In full: Prime Minister's Questions

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    13:39:

    PMQs update: If you want to make your own mind up, you can watch the clip of Harriet Harman on LBC yesterday

     
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    13:15:

    PMQs update: The Labour press team has tweeted to say Harriet Harman was "making a straightforward defence of progressive taxation - no mention of raising taxes. Tories know they're twisting her words". The Conservative press team respond by tweeting: "No need to twist any words. Harman just said 'it's true' and 'they should' on middle income tax hikes."

     
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    13:01:

    We'll be updating this page with all the key clips, the session in full and more fall-out from the session this afternoon. In the meantime follow the Commons action on Democracy Live and hear more reaction on BBC Radio 4's The World at One. You can also watch the House of Lords debate the Data Retention Bill from about 15:30 BST.

     
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    13:01:

    Daily Politics has ended now, and we're going to end our live text commentary. The big issue out of this last PMQs before the summer break looks set to be Mr Cameron's claim that Harriet Harman said Labour wanted to increase taxes on middle earners.

     
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    12:48:

    Labour's Liz Kendall says her colleague Harriet Harman was not proposing that middle income earners should be taxed more, suggesting she was merely restating Labour's belief in a progressive tax system. Nick Robinson says he has read her remarks - made in a LBC interview earlier this month - but the context needs to be properly stated.

     
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    12:43:

    On Daily Politics Ken Clarke says that Mr Gove has had his profile reduced, claiming that he was "too controversial" for the role of education chief in the ten months leading up to an election.

     
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    12:41: Michael Savage, The Times

    tweets Here is the Harriet Harman/higher taxes audio, spotted by some smart CCHQ operator

     
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    12:40:

    Fans of TV drama Game of Thrones, listen up. On Daily Politics Nick Robinson says that Mr Cameron apparently told Mr Gove that he wanted him as chief whip to act like the "hand of the king" in the popular series. The character is regarded as the "most powerful person in the seven kingdoms".

     
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    12:37:

    On Daily Politics the BBC's Nick Robinson is talking about Michael Gove. He says David Cameron has removed him as "a target" with the aim of helping the Tories' chance of winning the next election. He cites Tory adviser Lynton Crosby as saying that any issues other than the economy and leadership were a distraction.

     
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    12:37:

    The session has now come to an end. Charles Kennedy earlier suggested that the next PMQs will not take place until after the Scottish independence referendum at the end of September. The prime minister rightly corrected him - the next scheduled session will be in the first week of September.

     
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    12:36:

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is now delivering a statement on changes to the special measures regime - extending it to care homes. You can follow it live on the BBC's Democracy Live website.

     
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    12:34:

    We are reaching the end of session. Mr Cameron uses a question about whether he will publish his tax returns to suggest that Labour is the party with a "tax problem" and again mentions the quote from Harriet Harman which he says suggests it could increase taxes on middle-income earners if it gets into power.

     
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    12:33:

    Tory Richard Ottaway says Friday's debate in the Lords on legalising assisted dying is welcome and calls for a similar debate in the Commons. The PM says the government will listen to the arguments but says he is "not convinced" about the need to change the law, saying it may lead to people "being pushed into things they do not want".

     
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    12:33:
    Liz Truss smiles as the PM says he is sure she would be making an early visit to her birthplace of Yorkshire in her new job as agriculture secretary Liz Truss smiles as the PM says he is sure she would be making an early visit to her birthplace of Yorkshire in her new job as agriculture secretary
     
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    12:30: Daniel Wainwright, Wolverhampton Express and Star

    tweets Mr Speaker hasn't threatened to keep #pmqs running despite the usual heckling. Do detentions not apply on the last day of term?

     
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    12:29:

    In response to Labour's Julie Elliott, the prime minister says he is satisfied the system of student loans underpinning university finance is working amid suggestions that the amount of debt being written off is set to rise to unsustainable levels.

     
  17.  
    12:28: Tom Greatrex, Labour MP

    tweets Cameron again makes absurdly simplistic comparison between US and UK on shale - little wonder people don't trust his statements #pmqs

     
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    12:27:

    The PM expresses his support for fracking in response to a question from Tory Stephen O'Brien, saying the UK's resources are large. He then backs infrastructure investment in rail and roads in the south west of England in response to Anne Marie-Morris.

     
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    12:25:

    David Cameron says he backs a campaign for people to turn out their lights for an hour on 4 August to commemorate the start of World War One 100 years ago, in memory of Sir Edward Grey's famous comments in 1914 that the "lights have gone out all over Europe". Labour MP Dan Jarvis, who asked the question, said it would be a "fitting tribute".

     
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    12:24: Adam Smith, ITV News

    tweets The cameras in the Commons caught a very sad looking Dominic Grieve. One of the least understandable sackings in the #reshuffle #pmqs

     
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    12:24:

    Lib Dem MP Sir Robert Smith questions the rapid turnover of energy ministers in the past four years, saying it risks damaging the North Sea oil sector. The PM rejects this and gives his backing to new Treasury minister Priti Patel, who will have responsibility for the industry.

