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.
Corbyn opens up on student maintenance grants. Lab think they have the Tories on this issue #PMQs— Pagefield (@PagefieldLondon) January 20, 2016
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.
PM highlights the number of people going to university, but Corbyn keeps pushing on maintenance grants #PMQs— Bellenden (@BellendenLtd) January 20, 2016
Labour as the enemy of aspiration is the message of the week from the Conservatives #PMQs— Pagefield (@PagefieldLondon) January 20, 2016
Attacking gov on student grant cuts great, but Corbyn can't land anything on PM. His questioning just allows PM to spin key messages #PMQs— Benjamin Winter (@BenWinter7390) January 20, 2016
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.
Cameron claims Labour being short sighted on their attacks to the changes to the student nurse support schemes #PMQs— Bellenden (@BellendenLtd) January 20, 2016
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.
Angus Robertson raises conflict in the middle east, and ask what the government is doing to support peace in Yemen #PMQs— Bellenden (@BellendenLtd) January 20, 2016
The SNP is trying to show it's the main Opposition party by focusing on a geopolitical question. #PMQs— Nick Faith (@nickfaith82) January 20, 2016
PM clarifies and reiterates Britain's separation from Saudi Arabia's operation in Yemen #PMQs— Bellenden (@BellendenLtd) January 20, 2016
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.
Conservative Whips have been doing their job today. Some nice tee ups on nukes, employment and even Beatles related jokes. #PMQs— Nick Faith (@nickfaith82) January 20, 2016
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.
Cameron says trident is the "ultimate insurance policy" #PMQs— Bellenden (@BellendenLtd) January 20, 2016
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.