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Summary

  1. David Cameron answered questions in first post-conference and referendum PMQs
  2. Ed Miliband said minister Lord Freud had suggested some people with disabilities should be paid less than then minimum wage
  3. David Cameron said the quoted comments were not the view of government, or anyone in it
  4. New UKIP MP Douglas Carswell asked David Cameron about proposals for a recall bill
  5. Follow all the reaction on Daily Politics, The World at One on this page

Live Reporting

By Pippa Simm, Justin Parkinson and Adam Donald

All times stated are UK

  1. Update: What the papers made of it

    Daily Telegraph:Sketch writer Michael Deacon marvels at the use of grammar by Labour's Nic Dakin and tries to hear Ed Miliband, despite his sore throat. He goes on to dissect Labour's demands for a more "full" apology by Lord Freud.

    Mail Online: Political editor Matt Chorley calls Ed Miliband's remarks about Lord Freud at PMQs "explosive", adding that his colleague at the Department for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, sought to "distance" herself.

    The Mirror: Nigel Nelson delivers his verdict on PMQs: "Score draw on the insult front, I'd say. Lord Freud's problem was more serious. So serious it might prove terminal for his political career."

    The Independent: Conservative MPs and charity bosses are quoted criticising Lord Freud. Among them, Clare Pelham, chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability, calls his remarks "deeply saddening and ill-informed".

  2. What's coming up

    All the key clips from Prime Minister's Questions, the session in full, plus the key reaction to David Cameron and Ed Miliband's clashes over the economy and Lord Freud's comments are available on this page - click on the "Live Coverage" tab to listen to BBC Radio 4's World at One, PM and Today in Parliament or watch TV's Daily Politics as they are webcast, or listen/watch back on demand. There will be more text updates to come this afternoon.

  3. Lord Freud latest

    The biggest development at this week's session was the recording of employment minister Lord Freud telling Conservative activists last month some disabled workers were "not worth the full wage". David Cameron said these "were not the views of anyone in government". Labour, meanwhile, has called for Lord Freud to resign.

  4. Recap

    It was a busy Prime Minister's Questions, the first for five weeks. The issue of falling unemployment dominated. Ed Miliband's memory slips when dealing with the deficit and immigration came up, as did the defection of two Conservative MPs to UKIP. Concerns over the spread of Ebola were raised, while several Labour MPs asked about NHS funding.

  5. Swearing teachers

    Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt defends his idea that teachers should swear a professional oath, saying it's time to "have a conversation with the profession". The oath should be voluntary, he adds.

  6. Tim Montgomerie, comment editor of The Times

    @TimMontgomerie

    tweets: "Lord Freud is working unpaid to try and reform a complex benefits system that penalises work. He deserves the chance to finish that work."

  7. James Tapsfield, Press Association

    @JamesTapsfield

    tweets: "Lord Freud exit looks inevitable, but major headache for IDS - probably only minister fully across universal credit architecture"

  8. McVey on NHS

    NHS reforms under the coalition are saving £1bn a year, Conservative employment minister Esther McVey says.

  9. More on NHS

    Andrew Haldenby of the think tank Reform tells Daily Politics that most people don't care who provides healthcare on behalf of the NHS, as long as the quality of service is maintained.

  10. NHS

    Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt says Labour is concerned about the effect of "privatisation" of services within the English NHS.

  11. John Rentoul, columnist for the Independent on Sunday

    @JohnRentoul

    tweets: "Looking at Lord Freud's words and his obviously benign intention, an apology for unfortunate phrasing should be enough."

  12. Joey Jones, deputy political editor of Sky News

    @joeyjonessky

    tweets: "Noticeable that while @DouglasCarswell fixed PM while asking question, PM couldn't bring himself to look at the questioner at all."

  13. Lord Freud

    David Scott, a Tory councillor from Tunbridge Wells, has confirmed he asked the question of Lord Freud at the Conservative conference and was encouraged by the answer. He says he has cases where the minimum wage precludes a small number of physically/mentally disabled people from working. He gives an example of someone doing gardening who may take three to four hours longer than someone who's not disabled but whom an employer still wants to give a chance. Mr Scott says he doesn't want to undermine the minimum wage but thinks a system to reward them would help their own wellbeing by getting them into work.

  14. Craig Woodhouse, political correspondent of The Sun

    @craigawoodhouse

    tweets: "Very good. MT "@LucyRigby: Tory Minister Lord Freud giving a whole new meaning to a 'Freudian slip'.""

  15. Lord Freud

    Employment minister Esther McVey says it's up to Lord Freud to explain the conversation that took place at a fringe meeting at the Conservative conference.

