PMQs were a rather subdued affair today, the first round of questions posed by Cameron focused on swine flu, with PM revealing that three new cases had been identified and all three had recently travelled to Mexico. He also stated that Health Secretary would be making another statement on the issue later today as well as detailing some of the provisions the government is making to prevent a wider outbreak in the country.
The issue of expenses was mentioned briefly, but the issue of Gurkha settlement rights was raised repeatedly by both sides of the House. It looked as if Cameron stole some Clegg’s thunder by raising the issue first, in the knowledge that the Lib Dems have tabled a debate today to keep the issue on the government’s agenda.
However, Cameron’s attempt to thunder steal failed, Nick Clegg performed unusually well today and pulled no punches; he claimed the PM’s answers on the Gurkha issue were “deeply evasive” and “shameful”. The PM did state that ministers would be reviewing the situation, in attempt to appease a widely popular cause.
The PM showed the House of Commons, that he was a creature of habit today by swiftly making an exit from the dispatch box, before realising he had scheduled a statement on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the result was wild howls of laughter from the Conservative benches.