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  1. David Cameron took questions from Ed Miliband and backbench MPs
  2. Watch the whole session back in today's Daily Politics (via the Live Coverage tab on this page)
  3. The two leaders clashed over the NHS, including access to GPs
  4. Ed Miliband said the NHS would only be safe under a Labour government
  5. David Cameron countered by saying the NHS would only be safe is the economy was safe
  6. Speaker has to intervene to get MPs to be quiet so new UKIP MP's question can be heard

Live Reporting

By Jackie Storer and Adam Donald

All times stated are UK

Media reaction

The Spectator

The Spectator's Isabel Hardman

says Mark Reckless's question on the NHS in his constituency shows he is "still fighting his by-election". She says we may yet see "an interesting division of labour in the two-man UKIP parliamentary party", with Douglas Carswell acting as the big-ideas man scrutinising the executive while Mr Reckless tends his patch in anticipation of a tough fight in May 2015.

Newspaper reaction

The Independent

The Independent

asks the question exercising many Twitter users today: "What on earth was going on with George Osborne at PMQs?" The Chancellor was "sat next to David Cameron with his hair, tie, collar and frankly face all slightly askew". Long nights preparing for the Autumn Statement?

Newspaper reaction

The Mirror

Nigel Nelson,

writing for The Mirror, says that if the PM and the Leader of the Opposition are to be believed, there are two National Health Services in the country: one doing "just splendidly" and one "at breaking point". He also highlights Mark Reckless's role as a villain for the entire Commons, and says the PM suggested "that UKIP would wreck the PM's NHS, Ed's NHS and Mark's NHS".

Newspaper reaction

The Guardian

The Guardian's Andrew Sparrow

says today's action was like a "tug of war", with Ed Miliband focusing his questions on the NHS and David Cameron answering by dragging the discussion back to the economy. Mr Sparrow says this is hardly surprising: YouGov polls show Labour 11 points ahead on the NHS, and the Tories 15 points ahead on the economy.

Newspaper reaction

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph's Michael Deacon

enjoyed Conservative MP's Nadhim Zahawi's mention of "my constituent William Shakespeare", and quoting of the latter's words in Richard II, as much as Tories on the green benches did. But the real awkwardness for Ed Miliband, Mr Deacon writes, was his own party's Jamie Reed highlighting his own working class credentials - which inevitably put the spotlight on Miliband's "metropolitan gawkiness".

What's coming up

That brings to an end our live text commentary on today's Prime Minister's Questions. You can follow the reaction now on BBC Radio 4's The World at One, PM at 5pm and Newsnight tonight - or watch the whole session back on Daily Politics, by clicking on the Live Coverage tab above. The best clips from the session are under the Key Video tab. We'll also be rounding up reaction to the session later on this page - and, of course, you can continue to follow events in Parliament today on

Democracy Live.

Who could resist?

BBC2's Daily Politics also revealed that 10 Lib Dem Christmas cards featuring a snowman were selling for £5, while UKIP's Cornish pewter necklace, featuring a pound sign, was going for £12. A Green Party pen is on sale for £2.95.

Searching for that Christmas gift?

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps showed off a Tory mug with the slogan, "Securing Britain's Future", which he said was on sale for £20. A bag designed by artist Grayson Perry is being sold by the Labour Party for £19.

Sol Campbell v Owen Smith

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps said it was not fair that people who had lived in their homes all their lives should pay the mansion tax. But Labour's Owen Smith dismissed the claims, describing them as "scare-mongering".

'Can't afford it'

Sol Campbell said he could not afford to pay the mansion tax. But Labour's Owen Smith said the tax would hit 0.5% of people in this country. "I think it's fair to ask you to pay your fair share towards a better society," he told the ex-football star.

Low paid?

Sol Campbell told BBC2's Daily Politics that Google, Amazon and Starbucks were "not paying their way". He said he was not earning what he had been earning five years ago.

'Zero sympathy'

Also on Daily Politics Labour MP Owen Smith tells Daily Politics that Sol Campbell had recently put a £25m house in Chelsea up for sale. He told the ex-footballer he believed people in this country would have "zero sympathy with millionaires like you pleading poverty".

Sol Campbell

Raising the issue of Labour's proposed mansion tax, former England football star Sol Campbell tells BBC2's Daily Politics he had paid millions in income tax and stamp duty but this would penalise him for investing in a property portfolio. "I see this as a tax on aspiration," he said.

John Rentoul, columnist for The Independent


Tweets: "What didn't come up at #PMQs: Angelina Jolie & Bill Oddie's opposition to the mansion tax; David Mellor and the taxi driver."

