PMQs Twitter round-up: Welfare, poppies and I, Daniel Blake

In a subdued PMQs, in which the Prime Minister mistakenly congratulated the Labour leader on the birth of a new grandchild, neither of the main parties managed to land a knockout blow.

Jeremy Corbyn, questioned the morality of benefit sanctions, drawing on recent research which showed links between sanctions, food poverty and homelessness.

But Theresa May said that the needs of benefit claimants must be balanced against fairness to the taxpayer and accused him of wanting unlimited welfare.

Corbyn entreated May to visit the cinema and watch the new Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake, which deals with the harsh realities of the current sanctions regime.

— Newington (@NewingtonComms) November 2, 2016

Angus Robertson, the leader of the SNP in Westminster, asked a slightly cryptic question on what May would do if given evidence of serious tax avoidance, to which she replied that she would refer the matter to HMRC.

May then had to claim the Government was taking action on air quality, Southern trains and immigration detention, in response to backbench questions from both sides of the house.

But the session took flight in response to a backbench Labour MPs question FIFA’s reported intention to ban British players from wearing poppies during fixtures this weekend.

May replied that this was outrageous and that FIfa should sort its own house out, in a clear reference to the recent corruption scandals that have engulfed the footballing body.

According to Brandwatch, there were 5,700 tweets during this week's PMQs, with May enjoying a 62 per cent positive sentiment rating, which did not beat Robertson on 87 per cent. Corbyn trailed on a 30 per cent positive rating.

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