James Forsyth

PMQs: Why won’t Corbyn address the Tory EU divide?

PMQs: Why won't Corbyn address the Tory EU divide?
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David Cameron coasted through another PMQs today. Jeremy Corbyn asked about childcare but his questions were too long and unfocused to trouble the Prime Minister. It does seem odd that Corbyn doesn’t even dare approach the Tory split over the EU. He could surely have made something of IDS calling the government’s paper on the alternatives to EU membership a ‘dodgy dossier’?

David Davis asked Cameron, after Bernard Jenkin failed to turn up, whether he would get the HMRC to publish its figures showing how many NI numbers issued to EU nationals are active. This would show whether the official immigration figures are significantly undercounting the number of EU migrants coming to Britain to work. Cameron gave an emollient sounding answer but did not say he would have these numbers released.

It is hard to remember a time when our political debate has been more dramatic and important than it is now. But PMQs, at the moment, is dull and predictable.