands together on his lap as Ed Miliband welcomes fall in unemployment.. No down gestures today

     
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    12:17:

    Ed Miliband, in a first return to fully fledged Punch and Judy politics this year, suggests the PM is falling back on his "old Bullingdon club routine" and says he can't solve the cost of living crisis because he does not get it. But Mr Cameron says the government's economic plan is working and all Labour's forecasts have been proved wrong.

     
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    12:16:

    After relatively consensual exchanges on Syria, the two leaders are now trading insults on the economy. The PM compares the Labour leader to an "arsonist" who goes round setting fires and then complains that the fire brigade aren't putting them out quickly enough. He says cost of living issues were caused by Labour.

     
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    12:14:

    The Labour leader says people are £1,600 worse off than they were in 2010. The PM suggests the statistic is misleading and insists he is not complacent despite the record number of people in work.

     
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    12:14: Natalie Bennett, Green Party leader

    tweets David Cameron appears to have partially given way on Britain providing refuge for some most vulnerable Syrian refugees #pmqs #someprogress

     
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    12:13:

    Ed Miliband changes tack and moves onto the economy - getting a huge cheer from Tory MPs when he welcomes the fall in unemployment. Once the noise dies down he questions the lack of earnings growth.

     
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    12:12:

    The Labour leader continues to press on the Syrian issue and chides MPs for "groaning" when he persists with the line of questioning.

     
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    12:11:

    Ed Miliband says "all sides of the House" want the UK to support Syrian refugees. The PM says the UK is "leading the world in humanitarian aid and we should be proud of that".

     
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    12:11: Alistair Stewart, ITV News

    tweets #PMQs Could become a debate over Syria rather than Questions to the PM.... can't last.

     
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    12:11:

    The PM says that more than nine million Syrians are displaced. He says he will look at individual requests for asylum but a "small quota" system will not solve the larger problem.

     
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    12:10:
    Ed Miliband The Labour leader began by asking about Syrian refugees
     
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    12:10: Tim Shipman, Daily Mail

    tweets Mili avoids punch and judy again with a sober opener on Syria

     
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    12:09:

    Ed Miliband says the UK should accept a small number of the most vulnerable refugees as suggested by the UN. The UK should "set an example", he adds.

     
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    12:09:
    David Cameron David Cameron began the session by paying tribute to the two British men killed in a bomb attack in Afghanistan
     
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    12:08:

    The Labour leader's first question is about Syria and the UK's contribution to humanitarian and refugee efforts. The PM says the UK is meeting its "moral obligations" but it is not right to open the UK's doors to huge numbers of refugees.

     
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    12:07: John Rentoul, Independent on Sunday

    tweets #PMQs Far too much "meeting with" so far.

     
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    Ed Miliband starts by paying tribute to Del Singh, who was due to represent Labour's in May's Euro elections but was killed in Afghanistan. He says that everyone in his party "grieves with his family".

     
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    12:05: Peter Henley, BBC News

    tweets Tribute at #pmqs to Southampton Labour MEP candidate Del Singh killed in Afghan bomb PM calls "cowardly terrorist attack"

     
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    12:05:

    Conservative MP Nick de Bois raises the case of a constituent whose child died after delays at his local hospital. He says he wants to prevent such "terrible incidents" happening again.

     
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    12:05:

    The first question, from Labour's Stephen Timms, is about food banks. The PM says the government has allowed job centres to promote their activities.

     
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    12:03:

    David Cameron is on his feet. He starts by paying tribute to two British men, including a Labour election candidate, who were killed in a bomb attack in Afghanistan last weekend.

     
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    12:02:

    Nick Robinson adds that he senses many Lib Dems are "pulling back" from the edge over the Rennard saga and trying to launch a process of negotiation.

     
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    On a more serious note, Nick Robinson says Ed Miliband will have to go on the economy despite the better news.

     
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    11:58:

    A couple of minutes to go now. The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson jokingly tells the BBC's Daily Politics that he has "cleared his tablet" after it burst into song during last week's edition.

     
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    11:56:

    The Commons chamber is filling up. International Development Secretary Justine Greening and her ministerial team are currently taking questions.

     
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    11:56:

    Ms Eagle tells Daily Politics the recovery won't change the fact that most people will be worse off in 2015, in terms of average earnings, than they were five years before.

     
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    11:56:

    Labour's Maria Eagle welcomes stronger economic growth but questions "who will benefit" from the upturn. She rejects suggestions that all her party's economic predictions since 2010 have been wrong.

     
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    11:56:

    The Bank of England has said interest rates could rise once unemployment falls below 7%. The latest drop has taken the jobless figure to 7.1% but the Daily Telegraph's Jeremy Warner tells the BBC an interest rate rise is still "pretty unlikely" before the 2015 election.

     
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    11:52:

    Asked about Lord Rennard, Labour's Maria Eagle tells Daily Politics the allegations had been known about for seven years but there were no processes to deal with them, and to reassure women their voices were being heard.

     
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    1151:

    On the economy, Mr Hancock says the UK is "heading in the right direction" but the job is not done.

     
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    Conservative minister Nicky Morgan hit the headlines this morning after she said the party should focus more on what it likes not what it "hates". Her colleague Matt Hancock tells Daily Politics that a "positive message" is vital and falling unemployment is a good news story.

     
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    Lib Dem MEP Chris Davies says Lord Rennard is "not an evil man" and has been under "enormous pressure" in recent months. Mediators should step in, he suggests, initially without any lawyers present.

     
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    1148:

    An ally of Lord Rennard, MEP Chris Davies, tells the BBC that the party is "deeply divided" and taking the issue to the courts will not solve anything.

     
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    1147:

    Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has become the latest senior Lib Dem to call for the Rennard saga to be resolved as soon as possible. He has warned the party against "washing its dirty linen in public".

     
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    1146:

    Will anyone bring up the Lord Rennard saga that has been pre-occupying the Lib Dems? Nick Clegg isn't facing questions but he will be in the Commons and it will be interesting to see whether any Labour or Tory MPs try to exploit their rivals' difficulties.

     
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    What else is likely to crop up today? Expect some mention of Syria, with talks about ending the three year conflict in the country currently taking place. Foreign Secretary William Hague won't be in the Commons as he is representing the UK in Geneva.

     
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    How will Ed Miliband react? The Labour leader is asking the questions after all. He may focus on levels of youth and long-term unemployment and the fact that earnings growth is still largely flat.

     
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    1142:

    The jobless figures are the latest in a series of positive economic signs and no doubt Mr Cameron will want to point to growing evidence of a strengthening recovery.

     
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    1142:

    No prizes for guessing what David Cameron will want to talk about. Figures out this morning show unemployment fell by 167,000 to 2.32 million in the three months to November 2013.

     
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    1142:

    Welcome to our live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions. David Cameron and Ed Miliband will go head-to-head at midday and the prime minister will also take questions from backbenchers.

     

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