PMQs Twitter round-up: Housing, Brexit negotiations and climate change

The first PMQs post-recess, saw MPs in buoyant mood with Theresa May congratulating the returning GB Olympic team as she took her place at the Dispatch Box.

Questions about the implications of Brexit from backbenchers on both sides of the house preceded Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, starting his six questions by asking about house prices and home ownership.

May responded that house building was up under the Conservatives.

Continuing his theme on the rate of house building, Corbyn claimed that house building was lower under the Tories and called for a commitment to build more social housing.

May then turned the tables on Corbyn , currently embroiled in a bid to keep his leadership, early on by referring to tweets by Labour supporters which were less than complimentary about his leadership.

Corbyn shrugged off the attack and continued on the theme of housing, this time calling for greater regulation of the private rental market.

May stumbled slightly with her figures in response to Corbyn but still looked and sounded prime ministerial and controlled compared with the Labour leader as she used the session to reinforce the message that the Tories are fit for office while Labour is not.

Angus Robertson, leader of the SNP in the Commons, asked May to explain what preparations had been made for Brexit over the summer and reminded MPs that Scotland had voted overwhelmingly to remain.

Robertson followed up by asking May again if she wanted the UK to be part of the European single market.

May said Robertson had not understood the referendum vote which meant that the UK must now renegotiate its relationship with Europe and refused to show her negotiating hand.

Later in the session, Caroline Lucas, the Green Party’s sole Westminster MP, called on May’s Government to ratify the Paris Climate Change deal, agreed last autumn.

May said the Government was committed to the deal but stopped short of giving a date for ratification of the deal.

According to Brandwatch, there were nearly 14,000 tweets surrounding PMQs, with the majority tweeting about housing and Brexit.

Tweets regarding May were 24 per cent positive and 76 per cent negative and for Corbyn they were 23 per cent positive and 77 per cent negative, while for Robertson they were 61 per cent positive to 39 per cent negative.

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