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  1. David Cameron and Ed Miliband clashed over their parties' record on the NHS
  2. A person was thrown out of the public gallery after causing a disturbance
  3. Theresa May defended the government's record on foreign prisoners being deported

Live Reporting

By Brian Wheeler, Alex Hunt and Adam Donald

All times stated are UK

What's coming up

Here are the links for continuing coverage of the row over

deporting foreign criminals and the questions over whether
Fiona Woolf is a suitable person to head the inquiry into historical child abuse allegations. All the key clips and the session in full will be added to this page and you can listen/watch live, or on demand, a host of BBC politics and news programmes via the "live coverage" and "key video" tabs. You can also follow all the action in Parliament today
via Democracy Live. We're taking a break from the text commentary for now, though will be posting some reaction updates later on.

James Forsyth, political editor of The Spectator


Tweets: "Baffled as to why Ed Miliband wants to become the defender for the Welsh government's handling of the NHS"


Commons: Theresa May implores Labour to say "sorry" for its own role in the foreign prisoners situation, bringing to an end the discussion on the subject prompted by shadow home Secretary Yvette Cooper's urgent question.

Peter Bone

Commons: Conservative Peter Bone says his constituents can't understand why those guilty of offences are allowed into the UK. He says these people should be deported and the government should "worry about what the European court says afterwards".

Border checks

Commons: Conservative Bob Stewart asks whether immigration officers have powers to repel known criminals at the border. Theresa May says they do and it is "crucial" to have a "proper exchange" of information with other countries.


Commons: Labour's Paul Flynn says one in three of the failures to deport is due to failures at the Home Office and says urges Theresa May to "start taking responsibility".

Richard Burden, Labour MP for Birmingham Northfield


Tweets: "I think the GPs I met recently who described the crisis in primary care will be profoundly depressed by PM's complacency over the NHS #pmqs"

Human Rights

Commons: Conservative Michael Ellis says the Human Rights Act, passed under Labour, is causing much of the problem of slow prisoner deportation.

Leave to remain

Commons: Conservative Jackie Doyle-Price says foreigners who are convicted of crimes should not be given indefinite leave to remain in the UK. Theresa May replies that the system of removal is being speeded up.

EU ties

Commons: Lib Dem Julian Huppert says there must be "close working" with the EU to deal with the foreign prisoner issue.


Commons: Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve says the Conservative manifesto pledge to repeal the Human Rights Act will be "singularly ineffective". Theresa May says she and her colleagues are coming up with proposals to deal with the issue.

Alice Gross case

Commons: Conservative Angie Bray says nobody knew about the murder conviction of the prime suspect in the killing of London teenager Alice Gross, Latvian Arnis Zalkalns. Mr Zalkalns was found dead earlier this month.


More details are emerging of the security incident during the session. Eye-witness reports suggest a man threw something which hit the glass screen in front of the public gallery above the Commons action. The man was removed by Commons door keepers and the session continued uninterrupted.


Commons: Former Labour Home Secretary Jack Straw asks why the number of foreign prisoners being deported has gone down since 2010 despite an increase in staff working on the issue? Theresa May replies that the number of appeals has risen and that the government has reduced the grounds for these taking place.

Rights charter

Commons: Conservative Sir Bill Cash urges the home secretary to amend the European Charter of Fundamental Human Rights to avoid legal problems with deportations.

Daily Politics PMQs reaction

On the Daily Politics, Labour's Caroline Flint says her party's pledge to raise £2,5bn to spend on the NHS from new taxes on expensive properties and the tobacco industry is an "aspiration" that would not kick in as soon as they were returned to power. The BBC's Nick Robinson says none of the parties have adequate plans to plug the funding gap facing the NHS.


Commons: Home Affairs committee Keith Vaz says databases on who is entering the country must be improved.

New measures

Commons: Theresa May says the government will continue to look at new measures to aid deportation.


Commons: Conservative Philip Davies says foreign prisoners should be deported before release. He proposes taking the DNA of foreign nationals entering the country.

Norman's verdict

Norman Smith

BBC Assistant Political Editor

Norman Smith says the current exchanges in the Commons on foreign prisoner deportations have been a "pretty ugly blame game" with a lot of "finger pointing". He calls the failure to deport foreign offenders of being a running sore that has gone on for eight years or more.

Amol Rajan, editor of the Independent


Tweets: "Possibly the least enlightening #PMQs in modern history. Pathetic argument, endless planted questions, dire scrutiny of policy."


Commons: The home secretary says there is now a team tracking absconders and attacks Labour's record for opening "the floodgates" on immigration.


Commons: Theresa May says the human rights legislation passed under Labour is hindering the government's efforts.


Commons: Home Secretary Theresa May says the government is the first to adopt a cross-department strategy on deporting foreign prisoners. But it remains "inherently difficult".

Daily Politics PMQs reaction

It's "not good enough" for David Cameron to deflect criticism of the NHS in England by attacking problems with the NHS in Wales, says Labour's Caroline Flint on the Daily Politics. Conservative MP Mark Harper says it is perfectly reasonable to draw comparisons between the two.

Staff numbers query

Commons: Yvette Cooper asks why the Home Office has "so few staff" working on foreign prisoner deportation cases.


Commons: For Labour, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says fewer foreign criminals are being deported, adding: "It's no good blaming appeals or human rights."

Human rights

Commons: The government is "rebalancing human rights laws in favour of the British public", rather than criminals, Theresa May says.

Political editor's view

Nick Robinson

Political editor

"It should have been renamed 'not answering the question time'," says the BBC's Nick Robinson on Daily Politics, although, he adds, it is Ed Miliband who is meant to be asking the questions.

Angus MacNeil, SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar


Tweets: "Seems man in public gallery threw marbles against the glass in viewing gallery at #PMQs - doorkeepers staff did great job removing him."


Commons: Theresa May says the Home Office didn't prioritise the deportation of foreign criminals before 2005. The government has been clamping down on numbers, she adds.

Theresa May

Commons: Home Secretary Theresa May says the problem of foreign prisoners has "beset" successive governments.

Foreign prisoners

Commons: It's now time for an urgent question following on from a report by the National Audit Office raising concerns over the rate of deportation of foreign offenders from the UK.

Session ends

That's your lot. Not a vintage session.

Pic: Cameron in action

David Cameron

Greg Hands, Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham


Tweets: "Biggest cheer of the day at #PMQs for the PM's announcement of a peerage for former Clerk of the Commons, Sir Robert Rogers. Well deserved!"

Mandelson quoted

Mr Cameron dredges up one of his favourite Peter Mandelson quotes - about Labour sending out search parties for migrant workers - as he taunts a smiling Ed Balls. It was in response to Tory right winger Peter Bone. MPs make some noise.

Michael Savage, chief political correspondent of The Times


Tweets: "It is a sign of the times when the PM tells Peter Bone he is "absolutely right" on immigration. #PMQs"

National builders' strike

The unjust jailing of men during the 1973 national builders' strike now - a cause celebre on the Labour left. Mr Cameron is accused of a cover-up by Labour's David Anderson. Mr Cameron says he is not aware of the case but the government has taken steps to release more secret papers.

NHS bidders

Lib Dem Julian Huppert asks why a private firm was favoured over an NHS bidder in his Cambridge constituency. Mr Cameron restates coalition policy on the issue.