PRWeek's PMQs Twitter round-up

In our round-up of Prime Minister's Questions, PRWeek brings you some of the best Twitter comments from public affairs specialists and journalists around the weekly event.

As the Chancellor, George Osborne, prepared to deliver this afternoon's Autumn Statement, commentators assumed that Labout leader Jeremy Corbyn would take a line of questioning which explored government spending and cuts.

However, Corbyn confounded expectations by asking questions about the forthcoming Paris Climate Change Conference next week and he called on the prime minister to explain why Conservative councils were not emulating 55 Labour councils which have committed to 100 per cent clean energy by 2050 and why his government had denuded the renewable energy industry of funding.

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David Cameron responded that his government had supported the renewable industry and that cuts to solar subsideies and feed-in tarrifs were justified to ensure lower enwergy bills for all.

Corbyn followed up by questioning the government's record on domestic violence and women's refuges, leaving commentators baffled that he was not adressing the issues which many thought were the order of the day.

However, Cameron deftly turned the question into an opportunity to give a hint of the Chancellor's forthcoming  announcements in the autumn statement.

Further questions from Angus Robertson, SNP, asked about the Government's policy on Syria, which commentators said, was what Corbyn should have been talking about instead of climate change and domestic violence.

In all, not the best performance from the Labour leader and a missed opportunity to call the Government to account.


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