PMQs 22 February - NHS Reforms, David Cameron's Poll Tax?

22/02/2012 10:49 | Updated 22 February 2012

Ed Miliband appeared to be having fun at prime minister's questions today, having found an issue to beat David Cameron with.

The Labour leader used all his questions to slam Andrew Lansley's health reforms and warned the prime minister the Bill could be his "poll tax". Crucially for Miliband, his backbenchers seemed to be having a riot as well.

There are suggestions that the NHS is starting to cost the Tories electoral support, with an ICM/Guardian poll on Monday showing Labour had gained ground.

For his part Cameron accused Miliband of showing an "absence of leadership" for not asking questions about the Labour motion on the NHS risk register that will be debated tonight.

And in a show of support for his health secretary he reportedly gave Lansley a "fist bump" as he left the chamber. Although one tweeter suggested he may have been aiming at his head.


22/02/2012 12:40 GMT

Cameron unambiguously shows his support for Lansley

@ paulwaugh :

Cam just gave Lansley a fist bump as he left PMQs. Interesting...

22/02/2012 12:39 GMT

PMQs goes into extra time...

@ paulwaugh :

Speaker keeping Dave back for detention? PMQs now 36 mins long

22/02/2012 12:37 GMT

Isabel Oakeshott enjoyed the parliamentary rough-and-tumble

@ IsabelOakeshott :

Wonderful EdM/pm combat in pmqs.do public really take a dim view of feisty debate,as Bercow claims?

22/02/2012 12:37 GMT

Does John Bercow's watch work?

The sessions has now gone on way over time. Bercow does like to make it drag out by adding injury time - which annoys the prime minister somewhat.

22/02/2012 12:36 GMT

"Steve Hilton" applauds how well Cameron answered Jo Johnson's question.

@ SteveHiltonGuru :

Jo Johnson very good on US/US extrad arrangement. Dave surprisingly well-briefed on this ;-) I wonder why

22/02/2012 12:34 GMT

Sean Dilley thinks PM is undermining Leveson

@ seandilley :

The PM has just totally denuded and discredited the Leveson inquiry. Read why on my blog http://t.co/uckoAtTC

22/02/2012 12:33 GMT

Felicity Parkes isn't pleased with the planted questions

@ FelicityParkes :

That was so planted, it still has greenfly on it. #pmqs

22/02/2012 12:33 GMT

Is Nick Clegg a 'goodie or a baddie'? Peter Bone's son wants to know.

Tory MP Peter Bone asks about the deportation of Abu Qatada, but really it's a chance for everyone to laugh at his tongue-in-cheek habit of talking about his wife.

"Last week at breakfast table Mrs Bone was saying how she knew the PM wanted to deport the errors Abu Qatada," he says.

"But she knew it was being blocked by the deputy PM and the Lib Dems. Suddenly our 11 year old son Thomas asked is Nick Clegg a goodie or a baddie?"

Cameron sinks into his seat as Bone asks his question, it is probably not possible for him to be rolling his eyes more.

"There's only so much detail I can take form the Bone household," he says.

22/02/2012 12:32 GMT

Rob Wilson MP is a fan of Peter Bone. He thinks PM edged it.

@ RobWilson_RDG :

Is Peter Bone becoming pantomime and still very funny! Overall EM tailed off badly and therefore slight PM win.

22/02/2012 12:31 GMT

Tim Montgomerie is disappointed with Cameron's evasive answer

@ TimMontgomerie :

DC doesn't ask Peter Bone's question: Is Nick Clegg a goodie or baddie on deportation of Abu Qatada? #pmqs

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