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PMQs 14 March 2012: Nick Clegg Stands In For David Cameron

03/14/2012 12:42 pm 12:42:05 | Updated 14 March 2012

David Cameron is in the United States visiting Barack Obama today, so his place at Prime Minister's Questions will be taken by Nick Clegg.

The Lib Dem leader will face Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman across the Despatch Box but it is not just opposition MPs who will be enjoy baiting the deputy prime minister.

Tory backbenchers are also likely to seize the chance to take a swipe at their coalition partner. Rubbing his virtual hands with glee on Twitter, Douglas Carswell mused "what a target rich environment" the Commons would be today.

See how Clegg handles the half-hour session below:

14/03/2012 12:31 GMT

Clegg did well to survive the Tory backbenchers...

@ TimMontgomerie :

Hostile #PMQs to Clegg from Tory backbenchers: Redwood on regulations, Lilley on Lords reform, @DouglasCarswell on child benefit

14/03/2012 12:30 GMT

@JananGanesh is to the point on Clegg's success

@ JananGanesh :

Clegg won that

14/03/2012 12:30 GMT

The Tories are backing Clegg...

@ JoeMurphyLondon :

Also interesting how many Tories are tweeting praise of Clegg #pmqt

14/03/2012 12:28 GMT

Harman and Clegg certainly went at it...

@ trsmith87 :

Best PMQs for a while. Proper knock about. #pmqs

14/03/2012 12:26 GMT

Dylan Sharpe thinks it was a no-score draw

@ dylsharpe :

Unmemorable #PMQs. Clegg did well to repel the qus, when not angry. Harman good at condemning, but may regret tactic of slaughtering the LDs

14/03/2012 12:22 GMT

Clegg's evasion of Skinner's question wasn't hard to miss...

@ Lobbydog :

Clegg doesn't even pretend to sidestep the NI question from Skinner. Just completely ignores it. #pmqs

14/03/2012 12:22 GMT

Dennis Skinner was especially calm today...

@ jamesrbuk :

An unusually even-tempered intervention from Dennis Skinner there. Or not. #pmqs

14/03/2012 12:20 GMT

Tim Farron thinks his leader trounced Harman

@ timfarron :

6-0 to Nick Clegg at #pmqs

14/03/2012 12:19 GMT

George Eaton picks up on Nick Clegg subtly disagreeing with the coalition

@ georgeeaton :

Clegg says boundary changes are a cause close to the Tories' heart. Hint that it's not close to his? #PMQs

14/03/2012 12:18 GMT

Clegg has been getting riled by Harman

@ AnushkaAsthana :

Harriet Harman says only thing Clegg stands up for is when the PM walks into the room. BOOM BOOM! #PMQs (Clegg getting angry - love it!)

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