In full: Prime Minister's Questions

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Last updated 16 July 2014


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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".


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.


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.