The Labour leader said he would repeal the trade union reform bill the Conservatives have brought before parliament if he was elected Prime Minister. “The Rugby World Cup not only means that Wales will lift the Webb Ellis trophy, but it also gives us a great opportunity to sing the Welsh national anthem and the United Kingdom national anthem together”.
Mr Cameron welcomed the change in tone, telling his new Labour adversary that “no-one would be more delighted than me” if PMQs could become a “genuine exercise in asking questions and answering questions”.
“In the interest of fairness and un-biased reporting, David Cameron should also be referred to in terms of his place on the political spectrum – ‘the right-wing Prime Minister”.
“So, I sent out an email to thousands of people and asked them what questions they would like to put to the prime minister and I received 40,000 replies”, he told a packed House.
The most senior roles on the Labour front bench are all taken by men, leading to criticism from some MPs.
One of Jeremy Corbyn’s strongest Eurosceptic backers wants an explanation for why it was today announced the party would campaign to stay in the European Union “under all circumstances”.
The controversy over the anthem issue overshadowed the build-up to Corbyn’s much-anticipated first clash with Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron in a weekly question-and-answer session in parliament.
“And that is what’s really important and that is what Labour’s all about”.
“As far as I am concerned, the amendments we are putting forward are to remove the whole idea of the benefit cap altogether, ” he said”.
“These are all Labour Party people talking to themselves with the country listening when in actual fact we should be talking to and listening to the country – and that’s where the acid test will come in Jeremy’s leadership“.
“I think many people will be surprised”.
The Islington North MP had earlier vowed to create a less theatrical PMQs than has been previously exhibited and he started this process by using questions submitted to him by members of the public to quiz Mr Cameron, rather than his own.
Julian Ware-Lane, deputy leader of the Labour group on Southend Council, said: “We have suffered two bad losses in successive general elections, something I have personal experience of as a candidate on both occasions”.