PMQs Twitter round-up: Brussels, the Budget and IDS

In the final PMQs before MPs rise for Easter, the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, last week's Budget and the related issue of Iain Duncan Smith's resignation over cuts to disability benefits all came up.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, took the opportunity of his question to David Cameron to ask him to apologise for the announcement of cuts to disability benefits.

The cuts were announced during last week's Budget and resulted in the Government making a U-turn as well as the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith.


As ever, some commentators thought Corbyn was shooting wide of the mark with his questions. 





But Cameron was in the mood for mischief and made jokes about a leaked Labour list showing how many MPs are hostile towards the Labour leader, in response to Corbyn's questions.

 
Corbyn pushed on regardless and asked how the Government intended to plug the black hole left by the abandoned cuts to disability benefits but, once again, Cameron was ready for him.




But some commentators thought it was Cameron who had misjudged the national mood over the botched announcement on disability cuts.


The Speaker was forced to intervene several times as the session became more boisterous, telling MPs on both sides to calm down and even rebuking them for gesticulating.



SNP leader Angus Robertson added his voice to the chorus of condolences at the terrorist attacks in Brussels yesterday and asked Cameron to confirm that everything was being done to support Belgium.

But Robertson then switched tack and he called on Cameron to extend the oversight that already exists to regulate the police and security services to special forces troops.

But Cameron flatly refused the suggestion, adding that British troops were already governed under the auspices of international law.

According to Brandwatch, there were more than 9,000 mentions of PMQs during the half-hour session with the most tweets mentioning disability cuts, Brussels and the Budget.

Robertson enjoyed the most positive sentiment rating, at 50/50, with Corbyn enjoying a 27 per cent positive rating and Cameron trailing on 16 per cent.



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