  16. Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party

    @Ed_Miliband

    tweets: "Lord Freud said disabled people weren't worth the minimum wage. If these are his views, he can't stay in govt. #PMQs"

  17. Robin Brant, BBC political correspondent

    @robindbrant

    tweets: "DWP minister esther mcvey tells bbc dp that freud 'will have to explain himself'."

  18. McVey on Freud

    Employment minister Esther McVey says Lord Freud's remarks "absolutely" do not represent government policy.

  19. Hunt on Freud

    For Labour, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt says Lord Freud was "flying a kite" on policy with his remarks about disabled people's pay at the Conservative Party conference. It reveals a "very disturbing mindset", he tells BBC Two's Daily Politics,

  20. Lord Freud

    Employment minister Esther McVey says Lord Freud's words will "haunt him".

  21. Lord Freud recording

    Nick Robinson

    Political editor

    Lord Freud is known for picking his words pretty badly. He's done it in the past... This is a classic example of someone thinking out loud, without a politician's mind that "this is something I shouldn't say".

  22. Mark D'Arcy, BBC parliamentary correspondent

    @DArcyTiP

    tweets: "PM straight bats @DouglasCarswell recall question - says will look v carefully at @ZacGoldsmith amendments. Hmm."

  23. End of session

    That brings prime minister's questions to a close, and attention in the Commons turns to a ten-minute rule bill on mental health.

  24. Islamic State

    Labour's Meg Hillier asks what the government is doing to prevent a massacre by Islamic State militants in the besieged Syrian town of Kobane. David Cameron says the UK is involved in air strikes over Iraq, and adds that he thinks there is a case for Britain "to do more".

  25. Norman Smith, BBC assistant political editor

    @BBCNormanS

    tweets: "No 10 say sure Lord Freud "will set out how he agrees with PMs views." Sounds like if he doesn't the exit door beckons #pmqs"

  26. Carswell on recall

    A question now from UKIP's first elected MP Douglas Carswell - who defected from the Conservatives. Cue murmurs in the chamber. He asks the PM if he will stand by his election "promises" in 2010 and support amendments to legislation to recall errant MPs. David Cameron insists he will look carefully at all amendments. He says: "I think we've come up with the minimum acceptable recall." He adds that there are "good arguments" to go further.

  27. Robin Brant, BBC political correspondent

    @robindbrant

    tweets: "ironically lord freud is 'unpaid' for his work as welfare reform minister"

  28. Alan Henning

    Labour's Barbara Keeley asks the PM if he agrees that Briton Alan Henning, who was murdered by Islamic State, should be recognised with a national honour and support for his widow and children. Mr Cameron promises to consider her suggestion, and describes Mr Henning as a "hero". His murder demonstrates the "dreadfulness" of Islamic State, he adds.

  29. Health questions

    There seems to be a co-ordinated effort by Labour backbenchers to question the PM on the NHS - another one comes from Steve Reed.

  30. NHS

    Labour's Darlington MP Jenny Chapman follows previous Labour colleagues and asks a question on NHS reorganisation. She feels she needs to educate the PM that her constituency is in the north-east of England, which cheers some on the Labour benches. Mr Cameron defends his NHS reforms, and tells her there can only be a strong NHS with a strong economy.

  31. Catching the Speaker's eye?

    Commons
    Image caption: Dennis Skinner and Douglas Carswell are among those standing up hoping to be called to ask a question
  32. Inheritance tax

    Angie Bray, a Conservative MP, raises a question on inheritance tax, which she says far too many non-rich people are having to pay. David Cameron says taxes are a matter for the chancellor in his Budget - but adds that he wants to see a system where only the "very rich" pay.

  33. Andy Bell, political editor of 5 News

    @andybell5news

    tweets: "Today like a preview of election campaigns - Tory competence (jobs figures) vs Nasty party (lord Freud) #PMQs"

  34. George Eaton, political editor of the New Statesman

    @georgeeaton

    tweets: "After that #PMQs, only consistent course would be for Cameron to sack Lord Freud."

  35. Palestine vote

    Lib Dem David Ward makes reference to Monday's vote in the Commons in favour of recognising Palestine as a state. David Cameron says he "looks forward" to the day when Britain will recognise Palestinian statehood, but insists it should be "part of the negotiations that bring about a two-state solution".

  36. NHS

    Labour MP Graham Jones accuses David Cameron of broken promises over the NHS. Mr Cameron counters that Labour wanted to cut the NHS budget, and says his government is spending £12.7bn more on the health service.

