PMQs 26th October 2011: As It Happened

26/10/2011 11:18 | Updated 26 December 2011

It was no ordinary PMQs - it's the week of the 50th anniversary of the regular parliamentary custom, where the prime minister of the day takes questions from MPs.

Shortly after David Cameron is heading off to the EU meetings, where the prospects of a deal to bailout European banks and rescue the Euro are not looking good.

It was first time the PM had been in the Chamber since the massive rebellion by 81 Tory MPs on Monday night over whether to hold a referendum on the UK's future in the EU. However as it happened there was only one probing Tory Eurosceptic question during the session on Wednesday.

Ed Miliband avoided the findings of the leaked report at Number 10, which calls for the rules on sacking workers to be relaxed.

Instead the Labour leader repeatedly pressed the PM on what the official government position was of repatriation of powers from the EU - the Tories seem to want it, the Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has poured cold water on it - who's right?

Ed Miliband didn't get any concrete answers on that, but was attacked by David Cameron for previous comments Miliband had made, where he'd been enthusiastic about joining the Euro and leaving the IMF.

All in all, a fairly tame PMQs - but with one feature that everyone can agree is positive; this was the first time in weeks and weeks that the PM didn't start with tributes to service personnel killed in Afghanistan. In the past seven days, this hasn't happened.

26/10/2011 12:32 BST

And it's all over!

Pretty subdued PMQs this week, Labour and Tories each claiming their man won. Lots of planted questions from Tory backbenchers and very few blows landed from Labour.

Maybe the most interesting question from Liberal Democrat Duncan Hames on legal aid. Had an anger to it which tells you a lot about the mental health of the coalition this week.... Slightly tired and emotional!

26/10/2011 12:28 BST

@ Politics_co_uk :

PMQs surprisingly quiet for a change, Backbench Tory jeering reigned in for a change http://t.co/lPOslFKv #PMQs

26/10/2011 12:23 BST

@ marycreagh_mp :

Not sure DC correct to say more money to nursery education for 2 3 and 4 year old. Sure start cut by 20%. Over to @cathynewman fact check

26/10/2011 12:22 BST

@ Spectator_CH :

Gloria De Piero's question a perfect example of Labour prodding the Tories' women troubles. Yvette Cooper spearheading this strategy. #pmqs

26/10/2011 12:22 BST

Faint praise for Widdy...

PM: Ann Widdecombe is often right.... Not always right.

This in a question about gay rights.

26/10/2011 12:21 BST

@ Politics_co_uk :

PMQs celebrated its birthday with a tightly fought battle which felt like a score draw http://t.co/lPOslFKv #PMQs

26/10/2011 12:20 BST

@ adamboultonSKY :

Comment: EM poured more salt on coalition EU wounds DC sidestepped but Tory backbenchers likedhis robust counterattack on EM's credibility.

26/10/2011 12:19 BST

Gloria De Piero (Labour)

Why do women hate the Tories? This according to a leaked Number 10 report

PM: Household budgets are squeezed, but we're doing lots to help women with young children, and saving women around the world from dying in childbirth through international aid.

26/10/2011 12:17 BST

@ DanielFurrUK :

RT @lucymanning If PM lost backbenchers on Eur he's winning them back today w strong personal attack on Ed Miliband. Tory MPs shouting more

26/10/2011 12:17 BST

@ AdamDRobins :

Sir Peter Tapsell - the nearest thing the commons has to yoda. #PMQs

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