In full: Prime Minister's Questions: David Cameron v Ed Miliband

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    That concludes our coverage of Prime Minister's Questions. But the debate on the issues of the day continues on BBC Radio 4's The World at One. And, of course, the House of Commons is still going. Catch proceedings on BBC Democracy Live - where you'll also be able to catch an urgent question on the badger cull in the House of Lords at about 3.35pm.

     
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    The big issue of the day was undoubtedly energy prices. Ed Miliband is clearly determined to keep reminding the PM and public of his proposed freeze on tariffs. David Cameron is equally determined to attack the plans and push the message of economic recovery. Could this debate - cost-of-living worries versus overall GDP improvement - dominate the run-up to the next general election, which is scheduled for 2015?

     
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    David Cameron David Cameron said he was happy to spend some of his 47th birthday answering questions about energy policy.
     
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    Nick Robinson Political editor

    tweets: Back to the future. Cameron revives the "double whammy" warning against Labour - higher taxes & mortgage rates. Worked for John Major in '92

     
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    Nick Robinson Political editor

    tweets: Ed Miliband exposes Tory confusion over whether to attack "Marxist" energy price controls, ape them or simply call them a gimmick #pmqs

     
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    PMQs Here's a view of today's PMQs from the Conservative benches.
     
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    On energy tariffs, shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan says that, when a market system isn't working properly, it's up to the government to sort it out.

     
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    Policing minister Damian Green criticises Ed Miliband's proposed energy tariff freeze, saying the UK government cannot control global wholesale prices.

     
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    1236: James Landale Deputy Political Editor, BBC News

    The cost of living is a concern to the electorate, which is why Ed Miliband is keen to raise it. But, at the next election, David Cameron wants the debate to be about the state of the economy.

     
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    Wait - we're into extra time as Ed Balls gets to ask a point of order on the prime minister's marriage tax break answer during PMQs. David Cameron replies to the shadow chancellor amid a huge wall of noise. Once he finishes Speaker John Bercow says he can now say that prime minister's questions is definitively over.

     
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    Tory Mark Reckless attacks London Mayor Boris Johnson's plans for a Thames estuary airport. Mr Reckless's constituency is Rochester, in Kent. David Cameron says he does not wish to pre-empt a report on various proposals. That ends Prime Minister's Questions for this week.

     
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    Tory Jake Berry asks whether EU plans to abolish smaller packets of cigarettes will help fight smoking. The PM replies that he will investigate this.

     
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    Tory Richard Ottaway praises the Scrap Metal Act, saying it will "make the trains run on time" by reducing theft. David Cameron agrees, noting that it should also stop a repeat of the recent theft of lead from a church roof in his own Witney constituency.

     
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    Labour's Simon Danczuk asks if the PM is comfortable meeting his Sri Lankan counterpart at the upcoming Commonwealth conference. Mr Cameron says he will bring up human rights concerns.

     
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    Plaid Cymru's Elfyn Llywd asks about Syria. David Cameron says the US's determination to take action led to the diplomatic agreement that the Assad government would destroy its chemical weapons.

     
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    The PM promises to "look further" to see what can be done to eradicate telephone nuisance calls.

     
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    Labour's Luciana Berger says nursery costs are rising faster than wages and urges the PM to extend free allocation to 25 hours a week. David Cameron says the coalition is working to help parents.

     
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    Away from Prime Minister's Questions, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has told the BBC that the "badgers have moved the goalposts" over the cull.

     
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    Labour's Jim Sheridan asks what personal sacrifices the PM's family has made during these times of austerity. David Cameron says times have been tough for the country because of the deficit left by the previous government.

     
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    Lib Dem Ian Swales asks for sixth-form colleges to be removed from paying VAT. David Cameron promises to look carefully at the issue.

     
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    Former Labour chief whip Nick Brown asks about the NHS in north-east England, saying money will be taken out by the government. He asks who will stand up for the region. David Cameron responds that clinical funding for north-east England is going up.

     
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    Labour's Roberta Blackman-Woods echoes party leader Ed Miliband over the cost of energy bills to poorer families. David Cameron says Mr Miliband's promise of a price freeze was not "proper politics".

     
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    Conservative Chris Skidmore says the law must be changed so that drivers who cause accidents while disqualified should face greater punishment. David Cameron says Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has ordered a review of sentencing guidelines.

     
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    Conservative Mark Pawsey notes today's BBC poll which he says shows cuts to budgets do not necessarily damage services. David Cameron says when he heard the BBC saying this "I thought I'd died and gone to heaven". Here's more on the BBC's poll.

     
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    Tory John Randall, no longer deputy chief whip after this week's reshuffle, asks about the detrimental effects of aircraft noise. He asks that such concerns are treated as paramount when planning the future of air travel in south-eastern England. David Cameron says he looks forward to hearing Mr Randall's contributions from the back benches.

     
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    David Cameron says, in response to another question, more support is being given to help poor children in primary schools.

     
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    Tory Caroline Noakes raises concerns over the importation of diet pills. The PM promises to look into it.

     
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    The next Labour question to David Cameron sees him asked about energy tariffs again. He says Ed Miliband needs an economic lesson.

     
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    David Cameron mocks Ed Balls and Ed Miliband for claiming their "credibility" will help win the election. He likens this to the captain of the Titanic running on his safety record. That ends the leaders' clash.

