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PMQs 1 February 2012 - Voldemort Strikes Back 1246187

01/02/2012 11:47 GMT | Updated 01/04/2012 10:12 BST

PMQs was particularly rowdy this week, partly because of the bruisers on the order paper and partly due to the looming showdown with the Lords on the Welfare Reform Bill, due to take place later today.

The comedy highlight was David Cameron's referring to shadow minister Liam Byrne as "Baldemort". It's the second time he's done this, but doesn't appear to attract the same hostility as "calm down, dear". HuffPost isn't clear why, perhaps Liam Byrne secretly likes it.

Ed Miliband appears to be finding his groove at the weekly knockabout lately, splitting his questions between executive pay at the banks and the NHS. On the former he was on slightly shaky ground, but he easily bested the PM on the health service, where David Cameron is struggling to rebut effectively allegations that the medical community is overwhelmingly opposed to the reforms going through.

Many questions from backbenchers were on Welfare Reform, where the PM was able to repeatedly taunt Labour backbenchers on whether they will support attempts to overturn the Lords amendments tonight. Three planted questions from Tories allowed Cameron to quiz Labour MPs, and they didn't respond at all. Chances are the votes in the Commons will go through, the only question is whether the government will make concessions or if the Lords will back down against the will of the elected chamber.

Here's a round-up up today's highlights.