     
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    12:23: Mehdi Hasan, Huffington Post UK

    tweets Ironic to hear Jack Straw praising 'independence' of Attorney General role, given the Iraq war and Lord Goldsmith's changing advice #pmqs

     
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    12:22:

    Labour's Pat McFadden asks what portfolio the UK's new EU commissioner will get. The PM says that this will be discussed this evening in Brussels and he hopes the UK will get an "important" post. He pays tribute to outgoing commissioner Lady Ashton and says that her successor will do a "good job".

     
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    12:21:

    Former justice secretary Jack Straw questions the sacking of Attorney General Dominic Grieve. The PM says it is right that the attorney general gives "unvarnished and independent" advice to ministers but says after four years it is right that "new talent" is brought on.

     
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    12:21: Gaby Hinsliff, Grazia

    tweets Top question: will any woman not receiving equal pay now have it topped up from Tory party funds? #pmqs

     
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    12:20:

    The PM rejects suggestions from Labour's Huw Irranca-Davies that the Royal Mail sale was a "botched fiasco".

     
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    12:18:

    Labour's Gareth Thomas raises the issue of new Lords leader Baroness Stowell and her salary. The Tories are having to top up her pay from their own funds as a result of changes in the reshuffle which means her basic salary is lower than her predecessor. The PM says he is delighted that she will be paid the same amount.

     
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    12:16:

    The PM's expresses his commitment to tackle autism in response to a question from Tory Cheryl Gillan.

     
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    12:15:

    Labour's Jonathan Reynolds asks about the number of honours given out by David Cameron. The PM says he will take no lessons from a party that gave an honour to Fred Goodwin.

     
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    12:15:

    We are onto backbenchers questions. Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy raises comments by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker saying it could take years for an independent Scotland to join the EU. Mr Cameron says he agrees with Mr Juncker, adding that this is a "remarkable" moment.

     
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    12:14: Jane Merrick, Independent on Sunday

    tweets remember what it was like to have a Lib Dem leader ask a question at PMQs? Charles Kennedy on good form #pmqs

     
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    12:14:
    The Commons David Cameron poised to make his final point as Ed Miliband delivers his final question
     
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    12:13:

    The leaders exchanges' come to an end, with Mr Cameron suggesting that Labour MPs want to "reshuffle" Mr Miliband.

     
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    12:13: James Chapman, Daily Mail

    tweets Cameron ambushes Miliband with Harman quote: "I think people on middle incomes should contribute more through their taxes." #pmqs

     
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    12:11:

    The Labour leader claims the PM has the "worst record on living standards of any prime minister in history", with average incomes down £1,600 since 2010. But the PM suggests the "squeezed middle will be squeezed more" under Labour, citing comments by Harriet Harman about plans to raise taxes on middle earners.

     
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    12:11: Sophy Ridge, Sky News

    tweets PM always used to have 3 women sitting behind him at #pmqs. Now it's 1 woman 2 men - to reassure men post-reshuffle he cares about them too?

     
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    12:10:
    Ed Balls and Ed Miliband Ed Balls and Ed Miliband did not seem to be enjoying David Cameron's points
     
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    12:08:

    Mr Miliband takes exception when the prime minister attacks the record of the last government. He says Mr Cameron "has been prime minister for five years and all he can do is blame" the last government.

     
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    12:08:

    The two leaders are now debating the economy. The PM welcomes the fall in unemployment but says the fall in average earnings was "disappointing".

     
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    12:08: Mark Wallace, ConservativeHome

    tweets Weird for Mili to claim free schools are failing - they're already well ranked by inspectors, and local Labour say they back them #PMQs

     
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    12:07:

    In response, Mr Cameron pays tribute to Mr Gove's school reforms, saying they will "endure". He then has a pop at Mr Miliband, saying he does not want to raise today's good employment figures because his own job prospects are looking shaky.

     
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    12:07:

    Mr Miliband asks why Mr Gove was replaced, suggesting it may be something do with the number of unqualified school teachers, the lack of primary schools places and the "failure" of free schools.

     
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    12:05: George Eaton, The New Statesman

    tweets Liam Fox and Owen Paterson standing menacingly at the back of the chamber.

     
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    12:05:

    Mr Cameron says he wanted to find the "best candidate" to replace Sir George Young as chief whip and that is what he had done.

     
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    12:05:

    Ed Miliband is on his feet. He says that he supports the whole of the country in congratulating the PM for replacing Mr Gove. He asks why the PM "demoted" him.

     
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    12:05: Craig Woodhouse, The Sun

    tweets I count 7 women on the front bench so far. But Anna Soubry is still up in the 'naughty corner'. #pmqs

     
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    12:05:

    Tory Sir Alan Haselhurst asks about rail services in East Anglia. Mr Cameron says he knows the transport secretary will give it his "urgent attention".

