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PMQ's: Corbyn tackles PM with crowdsourced questions

2015-09-16 17:59:50

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has used his first Prime Minister's Questions to put some of the 40,000 questions sent to him by members of the public to David Cameron.

Mr Corbyn was greeted with cheers as he rose to his feet at the despatch box, where he tackled the PM over housing, welfare cuts and mental health services

He also called for a new approach at the weekly session, which is traditionally known for its rowdy atmosphere, and told the PM many voters had told him PMQs and Westminster as a whole was "out of touch and too theatrical".

And Sky's Deputy Political Editor Joey Jones said Mr Corbyn's approach proved effective, allowing him to set a measured low-key tone.

The Labour leader's first question was about the "chronic lack of housing".

Responding, the PM congratulated the Labour leader on his election and said he hoped they could work together in the national interest.

Mr Corbyn then took the PM to task over cuts to tax credits, which he branded as "shameful".

But Mr Cameron said there was a need to make work pay.

When jeered from the opposition benches, he said: "I thought this was the new question time".

"What we have to do is tackle the causes of poverty" Mr Cameron argued.

But the Labour leader pressed the PM over the fairness of the welfare cuts.

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Mr Cameron stressed the need to have "an economy where work pays".

But Mr Corbyn said some people did not have a choice.

He then tackled the PM over mental health services.

The PM said more needed to be done in this area but improvements had been made.

But he said: "We will not have a strong NHS unless we have strong economy."

Mr Corbyn then put a question from a mental health professional called Angela about services.

The SNP leader Angus Robertson said he hoped Labour would work with his party to oppose austerity.

He accused the Government of failing to devolve promised powers.

But this was rejected by the PM, who said the SNP leader had failed to say which promises had not been delivered and accused the nationalists of "bluster".

When tackled over the cap on public sector wage increases, Mr Cameron said increasing the tax threshold had delivered the equivalent of a pay rise for 29 million working people.

Responding to a question about Ebola and the role of British service personnel in tackling the emergency in West Africa, Mr Cameron appeared to take a sideswipe at Mr Corbyn's view on the armed forces.

The PM said when people asked about the point of UK troops he said they should look at Sierra Leone on a map.

Source: msn.com

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