PMQs Twitter round-up: Housing, Daesh and Scotland

Sporting a '[heart] unions' badge, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn used his questions to the Prime Minister to explore the issue of housing but did not refer to the junior doctors' strike at all, leaving several commentators scratching their heads.

David Cameron began PMQs with a tribute to Harry Harpham, the Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, who died of cancer last week.

Corbyn also paid tribute to Harpham's record both as an MP and during the 1980s miners' strike and read out a memorial message from his family to the House.

But his badge was already proving a distraction among some commentators, including Tony Blair's former adviser, John McTernan, who joined Westminster Public Affairs as an associate last week.

The Labour leader raised laughs with a crowdsourced question from "Rosie, aged 20" about housing, with members pointing enthusiastically at chief whip Rosie Winterton on Corbyn's front bench. 

But the humour evaporated rapidly as Cameron went on the attack and adopted an aggressive tone towards Cameron over the Government's housing, sheltered accommodation and decent homes policies, which he described as "simply not good enough".


But Corbyn's attack was muted by his style of delivery, in which he appeared to mumble his questions and read rather than ask his questions of the Prime Minister.

Tory MP Robert Jenrick recounted the horror experienced by Yazidi women at the hands of Daesh, with one former victim overlooking the chamber, and he asked Cameron to redouble his efforts to eradicate the terrorist group.

Cameron described Daesh as a "murderous, brutal and fascist organisation" in his response to the MP.

Then it was SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson's turn to question the Prime Minister and he asked whether the Government was planning to renege on commitments that there would be "no detriment" to Scotland in its new devolution plans.

Cameron, after giving assurances, went on the attack and said he was looking forward to the new relationship with Scotland because he wanted to see the SNP get rid of its "grievance agenda in favour of a governance agenda and see what you're made of".

Further questions on STEM subjects, British steel and Trident followed but the session left some commentators thinking that, once again, Corbyn had missed an opportunity.

According to Brandwatch, there were 9,000 mentions of PMQs during the session with 60 per cent of them negative in tone.

Housing received the most mentions, with 1,777 tweets, followed by Cameron's mother, Corbyn's badge on 478 tweets and then the doctors' strike.

Mentions of Cameron were more than 70 per cent negative and mentions of Corbyn were 55 per cent negative.

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