Corbyn’s first PMQs

Jeremy Corbyn has had an incredibly busy few days. On Saturday he was elected as Labour leader in a landslide victory, securing 59% of the votes in the very first round. Sunday and Monday were spent appointing his Shadow Cabinet and addressing the TUC conference in Brighton. And yesterday Parliament approved £4.4bn in tax credit cuts at the second reading stage, but this was overshadowed by the fact that when Corbyn attended a service commemorating the Battle of Britain, he stood silent instead of singing the national anthem.

Today saw another very public test in the form of Prime Minister’s Questions. PMQs often turns into a braying contest between government and opposition benches, but it is nevertheless a weekly opportunity for MPs to hold the Prime Minister to account. As leader of the opposition, Corbyn is entitled to put six questions to Cameron during the half-hour session. So what, if anything, can we learn from this first clash between the two party leaders?

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