PMQs Twitter round-up: Seven-day NHS, the Scottish settlement and the leaders' mothers

This week's PMQs session centred on questions around the junior doctors and a seven-day NHS and channeling the spirit of the Labour and Conservative leaders' mothers before a last-minute foray into the big question of the week: the EU referendum.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn used the majority of his questions to the Prime Minister to question the Government's handling of the junior doctors' strike and the subsequent imposition of a contract they have rejected in negotiations on them, as well as the current health of the NHS.

 
Corbyn also used his questions to highlight reports that the Health Secretary misrepresented data on weekend deaths in order to make the case for the junior doctors' contract.

 


But a garbled joke by Corbyn, which attempted to reference Cameron's mother's reported support for a a local anti-austerity petition, together with heckles of "ask your mother" from Labour benches, brought out the 'Flashman' side of Cameron and he delivered a swift put-down in response, saying: "I know what my mother would say: put on a proper suit, do your tie up and sing the national anthem."



 
But, invoking his own mother's wisdom, Corbyn shot back that his mother would have told him to defend the NHS.

 





Not everyone agreed that Corbyn has a style deficit however, and Esquire magazine was quick to tweet to the rescue:



Next it was SNP leader Angus Robertson's turn to question Cameron and he applauded the settlement agreed for Scotland, which incorporates many of the principles that the Government agreed to following the Scottish referendum.

But in a continuing theme of his, Cameron said Scotland would now have to get on with the business of government, rather than arguing about process with Westminster.

 
Perhaps politicians were sick of discussing the forthcoming referendum on the EU because nobody mentioned it until the end when Conservative backbencher Owen Paterson questioned the neutrality of the civil service.


According to Brandwatch, there were nearly 9,000 tweets during PMQs, nearly three-quarters of which were from men. 

The largest number of tweets related to Cameron's suit and tie jibe to Corbyn and tweets mentioning Cameron were 78 per cent negative, compared with 74 per cent negative for Corbyn. 


























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