     
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    12:04:
    Cameron at PMQs A lot of the reshuffle winners enjoying their first PMQs in their new jobs
     
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    12:03: James Lyons, Daily Mirror

    tweets HMG front bench still looking v male and pale today (although there is a v fetching beard) #pmqs

     
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    12:02:

    David Cameron is on his feet. The first question is from Labour's Emma Lewell-Buck on the reshuffle. She suggests that 75% of the PM's cabinet is male. Mr Cameron says she is a being a "bit churlish", saying more women are attending the cabinet than before, with a third of female members.

     
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    12:02:

    The BBC's Nick Robinson has just said that Ed Miliband is to visit the White House next week. He has reportedly been seeking a meeting with President Obama for many months.

     
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    12:00:

    David Cameron is in the Commons chamber. He is joined by Chancellor George Osborne, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, Commons leader William Hague and Chief Whip Michael Gove. Will take a while to get used to those new job titles.

     
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    11:59:

    The Daily Politics has just shown a recording of the moment when Sky News anchor Adam Boulton swallowed a fly during its live coverage of the reshuffle. That's one thing we are unlikely to see repeated at Prime Minister's Questions.

     
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    11:59:

    The Commons is beginning to fill up, with Theresa May among those on the front bench. Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers and her new deputy Andrew Murrison are currently fielding questions from MPs.

     
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    11:59:

    Asked whether David Cameron is a Europhile, Ken Clarke says the prime minister is not as pro-European as he is (!) but says it is nonsense to suggest he is an "isolationist nationalist". He also backs Lord Hill as the UK's next EU commissioner, saying he will prove extremely effective.

     
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    11:53:

    For Labour, shadow health minister Liz Kendall tells the BBC's Daily Politics the reshuffle marks a lurch to the right on Europe. And UKIP's deputy leader Paul Nuttall says talk of a serious UK renegotiation is "pie in the sky", quoting a line from the movie The Untouchables to suggest the prime minister is "going into a gunfight carrying a knife".

     
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    11:52: Sean Curran, BBC News

    tweets If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. It's the last #PMQS with @ShelaghFogarty commentary courtesy of @Susanh12

     
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    11:52:

    Ken Clarke dismisses the idea of the Conservatives forming a minority government in the event of another Hung Parliament, saying it would not be "able to get anything done". In such a scenario, he says he would favour another coalition.

     
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    11:52: John Rentoul, Independent on Sunday

    tweets What are the chances that EdM will make some feeble play on Night of the Long Knives? #BannedList #PMQs

     
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    11:52:

    Mr Clarke can speak freely now he is no longer a minister - not that he was shy and retiring beforehand. He tells the BBC's Daily Politics that it will be a "tall order" for the Tories to win the next election outright. He suggests his party can win the most seats if it behaves "sensibly" in the coming months.

     
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    11:51:

    Asked about Mr Gove's move from education, Mr Clarke says that he was surprised but the prime minister may have wanted to "quieten down" the issue of schools reform in the run-up to the election. "Michael will be back," he insists.

     
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    11:50:

    Mr Clarke says it is "shameful" that there were not more female ministers in the past. Although the newly promoted ministers will "not have much to do" in the 10 months before the general election, they will have to prove their "ministerial calibre", he adds.

     
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    11:50:

    Ken Clarke, one of those who exited in the reshuffle, is a guest on the BBC's Daily Politics. He says that he had a "very pleasant chat" with David Cameron before his departure was confirmed, adding that he had been "demob happy" for some time.

     
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    11:50:

    After Prime Minister's Questions, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be making a statement which is expected to see enforcement action for NHS hospitals that are in "special measures" extended to care homes.

     
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    11:48:

    On the other hand, average earnings rose by just 0.7% in the three months to May - the weakest figure for 13 years. Expect Ed Miliband to use these figures to boost his argument that most people are not feeling better off despite the headline economic recovery.

     
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    11:48:

    The prime minister has some good economic news to talk about. Unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since the end of 2008, with jobless numbers down a further 121,000 to 2.1 million in the last quarter. The employment rate is at a record high. Expect him to say this is proof the government's "long term economic plan" is working.

     
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    11:47:

    After Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron is off to Brussels to argue the case for Lord Hill, his candidate to become the UK's new EU commissioner. Will any Conservative MPs - some of whom might have been privately hoping to get the job - raise the issue and what it means for David Cameron's EU renegotiation and referendum strategy?

     
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    11:45:

    Ed Miliband is unlikely to pass up the opportunity to have a go at David Cameron's changes, Labour having described the reshuffle as the "massacre of the moderates". What will he focus on? He could raise the removal of Michael Gove as education secretary and his surprise move to Chief Whip or the exit of less Eurosceptic ministers such as Ken Clarke, Dominic Grieve and Damian Green.

     
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    11:44:

    Westminster has been gripped by reshuffle fever over the past few days. There will be some new faces on the government benches and some familiar ones missing too.

     
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    11:43:

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions, the last one before Parliament's summer recess. David Cameron and Ed Miliband will go head-to-head at midday and backbenchers will get the chance to question the prime minister.

     

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