Cameron And Corbyn Just Had A Bizarre Row About Their Mums At PMQs

“Do up your tie and sing the national anthem.”

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The PM kicked it off after a Labour MP shouted "Ask your mother!" while he was answering a question about council cuts in Oxfordshire.

Cameron said: "Ask my mother? I think I know what my mother would say – she’d look across the despatch box and say ‘put on a proper suit, do up your tie and sing the national anthem’."

His comment sparked long cheers from the Tory benches, while Labour MPs shook their heads.

Corbyn then hit back: "If we’re talking of motherly advice, my late mother would have said ‘stand up for a health service free at the point of use for everybody’.

"Because that’s what she dedicated her life to, as did many of her generation."

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What’s Happening With Britain And The EU And Why Should We Care?

An explainer.

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Britain is gearing up for a referendum on its membership of the European Union, the first such vote for 41 years. David Cameron is expected to announce the date later this week after a crunch summit of EU leaders. If he can get all the leaders to agree on certain changes – which, he claims, are very substantial – the referendum is expected to take place on 23 June. But whether the prime minister’s reforms will be enough to satisfy members of his own Conservative party is another matter. Confused? BuzzFeed News attempts to explain how we got to this point.

It all goes back to the Conservative party’s election manifesto last year. Party leader David Cameron promised that if he was re-elected prime minister, there would be a referendum before the end of 2017 on whether Britain should stay in the EU or not.

The Conservatives went on to win the general election outright – defying the polls and leaving Cameron with no choice but to go ahead with the referendum. He’s since said it could be "the most important decision" British voters will take in their lifetime.

It was in January 2013 that Cameron made a big speech pledging an in-out referendum if the Tories won the 2015 general election. At the time he was under pressure from UKIP, an anti-EU party that was appealing to people’s mounting distrust of Europe, immigration, and politicians in general.

Cameron feared that the Conservatives would lose a big share of voters to UKIP in the general election if he didn’t promise a referendum. UKIP went on to score a historic victory in the UK’s European elections in 2014.

But it wasn’t just UKIP putting the PM under pressure. For many years, he had faced calls from his own Eurosceptic backbenchers to give people a vote on the EU. He wanted to put the issue to rest once and for all.


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