PMQs Twitter round-up: Education, Syria and the EU

A lacklustre session of PMQs saw David Cameron quizzed on the subjects of education, the ceasefire in Syria and the EU.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn rose to rare cheers from his own backbenchers to ask Cameron why the Government's proposals around tax-free childcare had still not materialised, three years after they were promised.


Corbyn followed up with more questions on education, citing some of the findings of a National Audit Office report that was published this week.


Corbyn said the report pointed to a crisis in teaching. 


Despite an earlier dig at the SNP, using his running theme of governance over grievances, the pact between Cameron and the Scottish nationalists was in evidence during PMQs.

But this did not stop SNP leader Angus Robertson making mischief by asking Cameron to endorse the huge social benefits of being in the EU, knowing this is a particularly tricky balancing act for the Prime Minister to achieve, given the sceptical nature of some Tories.


Unsurprisingly, Cameron stopped short of this endorsement, preferring to emphasise the social benefits that have emerged from the UK Government instead.

Robertson followed up with another EU question, asking Cameron to abandon 'Project Fear' and make positive arguments for remaining in the EU instead.

The backbench Labour MP Neil Coyle, asking his debut question at PMQs, raised a laugh in his introduction by asking if his suit and tie matched the high standard expected by Cameron's mother, referencing last week's exchange between the two party leaders.

There were more laughs when Speaker John Bercow called Bernard Jenkin to ask his question, only to find that he was not present in the chamber. "Let's hear from somebody who is here," Bercow shouted above the laughter, calling David Davis instead.

Cameron joked that he preferred a single transferable question to the single transferable vote but he was unable to give a substantial answer to Davis, who asked the PM to make HMRC reveal to how many EU migrants it has issued National Insurance numbers.



Later in the session, failed Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall received a considered response from the Prime Minister when she asked what the Government was doing to monitor the Syrian ceasefire.

 


According to Brandwatch, there were 6,500 tweets during this week's PMQs session, of which 65 per cent were negative in sentiment, with 35 per cent positive. Corbyn's questions on education received the most mentions, followed by the EU.

Tweets that mentioned Cameron were 74 per cent negative and 26 per cent positive, while for Corbyn they were 80 per cent negative and 20 per cent positive.

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