Isabel Hardman Isabel Hardman

PMQs: Immigration arguments mean Ukip won the session without asking a question

Ed Miliband chose one of his medleys of things that have gone wrong for today’s Prime Minister’s Questions. There were plenty of those to choose from, and the Labour leader started with the almighty row in the Tory party over the European Arrest Warrant. He accused David Cameron of delaying the vote because of the Rochester and Strood by-election, and offered the Prime Minister next week’s Opposition Day debate to hold it, where he said Labour would support him to get the measure through. Cameron was having none of that, though, and pledged that the vote would be held before Rochester. He claimed Miliband’s questions had collapsed.

Just as well, then, that Miliband had come with another topic, and another, to move swiftly onto. He next attacked on immigration, but Cameron still wanted to talk about the European Arrest Warrant, mounting a spirited defence of remaining within it. Even though he ultimately survived today's PMQs, that defence from a man who once criticised the EAW will not have helped his relations with his backbenchers, which seem to once again be rather poor.

Eventually both men did talk about immigration, and while Miliband failed to land any blows on the Prime Minister, Cameron didn't win this part of the medley, either. It descended into the pair going through the failures of both parties in this area. Miliband wanted to talk about the failure of the net migration target, and the backlog of cases in the asylum system. Cameron wanted to talk about Labour's failure on immigration, which he later returned to when Ian Austin gave a speech-ish question about public meetings he'd held on the matter.

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