Prime Ministers Questions

Prime Ministers Questions Needs to Change

Sean Kippin | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics
Sean Kippin

A modified version of this format should be adopted for Prime Ministers Questions, with a lottery of backbenchers to choose who will make up a 'Prime Ministers Questions' committee in which MPs will have a chance to ask forensic questions about a matter of Government policy.

Why PMQs Must Go

Alan Clarke | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Clarke

Bar one or two exceptions, Prime Minister's Questions is exactly the same every week. It is not that it never deals with the serious issues of the day - it does, it is just when these occasional days occur, the result is a solemn affair that journalists and MPs agree is disappointing. Indeed, such a PMQs only really occurs when there is no other choice remaining.

David Cameron Rejects Suggestion Of Tory Coalition With Labour

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics

Such is the distaste among some Tory MPs for the coalition with the Liberal Democrats, one Conservative has suggested David Cameron strike a deal with...

Ten Examples of Politicians Behaving Like Overgrown Children

Matt Lacey | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Matt Lacey

Speaker John Bercow has recently commented that he would like to curb the "yobbery and public-school twittishness" displayed in the House of Commons. But bawling like toddlers fighting at a creche is not an activity exclusive to the mother of all parliaments. Around the world, elected representatives regularly shout, wail, make animal noises, cry and fight. Here are 10 examples...

Tory MP Tells John Bercow: Stop Whining About Noisy PMQs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics

John Bercow should stop "whining" about the rowdy behaviour of MPs during prime minister's questions, a Conservative MP has said. On Tuesday John B...

John Bercow Demands End To PMQs 'Yobbery'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics

Commons Speaker John Bercow has made a fresh appeal to party leaders to find ways to curb the "yobbery and public school twittishness" of their MPs at...

PMQs: Flooding Dominates As Leaders Clash Over Job Losses

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband attacked David Cameron over hundreds of Environment Agency job losses as floods dominated Prime Minister's Questions. The Labour leader...

Tuned In or Turned Off? Public Attitudes to PMQs

Ruth Fox | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Fox

In principle, the public recognise that PMQs is an important part of the democratic process because of the opportunity to hold the government to account. But PMQs in practice alienates, angers and frustrates...

'A Picture Tells A Thousand Words'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband seized on David Cameron's all-male front bench during prime minister's questions on Wednesday as evidence the Conservative Party has a "wo...

Ed Balls Branded A 'Turkey' At Christmas PMQs

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron targeted Ed Balls at prime minister's questions again today, amid reports that the shadow chancellor's job is at risk. According to r...

PMQs: 'Ed Balls Can Dish It Out, But Can't Take It'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 11.12.2013 | UK Politics

The David Cameron versus Ed Balls prime minister's questions feud continued today, with Cameron gleefully seizing on the shadow chancellor's car-crash...

Ned Simons

Rowdy PMQs Prompts 61 Complaints To John Bercow

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Politics

John Bercow has received just 61 letters concerning the noise at prime minister's questions since July, despite claiming he is sent "bucket-loads" eve...

Ned Simons

John Bercow Says 'Carnage' Of PMQs Damaging Parliament's Reputation

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Politics

The rowdy behaviour of MPs during prime minister's questions risks causing "carnage" to the reputation of parliament and party leaderships need to cla...

PMQs: Bad Jokes, 'Crap', 'Hashtag' And a Fake Moustache

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics

Bad puns, "hashtag", "crap" and a fake moustache. Was today the day prime minister's questions died? PMQs is not usually the scene of the most dign...

How I'll Be Supporting Movember at PMQs

Michael Fabricant | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Fabricant

I am taking part in Movember - the charity moustache-growing campaign in aid of Prostate Cancer UK - but I've chosen to wear a false "wing commander's" model rather than adorn my upper lip with the genuine item... What David Cameron and my colleagues, let alone Labour, will say, remains to be seen.

David Cameron Says Drugs Joke Was Just 'Banter'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron was forced to apologise to a Labour MP today after he jokingly accused him of having taken drugs. When former environment minister Mi...

Lib Dems Attack David Cameron's 'Panicky U-Turn' Over Green Taxes

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Warfare over energy policy within the coalition Government broke into the open today as Liberal Democrats branded David Cameron's plan to roll back gr...

PMQs: Cameron Mocked By Miliband And Slapped Down By Bercow

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron was slapped down by John Bercow and mocked by Ed Miliband as he endured one of his worst Prime Minister's Questions for some time on Wed...

Andrew Mitchell Owed An Apology From Police, Says David Cameron

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron said former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell was owed an apology as the row between police and politicians over the "plebgate" affair esc...

'From Hug A Husky To Gas A Badger'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband attacked David Cameron for abandoning his pre-election environmental credentials on Wednesday, mocking him from switching positions from "...

Tennis Pro Uses Twitter To Hijack Labour MPs PMQs Question

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics

It might be the last time MPs ask their Twitter followers for advice on what topics to raise during prime minister's questions. Labour MP Gloria De...

Cheryl Gillan's Leopard Print Outfit Mocked By Tory MPs At PMQS: 'Meow'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Politics

Catty Tory MPs mocked Cheryl Gillan behind her back during prime minister's questions on Wednesday, as the Leopard Print-clad former Welsh secretary s...

Bankers Or Barons - Who's Worse?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Politics

After a kicking last week over Labour's union links, Ed Miliband cast the Conservatives as the "party of the privileged" in Prime Minister's Questions...

Who Left Ed's PMQs Notes In The Toilet?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 04.07.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband had a tough time a Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday after David Cameron relentlessly exploited his links to union baron Len McClusk...

PMQs: The 8 Times David Cameron Mentioned Len McCluskey Or Unite

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron bounced in to prime minister's questions on Wednesday prepared to rip in to Ed Miliband over the Labour Party's links to (and trouble wi...