The Labour leader began his first question Speaker John Bercow “all members of the House and all staff here, and Major Tim Peake, who’s not on the planet at this time a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.”
His salutation to Tim Peake, the first British-funded astronaut in space, was met by laughter from the Conservative benches, with one MP quipping that the Labour leader was also “not on the planet”.
The Prime Minster began his answer to Mr Corbyn’s question on bed blocking in NHS hospitals by passing on his good wishes.
He said: “Let me join the Right Honorable Gentleman and let me be very clear that I don’t want to wish him the season’s greetings, I want a full happy Christmas for the Right Honorable Gentleman and everyone in the House.”
A bemused Mr Corbyn replied by saying: “Just for the record, I did say Happy Christmas. Maybe the Prime Minister wasn’t listening at the time.”
The exchange led to some bemused tweets from political journalists, who felt it added into the end-of-term feel around the last PMQs before Christmas.
Corbyn corrects PM says he did say Happy Xmas not just seasons greeting - panto stuff— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) December 16, 2015
Even wishing one another Happy Christmas is a tetchy exchange when those involved are Jeremy Corbyn and David Cameron #pmqs— Carole Walker (@carolewalkercw) December 16, 2015
Snarky of Cameron to infer Corbyn wasn't wishing people a Happy Xmas. JC(initials familiar at this time of year?) right to pull him up #PMQs— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) December 16, 2015
Bizarre opening to #pmqs as Corbyn wishes Cameron a Happy Christmas, DC replies he will wish him Happy Christmas not Season's Greetings— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) December 16, 2015
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