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News | Published December 05 2018

PMQs summary (Wed 5th Dec)

Interrupting the withdrawal agreement debates this week, PMQs focused less on Brexit than economic policy. As usual, the most noteworthy phase of the session consisted in a battle of words between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, with particular focus on the Conservative government's track record. Setting the tone for the rest of the debate was Jeremy Corbyn's citation of a UN report on UK poverty.

At the beginning of the session, attention was brought by the Speaker to Sammy Woodhouse, a child abuse survivor who went public with her story who was in attendance for PMQs. All corners of the House commended her bravery and welcomed her presence.

Highlights
  • PM and Corbyn battle over Tory government track record
  • Ian Blackford claims PM was not telling truth over Brexit legal advice
  • Discussion over UN report on UK poverty

Shortly after this introduction, Jeremy Corbyn cited the UN's special report on poverty in the UK, and suggested that this was an inevitable result of the "brutal policy."

Theresa May disagreed with the conclusion of the [UN] report, retorting that poverty levels are at 'record lows'

Theresa May disagreed with the conclusion of the report, retorting that poverty levels are at "record lows," with wages rising and an increasing number o f young people entering into employment. Corbyn responded that food bank usage is at a high and that, as a result of Universal Credit changes, some people will be left without money for Christmas, further noting that Conservative failures are particularly damning for those who are disabled.

Another occasion worth noting was Ian Blackford's suggestion that Theresa May was not telling the truth with regard to Brexit legal advice, which – thanks to his qualification that this was "inadvertent" – nearly had him disciplined by the Speaker.

Aside from this, the PM faced a number of questions over the Brexit agreement, with yet again another appearance being made from the People's Vote campaign – this time from Kevin Brennan.

To see a more exhaustive account of what happened in this session, see our live Twitter thread.