     
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    Ed Miliband says David Cameron is standing up for energy firms, rather than consumers.

     
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    The PM says Labour hasn't got an economic policy any more. He adds that the "best birthday present" he could have is shadow chancellor Ed Balls staying on the opposition front bench. Mr Balls seemed to like that one.

     
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    Ed Miliband urges the PM to work out his position on an energy price freeze. David Cameron says the Labour leader is suffering "complete amnesia" regarding his own time as energy secretary during Gordon Brown's premiership.

     
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    David Cameron David Cameron says the Labour energy price freeze is a gimmick that collapsed after 12 hours
     
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    Ed Balls and Ed Miliband Ed Balls and Ed Miliband react to attacks from the prime minister
     
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    Ed Miliband asks whether energy prices have gone up by £300 under the coalition. David Cameron says his opponent needs a "basic lesson in economics".

     
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    The Labour leader asks why "at least 90%" of the country will not benefit from changes to tariff rules under the coalition. The PM chooses to attack the Labour leader's own pledge, claiming he will break his promises.

     
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    Ed Miliband asks about his own policy of freezing energy prizes, and whether it's a "good idea" or a "communist plot". The PM replies that Mr Miliband did little to help when he was energy secretary.

     
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    Ed Miliband wishes the PM happy birthday. He gets a smile in return and the PM replies, presumably tongue-in-cheek, that "there's nothing I'd rather be doing on my birthday than this".

     
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    Nigel Evans Former Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans gets an early question in
     
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    Labour leader Ed Miliband says the terrorist attack in Nairobi was "cowardly" and "heinous".

     
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    Former Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans is called by the Speaker and asks about reductions in numbers of GP surgeries. The PM says he will look carefully at the issue.

     
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    Mr Cameron congratulates Professor Peter Higgs for his Nobel prize for physics.

     
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    David Cameron begins by offering his condolences to the families of those killed in the recent terrorist attack in Nairobi.

     
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    David Cameron is on his feet as we get under way a minute early.

     
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    1158: James Landale Deputy Political Editor, BBC News

    Today's Prime Minister's Questions, leaves Ed Miliband little ground to attack the PM. I think he might choose the cost-of-living issue, following on from his Labour Party conference speech.

     
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    The benches are filling up in the Commons for the first Prime Minister's Questions since the start of September - there hasn't been one since because of the party conference season.

     
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    We forgot to say. Today is David Cameron's 47th birthday - Andrew Neil says that even the PM on his birthday can't expect to get a much prized Daily Politics mug without entering their guess the year competition.

     
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    On Daily Politics, Damian Green says the UK economy is doing better than anyone thought possible just a few months ago.

     
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    David Cameron David Cameron was out and about yesterday as part of the launch of the government's Right to Buy guarantee,
     
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    Just under 10 minutes to go now and the sun has appeared at Westminster after a gloomy morning.

     
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    Ed Miliband and wife Justine Red-carpet Ed: The Labour leader attended Monday's Pride of Britain awards, where he admitted during a red-carpet interview to several fashion faux pas during the 1980s, including a combo of white slacks and questionable V-necks.
     
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    In the Commons chamber, Wales Questions is under way. Foreign Secretary William Hague - a Welsh secretary himself in the 1990s - is in his seat. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is next to him. They chat merrily.

     
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    Home Secretary Theresa May has been at Buckingham Palace this morning for the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay, ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. A quick sprint to the Palace of Westminster should see her in place for PMQs.

     
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    For Labour, shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan says the "go home" message was wrong, as it was used in some of the "most ethnically diverse" of London's boroughs and had "connotations" for those who grew up in the 1980s.

     
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    On BBC Two's Daily Politics, policing minister Damian Green says the "go home" vans used by the Home Office to advise illegal immigrants on their course of action were "not a mistake".

     
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    Before Prime Minister's Questions starts at noon, Wales Questions is taking place in the chamber.

     
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    Alistair Carmichael From the BBC's archives: Here's new Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael as you might not have seen him before. Knitting is a key pastime for male and female denizens of his Orkney and Shetland constituency. Mr Carmichael has been known to have a go himself.
     
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    The first five MPs on the list to ask questions today are all Labour: Tom Harris, Graham Jones, Andrew Miller, Julie Hilling and Jenny Chapman. Chris Skidmore, in sixth spot, is the first Conservative listed.

     
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    One subject you could bet your house - or at least your season ticket - on coming up today is rail fare rises. The government has announced it will curb the powers of operators in England to increase ticket prices. The limit will be 6.1%, rather than 9.1%, a year in future. Ministers say this will benefit commuters; Labour argues it is too little, too late.

     
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    It seems unlikely that Ed Miliband will lead on the economy, as the IMF upgraded its forecast for UK growth this week. If the Labour leader fails to mention it, David Cameron will probably try to bring it up in some form.

     
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    So, what will come up today? Hard to say. Perhaps Ed Miliband will mention the Advertising Standards Authority's decision to ban the Home Office vans telling illegal immigrants to "Go home or face arrest" (on the grounds the figures given for arrests "in your area" were not accurate). However, this would allow the PM to reply unfavourably about Labour's record on immigration when it was in power.

     
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    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions. The front benches will look a little different this week following reshuffles by David Cameron and Ed Miliband. For Labour, expect to see new shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt seated prominently, while new Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael should be somewhere near the PM.

     

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