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The second Prime Ministers' Questions of the year was dominated by housing policy, student visas and pensions but expected questions on the junior doctors' strike failed to materialise, which some commentators regarded as a missed opportunity.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, asked all his questions to the Prime Minister on housing policy, in particular plans to revitalise many of the UK's so-called 'sink estates' funded by new-build housing on the same land.

But David Cameron responded by once again mocking Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet reshuffle last week.

However, Corbyn pressed ahead with his line of questioning, bringing in two of his trademark 'crowd sourced' questions and asking Cameron to give people assurances that they would not be uprooted from their communities or subjected to less advantageous rental agreements.

Cameron went on the offensive, accusing the Labour leader of being a small 'c' Conservative and saying that he did not believe in Britain.

Then it was SNP leader Angus Robertson's chance to hold Cameron to account and he asked why the Government was opposed to the introduction of post-study work visas for foreign students when Scottish Conservatives were in favour of them.

Robertson followed up with a question on the equalisation of pension ages for men and women, to be told that the Government's policy was both fair to women and good for taxpayers.

The majority of questions asked by the party of government's backbenchers tend to veer towards the sycophantic and provide the Prime Minister of the day with an opportunity to trumpet the Government's achievements.

Some backbench questions do not fall into this category however, such as the one asked by Tory backbencher Dr Tania Mathias, who asked a question on roadside pollution before asking Cameron to rule out Heathrow expansion.


A Labour backbencher then returned to the subject of pensions and took aim at Cameron, telling him his answer to Robertson was not good enough.

The phrase 'long-term economic plan' made a post-election comeback during PMQs, courtesy of a Conservative backbencher, but was received with some jeering.

But commentators were surprised that Corbyn had not used the junior doctors' strike as a line of attack during this week's PMQs, with one even accusing him of running scared over the issue.


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