Prime Minister's Questions: David Cameron v Ed Miliband

Key points

  • David Cameron is taking questions for 30 minutes from noon
  • Labour leader Ed Miliband asks about Pfizer takeover of Astrazeneca
  • Nigel Evans tells Daily Politics he wants to stand at next year's election

Live text


  • Justin Parkinson 
  • Alex Hunt 

Last updated 7 May 2014


That ends our live text coverage of Prime Minister's Questions for this week. You can continue to follow the goings-on in Parliament via BBC Democracy Live and the BBC Parliament channel. Please join us again next Wednesday.


Daily Politics does a fact check on the PM's claim in the Commons that Nissan in Sunderland now produces more cars than the whole of Italy. It turns out the figures are correct. Italy builds about 380,000 a year and the Nissan factory about half a million.


Conservative MP Nigel Evans says the AstraZeneca bid is "quite sensitive". It's not so much a worry about who owns it, but whether jobs remain, he adds.


Labour's Sadiq Khan says AstraZeneca is very important to the UK and is "not a normal company" and that Pfizer "has form" when it comes to closing facilities.


BBC political editor Nick Robinson says Labour thinks there's still a possibility that the government could intervene in any takeover of AstraZeneca under the "public interest test", although this is quite narrowly defined.


That overran by about seven minutes. It's becoming a bit of a habit in recent weeks.


Lib Dem Julian Huppert asks whether Pfizer has called for any changes to UK patent law. The PM says he will work to ensure investment via a competitive tax system. That ends PMQs, rather belatedly, for this week.


In response to another question about AstraZeneca and Pfizer, David Cameron says it is important to engage with the companies involved.


Conservative Zac Goldsmith asks about warnings that antibiotics are becoming less effective and asks for these to be used less on farms. David Cameron replies that he hopes to make an announcement on the subject soon.


Conservative Simon Burns gets a rousing cheer as he stands up. He urges the PM to stick to the coalition's "long-term economic plan". He gets a dig in against Speaker John Bercow by saying he hopes the PM gets time to answer - a reference to Mr Cameron being cut short during a reply last week. Mr Bercow, who has had run-ins with Mr Burns previously, seems unamused.