  37. Christopher Hope, senior political correspondent of the Daily Telegraph

    @christopherhope

    tweets: "Frantic texting going on among Number 10 spin doctors at the back of the press gallery re this Lord Freud story. #PMQs"

  38. Post update

    Democratic Unionist Party MP Nigel Dodds raises concerns about the Ebola crisis. Mr Cameron says the government is working to keep the country safe, and notes the screening process that began at Heathrow Terminal 1 on Tuesday. The prime minister is to chair a meeting of Cobra tomorrow, MPs are told.

  39. Isabel Hardman, assistant editor of The Spectator

    @IsabelHardman

    tweets: "DD managed a brief loyal noise before pressuring the PM on red lines for EU renegotiation #pmqs"

  40. Red lines

    A question from Conservative David Davis now on David Cameron's plans for EU reform negotiation. He asks what his red lines will be. Mr Cameron's list includes safeguards for the single market and immigration and opting out of "ever-closer union".

  41. Post update

    Ed Miliband claims the "nasty party" is back, citing "unfunded" tax cuts and what he calls an undermining of the national minimum wage. David Cameron counters that the government is "on the side of hard-working people". That ends their discussion for this week.

  42. Louise Stewart, political editor of BBC South East

    @BBCLouise

    tweets: "PM says Miliband's forgotten paragraphs were under "hard truths" says hard truth is he's not up to the job #PMQs"

  43. Freud

    Ed Miliband continues to quote Lord Freud - and says he should not stay in the government. Mr Cameron insists they are not the views of the government, or anyone in it. Mr Cameron - whose late son Ivan was disabled - says he will take "no lectures" about looking after disabled people.

  44. UKIP question?

    UKIP's first MP Douglas Carswell is standing up after the PM's answers, hoping to catch the Speaker's eye so he can ask a question. No luck so far...

  45. Lord Freud

    Ed Miliband asks the PM if he shares the views of Welfare Minister Lord Freud who he claims said disabled people "are not worth the full national minimum wage". Absolutely not, Mr Cameron replied. He says the government has the NMW is going up in real terms under the government.

  46. Noise level

    The atmosphere has been pretty quiet by PMQs standards. Surprising, given it's five weeks since the last session. Things get back to normal as Speaker John Bercow has to hush MPs.

  47. Will Straw, Labour candidate in Rossendale and Darwen

    @wdjstraw

    tweets: "Cameron refuses to answer how he'll pay for his £7bn pre-election tax bribe. That's not a credible plan for the deficit. #PMQs"

  48. Michael White, assistant editor of The Guardian

    @MichaelWhite

    tweets: "#PMQs Cam blaming Labour for recession/wages fall. Yet at IMF this week Mark Carney, Tory-appointed BoE Governor, blamed bankers, rightly so"

  49. Economy

    David Cameron defends his government's record in office after an attack by the Labour leader. He says the economy is growing and the deficit is coming down - which in his view would be put at risk by a Labour government.

  50. Frontbench view

    The Conservative front bench
    Image caption: The coalition frontbench are amused by Ed Miliband's comments
  51. The biggest loser?

    Ed Miliband hits back at David Cameron's earlier swipe at him forgetting to mention the deficit in his conference speech. He notes that while he may have forgotten a couple of paragraphs, Mr Cameron has since "lost a couple of your MPs", referring to the two defections to the UK Independence Party.

  52. Mehdi Hasan, political director of The Huffington Post

    @mehdirhasan

    tweets: ""He forgot the deficit' bingo at #pmqs begins".

  53. Unemployment

    David Cameron welcomes the latest statistics, which show a drop in the unemployment rate to 6% - its lowest level since 2008. He says it is evidence that the government's long-term plan is working. He acknowledges wage growth is slow but says this is due to the scale of the recession.

  54. Husky

    Ed Miliband is on his feet, and, with a huskier-than-usual voice reveals he has a sore throat. He welcomes the latest unemployment figures - but says wages are failing to keep pace with inflation.

  55. Carswell

    Conservative MP Stewart Jackson makes a veiled swipe at UKIP's first elected MP, Douglas Carswell - a former Tory, who is sitting on the opposite benches. He says the only way to get an EU referendum is with a Conservative government. David Cameron agrees: "There is only one choice and that's to vote Conservative."

  56. Tom Newton Dunn, political editor of The Sun

    @tnewtondunn

    tweets: "Labour have a recording of Welfare Minister Lord Freud saying disabled people are "not worth" minimum wage; Ed Mili's PMQs ambush."

  57. Cancer care

    Joan Walley, the Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, has the first question - and asks the prime minister to reverse his "£1.2bn privatisation" of cancer care in Staffordshire. Mr Cameron says cancer referrals are up 50%.

