Michael Deacon Parliamentary Sketchwriter 18 April 2018 • 4:46pm Here’s what was meant to happen. Jeremy Corbyn was going to stride into PMQs, lambast Theresa May for the appalling treatment of the Windrush generation, and watch the Prime Minister dissolve before his righteous glare into a puddle of remorse. Unfortunately, however, there was a very slight hiccup. “Yesterday,” snapped Mr Corbyn, “we learnt that in 2010 the Home Office destroyed landing cards for a generation of Commonwealth citizens. Did the Prime Minister – the then Home Secretary – sign off that decision?” Labour frontbenchers licked their lips. I glanced down from the gallery at Mrs May. She had a strange expression on her face. And it didn’t look like guilt. “No,” replied Mrs May crisply.... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events … [Read more...] about It should have been Jeremy Corbyn’s easiest PMQs. How on earth did he manage to lose?
Theresa May could have expected a difficult time at the despatch box today. But it was Jeremy Corbyn who ended up being caught wrong-footed at PMQs, after the Prime Minister revealed that the decision to destroy the landing cards which could have provided proof of citizenship for dozens of people threatened with deportation was made under Labour. Opening the chamber to questions, the Prime Minister took the opportunity to offer public apology to those members of the Windrush generation threatened with deportation, despite living in Britain for decades after travelling here as children. But when the Labour leader sought to lay the blame at Mrs May’s feet, she shot back with a significant new finding:... Register or log in to view this and other Politics articles. It's free and easy to do. Join regular debates with our journalists by commenting on articles Sign up to exclusive newsletters that give you the inside track on Westminster and Brexit Register Log in … [Read more...] about PMQs: Theresa May reveals that decision to destroy Windrush landing cards made under Labour
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have traded furious blows at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons for the first time since the Easter break. As anger mounts over the treatment of the 'Windrush generation' - with 50 cases were flagged in the first day of a new hotline - the Labour leader went on the attack. He blasted the "callous and incompetent" government and his party told Home Secretary Amber Rudd to "consider her position". But Theresa May sensationally hit back by saying the decision to destroy thousands of landing cards was made under LABOUR in 2009 - even though it was carried out over her in 2010. Meanwhile Parliament had two days of debate on the bombing of Syria after Labour's leader slammed the Tories for refusing to give MPs a vote. And Mr Corbyn was in the firing line as Labour MPs shared horrific stories of anti-Semitic trolling done in his name. Theresa May accused him of letting anti-Semitism "run rife in his party". Watch their full exchange above … [Read more...] about Corbyn’s full furious PMQs clash with May over the Windrush scandal
PRIME Minister's Questions is the weekly grilling of the PM by MPs in the House of Commons. Here's the lowdown on the parliamentary tradition. What day and time is Prime Minister's Question Time? Prime Minister's Questions is held every Wednesday at noon while the House of Commons is sitting. During this time the PM will spend around half an hour answering questions from MPs. The first formalised structure of PMQs was two 15 minute sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. This was changed by Tony Blair shortly after he took office in 1997 to one half hour session on Wednesdays. Why do MPs stand up for PMQs? It’s to attract the speaker’s attention as they hope to ask a question. Many of the questions have been pre-booked, but there are still supplementary slots up for grabs. The first question is normally asked by a government MP who will ask the PM if "she/he will list his/her engagements for the day?" That is usually met with the response: "This morning I had … [Read more...] about What time is PMQs today, why do MPs stand up for Prime Minister’s Questions and is there a live stream?
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD PRESENTED BY BP Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser Good Wednesday morning. Breaking overnight: CIA Director and U.S. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo secretly flew to North Korea over the Easter weekend for direct talks with Kim Jong Un, the Washington Post reports this morning. This is a pretty big deal. Pompeo was acting as a high-level envoy for President Donald Trump, who is due to meet with Kim himself within the next two months. “We have had direct talks at very high levels, extremely high levels with North Korea,” Trump confirmed. Also new from the US: Former First Lady Barbara Bush, who was wife to the 41st president and mother to the 43rd, has died at the age of 92. Read POLITICO’s obit here. DRIVING THE DAY RACE TO THE BOTTOM: The first Prime Minister’s Questions since the Easter break gets underway at noon today, with both party leaders having a pretty … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by BP: Trump envoy meets Kim — PMQs race to the bottom — View from India House