Luke Evans, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Edgbaston


Tweets: "@Ed_Miliband "weaponising" the NHS is EXACTLY what you SHOULDN'T do to solve the health problems facing the entire UK #pmqs"

Coma call

Mr Shapps recounts how he had been in a serious car crash in the US and was woken from a coma by the phone ringing and questions about where the hospital should send the bill. Mr Shapps said he did not want to live in a country like that.

GP waiting times

Asked by BBC2's Daily Politics why one in four people were waiting to see a GP, Conservative chairman Grant Shapps said David Cameron had said GP services should run until 8pm at night.

Dangerous dogs

The Commons is now debating a motion by Labour's Julie Hilling on dangerous dogs, She is talking about a case in her own constituency. You can follow on-going coverage of this on the

BBC's Democracy Live website.

NHS hot topic

Over on BBC2's Daily Politics, BBC political editor Nick Robinson said the NHS had dominated question time. He said it would be interesting to see if the health service received more money in the autumn statement.

Danny Shaw, BBC home affairs correspondent


Tweets: "No sign of Tory MP David Davis at #pmqs -that's because he's again at High Court for legal sparring match in #plebgate libel case."

Clean shave

Mr Cameron pointed out colleagues in the chamber who had joined in the moustache challenge as well as his protection team. He said he was disappointed he could not seem to be able to join in the fund-raising.

Vicki Young, BBC chief political correspondent


Tweets: "Cameron admits he doesn't "seem able" to join fellow Tory MPs who've grown moustaches for #Movember"


One more from the end of the session - Tory Jason McCartney asked if Mr Cameron would congratulate all those who had taken part in Movember charity - which encourages men to grow their moustaches in November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer.

Deja vu?

The BBC's assistant political editor Norman Smith says PMQs resembled a "cracked record", with familiar themes being discussed.


In a further question, the PM was asked by Tory Andrew Turner if he believed Save the Children was right to give ex-Labour PM Tony Blair an award. Mr Cameron jokes that the most remarkable thing was that it had been presented to Mr Blair by someone who used to work for Gordon Brown.

Adrian Sanders, Lib Dem MP for Torbay


Tweets: "Really bad of Tories & some Lab MPs to try and shout down new UKIP MP Mark Reckless at #pmqs All elected voices should be heard"

Neglected diseases

Labour's Pamela Nash said 76% of children living with HIV in the world did not receive medication, and claims that more widely, the lack of investment in neglected diseases had resulted in the Ebola outbreak. She asked what investment the government was making in treatments.

Andrew Woodcock, political editor of the Press Association


Tweets: "Loud groans as Mark Reckless called to speak at #pmqs - Speaker has to intercede to silence heckling"

Pic: Mark Reckless's first UKIP question

Mark Reckless

UKIP attacked over NHS

Mr Cameron said he did not understand why his former Tory colleague had decided to join a party that did not believe in the NHS and wanted to break it up.

UKIP debut

To rowdy scenes, Mark Reckless, speaking for the first time as a UKIP MP, said he was grateful to the PM for spending so much time in his Rochester and Strood constitutency.

EU poll

Labour's Phil Wilson asks if the PM would ever lead a "no" campaign in the coming EU referendum. Mr Cameron replies: "Trust the people and let the people decide."

Roberta Blackman-Woods, Labour MP for Durham City


Tweets: "Sadly no recognition from Prime Minister of need to do more to get people earning at least the living wage to tackle in work poverty #pmqs"

A&E beds

Labour's Andrew Slaughter asks the PM to prevent any further cuts in A&E in West London. Mr Cameron replies by saying more beds were going into hospitals in Hammersmith.


Conservative Sarah Newton asks Mr Cameron to thank RFA Argus for their work to tackle Ebola in Sierra Leone. Mr Cameron said RFA Argus' presence in the region was a key part of that strategy.


Mr Cameron said if Mr Reed valued people who worked hard and got on, he should cross the floor and join the Conservatives.

Family van

Referring to Ms Thornberry's tweet, Labour's Jamie Reed said when he saw a white van the first thing he thought was whether it was his father or brother driving it.

Pic: Nadhim Zahawi

Nadhim Zahawi
Nadhim Zahawi quotes Shakespeare in raising Labour's troubles over a white van/flags tweet

Yarl's Wood

Labour's Karl Turner asks the PM if he agreed a full independent inquiry should have been carried out into a contract by Serco at Yarl's Wood removal centre. Mr Cameron said one or two bad contracts should not fulfil the unions' dream of ending all contracts altogether.

Adrian Pearson, Yorkshire Post political editor


Tweets: "Glum faces on Lab front bench for white van man question. No choice but to take a kicking and hope it passes. #pmqs"