The EU deal, painstakingly negotiated between David Cameron and European member states, was the expected topic of conversation today but the Labour leader took the opportunity of tomorrow's World Cancer Day to attack the Government's record on treating people in the NHS.
Corbyn opens with World Cancer Day - 1,000 people a day diagnosed with cancer #PMQs— Bellenden (@BellendenLtd) February 3, 2016
#Corbyn leads on cancer treatment + highlights 36% increase in waiting times for diagnostics.— Ellwood Atfield (@EllwoodAtfield) February 3, 2016
Corbyn focusing in on specific topics he knows Cameron hasn't extensively prepped for - smart tactic but is it paying off? #pmqs— BM Public Affairs (@BMPubAffairs) February 3, 2016
But Cameron responded by attacking the Labour-run administration in Wales and demanded that Corbyn pick up the phone to his colleagues and do something about it.
Interesting to hear Corbyn vigorously defend Lab's record in Wales - something Miliband rarely seemed to do #pmqs— Pagefield (@PagefieldLondon) February 3, 2016
Again, important issues raised by Corbyn and not toeing the media line - but really doing v little to actually put PM in difficulty #pmqs— Pagefield (@PagefieldLondon) February 3, 2016
It was not until SNP leader Angus Robertson got to his feet, halfway through PMQs, that the subject everyone was expecting was finally discussed.
The @theSNP leader calls for deferral of EU referendum. Cameron highlights manifesto commitment for Referendum. No date confirmed— Ellwood Atfield (@EllwoodAtfield) February 3, 2016
But as always with the EU, it takes a Tory backbencher, in this case Christopher Chope, to make the Prime Minister uncomfortable.
Chope accused Cameron of reneging on a manifesto commitment regarding benefits to EU migrants but Cameron politely declined to agree with his backbencher.
Christopher Chope focuses on EU and changing benefit system for migrants #PMQs— Bellenden (@BellendenLtd) February 3, 2016
Mr Christopher Chope asks PM if EU is forcing him to abandon manifesto pledge and therefore should the UK leave #EU— Portcullis (@Portcullis_says) February 3, 2016
Then came an odd own-goal from Labour backbencher Stella Creasy, who used a question to highlight how her NHS trust was spending £1.5m per week in interest payments under Private Finance Initiative deals but Cameron, predictably, shot back that most PFI deals that exist today were signed during the last Labour administration.
Stella Creasy raises concern about local NHS trust - she says they spend £1.5 million a week on PFI #PMQs— Bellenden (@BellendenLtd) February 3, 2016
The session left some commentators thinking that Labour's lack of policy around the EU had been exposed.
Corbyn improves his format, but choice to go on NHS exposes lack of Labour line on Europe #pmqs— Pagefield (@PagefieldLondon) February 3, 2016
According to Brandwatch, there were 8,600 tweets during the half-hour session with the highest numbers on the subjects of the NHS, the EU and Wales.
Tweets about Cameron were 14.5 per cent positive and 85.5 per cent negative while for Corbyn they were 24.2 per cent positive, 75.8 per cent negative.