PRWeek's PMQs roundup: Grants, Middle East & Trident

The third Prime Ministers' Questions of the year was a boisterous session with topics of student grants, the war in Yemen and Trident discussed in the House of Commons.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, called on the Prime Minister to explain why the Government was planning to scrap maintenance grants for the poorest students and replace them with loans.

 

But David Cameron countered that it was the Labour party which had introduced fees for students in the first place, in the first of a series of retorts designed to present Corbyn and his party as relics of the past.






Corbyn then switched to the related issue of student nurse bursaries, arguing that training nurses would be £900 worse off but Cameron dismissed the attack as short-sighted.

 

 
SNP leader Angus Robertson, attempting to present his party as the real opposition in the commons, some commentators claimed, with questions on the UK's involvement in Yemen.

 


But Cameron did not have it all his own way, despite obviously planted questions from his backbenchers allowing him to push his Government's key messages.


Trident also made an appearance, following Corbyn's suggestion that a new generation of submarines could be built but perhaps not armed with nuclear missiles.

 
Some commentators are now keeping an eye on who gets the worst hammering by Speaker John Bercow during PMQs, with this week's award going to Cameron's own Parliamentary Private Secretary.



According to Brandwatch, there were more than 5,700 mentions of #PMQs or #PMQ during the half-hour session, of which three quarters were negative in sentiment. Tweet sentiment towards Corbyn was 33 per cent positive and 67 per cent negative while for Cameron, sentiment was 21 per cent positive and 79 per cent negative. Robertson only achieved a 10 per cent positive sentiment.

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