In full: Prime Minister's Questions: David Cameron v Ed Miliband

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  • Edwin Lowther 
  • Alex Hunt 

Last updated 2 April 2014


And with that, we're ending our live coverage for now. Here's the news story on "dunce v Muppets". You can follow all the action this afternoon from the Commons on Democracy Live. We'll be covering the main clash of the day - Clegg v Farage - in full this evening with live video and text, taking in all the action, reaction and analysis. You can also watch the whole debate live on BBC Two and there is also a BBC News Channel special programme from 18:30 BST to 21:00 BST. If you're following the debate on Twitter, BBC correspondents and producers will be using the hashtag #europedebate.


The session is likely to help Ed Miliband, BBC political editor Nick Robinson continues, because the opposition leader will be able to urge his detractors to hold their nerve and claim the cost-of-living theme is "working just fine".


"A lot of people are going to remember that exchange for the abuse - the 'dunces', the 'Muppets'," BBC political editor Nick Robinson says. "But I think that what could last was the talk of a broken gentlemen's agreement on Royal Mail shares." He argues that Ed Miliband's line of attack that "when the government has a choice, it helps its chums in the City but not ordinary folk" could resonate with voters.


Sean Curran, BBC Parliamentary correspondent

tweets A pretty rowdy #PMQs no name checks for Len McCluskey, Nick Clegg or Nigel Farage


The use of the word "investment" in the context of Royal Mail was taken to mean part-privatisation, Andrew Neil says. Labour's Emily Thornberry denies that Labour had committed to this path, and its advocates - including then Business Secretary Lord Mandelson - did not enjoy much support in the party.


BBC presenter Andrew Neil is reading out Labour manifestos on the Daily Politics. There is no mention of a pledge to privatise Royal Mail in Labour's 2010 manifesto, he tells Conservative David Willetts - contrary to David Cameron's assertion during the question session.


BBC News Channel chief political correspondent Norman Smith says Punch and Judy was well and truly back at Prime Minister's Questions today. He also thinks we may hear more about the "braying" at Siobhan McDonagh after she forgot her lines.


The final question is from Conservative MP Andrew Selous, allowing the PM the chance to make one final dig at Labour.


Ed Miliband not only has a "blank page" on policy but an "empty head", David Cameron tells MPs.


Lib Dem Greg Mulholland wants a more competitive pub industry. "We do want to look very carefully at what more we can do to make sure there are fair outcomes for Britain's publicans," David Cameron says.