  58. We're off

    We are under way.

  59. Andrew Sinclair, political correspondent for BBC East

    @andrewpolitics

    tweets: "New UKIP MP @DouglasCarswell in commons for #pmqs. He's sitting on the "trouble causers" row shared with Dennis Skinner"

  60. Nearly off

    David Cameron has taken his seat on the government front bench, and is having a last-minute read through his notes.

  61. Miliband praise

    Labour's Tristram Hunt says the established parties have to work harder for votes in the context of the rise of UKIP and others. Ed Miliband "has kept us together" since the 2010 election, he tells Daily Politics.

  62. The Commons scene

    The Commons
    Image caption: Douglas Carswell, sat third from the end of the frontbenches on the right hand side of this picture
  63. He's here

    Just a few minutes to go until the main event. UKIP's Douglas Carswell is in his seat, just along from the perch occupied by Labour's Dennis Skinner.

  64. Rochester

    Conservative minister Esther McVey says her party has to "sell" itself in the Rochester and Strood by-election, prompted by the defection of Mark Reckless to UKIP. She says David Cameron will survive as leader whatever the result.

  65. Tristram Hunt

    For Labour, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt says he wants wealth-creators and entrepreneurs to come to the UK. His party's spending proposals are all costed, he adds.

  66. Jobs

    On BBC Two's Daily Politics, employment minister Esther McVey is happy about the latest news on unemployment falling below two million. This follows the biggest recession in living memory, she says.

  67. Scotland's Thatcher?

    Before PMQs gets under way, it's Scottish Questions. Minister David Mundell, a Conservative, compares SNP leader and first minister-to-be Nicola Sturgeon with Margaret Thatcher, thanks to her pioneering ways as a female politician. The SNP's Westminster leader, Angus Robertson doesn't like that.

  68. Tony McNulty, former Labour MP for Harrow East

    @Tony_McNulty

    tweets: "Tied up so can't make PMQs today - EdM needs a good performance. Am sure he will deliver."

  69. Michael Fabricant, Conservative MP for Lichfield

    @Mike_Fabricant

    tweets: "Unemployment has fallen again. By 154,000. Will EdM say "Rejoice, rejoice" at #PMQs today???"

  70. Paul Waugh, editor of PoliticsHome

    @paulwaugh

    tweets: "Another Wednesday and another PMQs gift for David Cameron. Unemployment falls to 6%."

  71. Joey Jones, deputy political editor of Sky News

    @joeyjonessky

    tweets: "Tory MPs looking forward to PMQs; expecting @David_Cameron to have some fun at @Ed_Miliband expense; watch for @DouglasCarswell too."

  72. Daily Politics guests

    Conservative employment minister Esther McVey and shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt are giving their opinions on BBC Two's Daily Politics.

  73. Rotten idea?

    An interesting intervention in the debate inspired by comedian Russell Brand's call for people not to vote (a forthcoming speech on the subject is set to be broadcast at 200 cinemas). Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon tells the Guardian's Polly Toynbee the comedian's ideas are the "most idiotic thing I've ever heard".

  74. Sturgeon to take top jobs

    In other news, Nicola Sturgeon is to become SNP leader and Scottish First Minister, as she was nominated unopposed as successor for Alex Salmond.

    Nicola Sturgeon
  75. Post update

    So, what is Labour leader Ed Miliband likely to bring up today? Falling unemployment will probably not be top of his agenda. Maybe the issue of whether there should be some England-only votes in the Commons, which his party opposes? Or will he play a more statesmanlike card by focusing on issues of national security and the campaign against Islamic State? The NHS, maybe? Cost of living?

  76. Top of the list

    Labour's Joan Walley and Kerry McCarthy are top of the list to ask questions.

  77. What will DD ask DC?

    An interesting name among those near the top of the list to ask questions of the PM is David Davis, the man he beat to the Conservative leadership in 2005. What will be on his mind?

  78. Carswell

    UKIP's first elected MP, Douglas Carswell, who defected from the Conservatives over the summer and beat his old party in last week's Clacton by-election, took his Commons seat earlier this week. He'll probably be in today, although he's not listed as one of the MPs at the top of the ballot to ask questions.

  79. Setting the scene

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions. It's been a busy few weeks since we were last here. Three party conferences and a referendum have taken place, so there's much to discuss. Also, today, it's been announced that unemployment has fallen below the two million level. Meanwhile concerns about Ebola continue, while the UK is involved against air strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq. All that and much, much more is likely to be debated between David Cameron, his friends and enemies, after he gets up at about 12:00 BST.