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  1. David Cameron answered questions in first post-conference and referendum PMQs
  2. Ed Miliband said minister Lord Freud had suggested some people with disabilities should be paid less than then minimum wage
  3. David Cameron said the quoted comments were not the view of government, or anyone in it
  4. New UKIP MP Douglas Carswell asked David Cameron about proposals for a recall bill
  5. Follow all the reaction on Daily Politics, The World at One on this page

Live Reporting

By Pippa Simm, Justin Parkinson and Adam Donald

All times stated are UK

Update: What the papers made of it

Daily Telegraph:

Sketch writer Michael Deacon marvels at the use of grammar by Labour's Nic Dakin and tries to hear Ed Miliband, despite his sore throat. He goes on to dissect Labour's demands for a more "full" apology by Lord Freud.

Mail Online: Political editor

Matt Chorley calls Ed Miliband's remarks about Lord Freud at PMQs "explosive", adding that his colleague at the Department for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, sought to "distance" herself.

The Mirror: Nigel Nelson

delivers his verdict on PMQs: "Score draw on the insult front, I'd say. Lord Freud's problem was more serious. So serious it might prove terminal for his political career."

The Independent: Conservative MPs and charity bosses are

quoted criticising Lord Freud. Among them, Clare Pelham, chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability, calls his remarks "deeply saddening and ill-informed".

What's coming up

All the key clips from Prime Minister's Questions, the session in full, plus the key reaction to David Cameron and Ed Miliband's clashes over the economy and

Lord Freud's comments are available on this page - click on the "Live Coverage" tab to listen to BBC Radio 4's World at One, PM and Today in Parliament or watch TV's Daily Politics as they are webcast, or listen/watch back on demand. There will be more text updates to come this afternoon.

Lord Freud latest

The biggest development at this week's session was the

recording of employment minister Lord Freud telling Conservative activists last month some disabled workers were "not worth the full wage". David Cameron said these "were not the views of anyone in government". Labour, meanwhile, has called for Lord Freud to resign.


It was a busy Prime Minister's Questions, the first for five weeks. The issue of falling unemployment dominated. Ed Miliband's memory slips when dealing with the deficit and immigration came up, as did the defection of two Conservative MPs to UKIP. Concerns over the spread of Ebola were raised, while several Labour MPs asked about NHS funding.

Swearing teachers

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt defends his idea that teachers should swear a professional oath, saying it's time to "have a conversation with the profession". The oath should be voluntary, he adds.

Tim Montgomerie, comment editor of The Times


tweets: "Lord Freud is working unpaid to try and reform a complex benefits system that penalises work. He deserves the chance to finish that work."

James Tapsfield, Press Association


tweets: "Lord Freud exit looks inevitable, but major headache for IDS - probably only minister fully across universal credit architecture"

McVey on NHS

NHS reforms under the coalition are saving £1bn a year, Conservative employment minister Esther McVey says.

More on NHS

Andrew Haldenby of the think tank Reform tells Daily Politics that most people don't care who provides healthcare on behalf of the NHS, as long as the quality of service is maintained.


Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt says Labour is concerned about the effect of "privatisation" of services within the English NHS.

John Rentoul, columnist for the Independent on Sunday


tweets: "Looking at Lord Freud's words and his obviously benign intention, an apology for unfortunate phrasing should be enough."

Joey Jones, deputy political editor of Sky News


tweets: "Noticeable that while @DouglasCarswell fixed PM while asking question, PM couldn't bring himself to look at the questioner at all."

Lord Freud

David Scott, a Tory councillor from Tunbridge Wells, has confirmed he asked the question of Lord Freud at the Conservative conference and was encouraged by the answer. He says he has cases where the minimum wage precludes a small number of physically/mentally disabled people from working. He gives an example of someone doing gardening who may take three to four hours longer than someone who's not disabled but whom an employer still wants to give a chance. Mr Scott says he doesn't want to undermine the minimum wage but thinks a system to reward them would help their own wellbeing by getting them into work.

Craig Woodhouse, political correspondent of The Sun


tweets: "Very good. MT "@LucyRigby: Tory Minister Lord Freud giving a whole new meaning to a 'Freudian slip'.""

Lord Freud

Employment minister Esther McVey says it's up to Lord Freud to explain the conversation that took place at a fringe meeting at the Conservative conference.

Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party


tweets: "Lord Freud said disabled people weren't worth the minimum wage. If these are his views, he can't stay in govt. #PMQs"

Robin Brant, BBC political correspondent


tweets: "DWP minister esther mcvey tells bbc dp that freud 'will have to explain himself'."

McVey on Freud

Employment minister Esther McVey says Lord Freud's remarks "absolutely" do not represent government policy.

Hunt on Freud

For Labour, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt says Lord Freud was "flying a kite" on policy with his remarks about disabled people's pay at the Conservative Party conference. It reveals a "very disturbing mindset", he tells BBC Two's Daily Politics,

Lord Freud

Employment minister Esther McVey says Lord Freud's words will "haunt him".