James Forsyth

PMQs: Ed Miliband fails to bowl Cameron out

PMQs: Ed Miliband fails to bowl Cameron out
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I suspect that David Cameron was in a better mood at the end of PMQs than at the start. He sailed through the session with relative ease.

Ed Miliband went on living standards, his specialist subject, but his delivery was oddly flat. It was as if he was giving Cameron throw-downs in the nets rather than trying to bowl him out.

Cameron, who has been bested on the joke front these past few weeks, also had the better one liners. He gleefully read out an email from the Labour press office inviting people to a Miliband speech on the economy but warning there was no new policy in it. Labour, though, are claiming that they’re grateful for the plug for the speech.

One other interesting moment was when Penny Mordaunt, a Hampshire MP and one of the leaders of the Lords rebellion, used PMQs to take a pop at the Lib Dem candidate in Eastleigh. To much enthusiasm on the benches behind him, Cameron responded with a wee shot at the Lib Dems and an endorsement of the Tory candidate. I suspect that there’ll be a fair bit more coalition argy-bargy before the good people of Eastleigh go to the polls.