PMQs Review: 25th November
This week’s Prime Minister’s Questions was a little less tense than last time, as the dust settles from the Paris attacks. With less emphasis on security and terrorism, Jeremy Corbyn began his inquisition with reference to the 55 Labour councils operating entirely on green energy, asking the Prime Minister if his party would follow suite. Mr Cameron expectantly danced around making any commitment on an issue that his government has become particularly weak on.
In regards to green energy, the one accolade Mr Cameron defended himself with during the exchange was that the last parliament was the greenest Britain has ever seen (from the Lib Dem coalition days, remember them?). However, Mr Corbyn was quick to seize on the vulnerability of his opposite number by highlighting the predicted failure of the government to reach their renewable energy targets. To this, Mr Cameron could only maintain that the UK is pledging $9billion to help other countries reduce emissions, and that he is taking a trip to Paris next week to talk about it — good to know, Dave!.
Following a further onslaught by the Labour leader over the UK’s widening energy gap, the Conservatives scrapping The Green Deal, and the United Nations’ chief scientist accusing Britain of going backwards, the Prime Minister was given a break — so he thought! Domestic violence against women was next on the agenda from Mr Corbyn, as he asked why one-third of those in need are being turned away from women’s refuges. This time, Mr Cameron used his get-out-of-jail-free card: the Chancellor’s autumn spending review. He smoothly explained that increased funding against domestic abuse would be laid out later on by his right-hand man.
Many of the other questions of this week’s session were somewhat mundane, with the forthcoming Goddard inquiry, police spending and British steel all featuring. Although, Mr Cameron did get his chance to have a dig at the SNP when Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh asked about National Lottery funding to community projects potentially getting cut. The Prime Minister bluntly told his Right Honourable friend that if her party had been successful in their bid for independence, then they would have no National Lottery funding whatsoever.
Question of the Day:
After a rather quiet PMQs, with all attention instead on the Autumn Statement, the question of the day is nothing too spectacular. However, Cornwall MP Steve Double brightened the House with a question that was not about Syria, terrorism or spending cuts.
“After many years of neglect under Labour, Cornwall is once again seeing investment in our roads, railways, airport and tourism. Cornwall is ambitious to diversify its economy and become a centre for the UK aerospace industry; indeed, Newquay airport is the forerunner to be the location of the UK spaceport. Will the Prime Minister please provide an update on the decision for the spaceport, and does he agree that Newquay would be the perfect place for it?”
It is nice to know that our MPs are thinking about more things than just war and money, but pushing boundaries and reaching for new frontiers.